In this issue, we celebrate the shades of green of Spring. But while spring starts with light green shoots, as the weather heats up, things can get darker. We hope you enjoy the season!
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Marianne H. Donley

Will Wright

A. E. Decker 

Headley Hauser

Christopher D. Ochs
Carol L. Wright

Sam, Adrienne and the Big Fish

Philip DiGiacomo

I’m tired of trying to see the good in people. After pushing past all the bad sometimes there’s nothing left. Of course I can’t actually see anything, my sight having been taken from me when I was six. My Mom forgot to strap me in as usual and was trying to light a Newport as usual when she drove our station wagon hard into the back of a sanitation truck.

Philip DiGiacomo
’s work has appeared in “The Nervous Breakdown”, “1888 The Cost of Paper”, “Fiction on The Web”, “Halfway Down the Stairs”, “Fishfood Magazine” and The Examined Life Journal. He is a former painter and actor from New York. He was a student of Lou Mathews and Colette Sartor at UCLA. Twenty- seven years ago he moved to a bluff on Pacific Coast Highway where he lives with his wife, the painter Hilary Baker. It’s where he writes, reads, cooks, and sometimes races an old Porsche.

The First Temptation

Mike Murphy

In the sunny Garden, Eve turned on a bare heel as she heard an unfamiliar voice call her name. Following the sound, she walked toward the Tree and discovered the serpent. “Got a minute?” it hissed.

“You can speak?” 

“Of course,” it responded, happily flicking its forked crimson tongue.

Mike Murphy
 has had over 150 audio plays produced in the U.S. and overseas. He has won five Moondance International Film Festival awards in their TV pilot, audio play, short screenplay, and short story categories. 
His prose work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies. In 2015, his script “The Candy Man” was produced as a short film under the title "Dark Chocolate. " In 2013, he won the inaugural Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting competition.

Mike keeps a blog at audioauthor.blogspot.com

Nothing Like a Good Single Malt

DL Willette

Ryan was glad Fred had died. His boss’s heart attack couldn’t have been timed any better.

The Blue Lizard Bar and Grill thrummed with the steady buzz of good-natured story-telling and an occasional guffaw from the mourners remembering Fred.

Tie loosened, Ryan leaned forward in his chair and watched a few small groups gathered near the scuffed bar. In the back of the room, cliques of office workers stood by the cheap pool tables.

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DL Willette is a writer who grew up in Arizona and now lives in rural Missouri with her husband and a spoiled blue tick coonhound. Her work has appeared in Silver Pen's Youth Imagination Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @DLWillettewritr, and on Medium https://medium.com/@DLWillette

A Good Trip With a Friend

Joyce Frohn

I sniff noses with all my kin one last time. It’s time for me to take that long walk away. This last journey must be alone. Food doesn’t taste good and all my bones ache. The deer are too fast and the world has been getting fuzzy. Better to do it now before it gets colder.

Joyce Frohn is married with a teenaged daughter. She has been published in Page&Spine, An Anthology of Hate, and many other places. She has two cats, a lizard, chickens, and a Patreon account.