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Vol. 26, Iss. 1: Mr. Morton needed a new pair of shoes.
Vol. 25, Iss. 4: It was the farthest north they had ever been.
Vol. 25, Iss. 3: As soon as Harriet entered the building, she headed to the seventh floor.
Vol. 25, Iss. 2: All the lawns on Mentone Avenue are mowed on Wednesdays.
Vol. 25, Iss. 1: I am the second Mrs. Roberts.
Vol. 24, Iss. 4: When he died, their father had two requests.
Vol. 24, Iss. 3: Lily unlocked the back door of the thrift store using a key that didn't belong to her.
Vol. 24, Iss. 2: Thomas hadn't expected to be alive when the town's time capsule was opened.
Vol. 24, Iss. 1: Rayna sat in front of the mirror removing her makeup and wondered who she would discover underneath.
Vol. 23, Iss. 4: Later that evening, they sat alone in their apartment, wondering if they had made the right decision.
Vol. 23, Iss. 3: "What should we do with the body?".
Vol. 23, Iss. 2: Lena was raised on violin lessons and minimal parental supervision.
Vol. 23, Iss. 1: Darryl slid three quarters into the vending machine and weighed his options.
Vol. 22, Iss. 4: Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else.
Vol. 22, Iss. 3: The Simmons Public Library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless people and the wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhood.
Vol. 22, Iss. 2: The door was locked.
Vol. 22, Iss. 1: Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open.
Vol. 21, Iss. 4: Anniversary Issue #4
Vol. 21, Iss. 3: Anniversary Issue #3
Vol. 21, Iss. 2: Anniversary Issue #2
Vol. 21, Iss. 1: Anniversary Issue #1
Vol. 20, Iss. 4: As she trudged down the alley, Cenessa saw a small ________.
Vol. 20, Iss. 3: The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air.
Vol. 20, Iss. 2: "I wanted you to be the first to know," Rowan tentatively confided in me.
Vol. 20, Iss. 1: Leo massaged the back of his neck, thankful the meeting was finally over.
Vol. 19, Iss. 4: "I'm tired of trying to see the good in people."
Vol. 19, Iss. 3: Frank Rooney had been the manager of the Shop & Save for thirty-eight years, and he wasn't retiring anytime soon.
Vol. 19, Iss. 2: The plan suddenly made sense.
Vol. 19, Iss. 1: Eddie tended to drift into whatever jobs were available that would pay the rent.
Vol. 18, Iss. 4: In the six years I spent tracking David Addley, it never occurred to me that he didn't exist.
Vol. 18, Iss. 3: Mrs. Morrison was too busy to die.
Vol. 18, Iss. 2: By the fifteenth month of the drought, the lake no longer held her secrets.
Vol. 18, Iss. 1: "Unfortunately, there is no mistake," she said, closing the file.
Vol. 17, Iss. 4: George pressed the call button and said, "Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.
Vol. 17, Iss. 3: The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.
Vol. 17, Iss. 2: Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to.
Vol. 17, Iss. 1:
Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.

Vol. 16, Iss. 4: We went as far as the car would take us.
Vol. 16, Iss. 3:
Fifty miles west of Bloomington lies Hillsboro, a monument to middle-class malaise.

Vol. 16, Iss. 2: "Please, Sylvia, give me a moment to think."
Vol. 16, Iss. 1: Carlos discovered [blank] under a pile of shoes in the back of his grandmother's closet.
Vol. 15, Iss. 4: I came of age in a time of no heroes.
Vol. 15, Iss. 3: There must have been thousands standing in the rain that day.
Vol. 15, Iss. 2: I started collecting secrets when I was just six years old.
Vol. 15, Iss. 1: On a perfect spring morning with flat seas and clear blue skies, Captain Eli P. Cooke made a terrible mistake.
Vol. 14, Iss. 4: Sometimes, when it's quiet, I can remember what my life was like before moving to Cedar Springs.
Vol. 14, Iss. 3: A light snow was falling as Charlie Reardon left the diner and made his way down Madison Street.
Vol. 14, Iss. 2: Rachel's first trip to England didn't go as planned.
Vol. 14, Iss. 1: "There are a few things you need to know before we start."
Vol. 13, Iss. 4: It had been a long year.
Vol. 13, Iss. 3: Edwin spotted them the moment he stepped off the train.
Vol. 13, Iss. 2: "We need to talk."
Vol. 13, Iss. 1: Sam was a loyal employee.
Vol. 12, Iss. 4: Until I stumbled across an article about him in the paper, I never realized how much Walter Dodge and I are alike.
Vol. 12, Iss. 3: Three thousand habitable planets in the known universe, and I'm stuck on the only one without [blank].
Vol. 12, Iss. 2: Paul and Miriam Kaufman met the old-fashioned way.
Vol. 12, Iss. 1: Working for God is never easy.
Vol. 11, Iss. 4: Waiting for change always seems to take longer than you would expect.
Vol. 11, Iss. 3: "My life is a sham."
Vol. 11, Iss. 2: For two weeks now, I've been trying to figure out if people are laughing with me or at me.
Vol. 11, Iss. 1: Herman Sligo was a bit actor who played Uncle Emil in three episodes of the popular television series The Five Sisters.
Vol. 10, Iss. 4: While not the intended effect, the outcome was surprisingly satisfying.
Vol. 10, Iss. 3: Roy owned the only drive-thru funeral business in Maine.
Vol. 10, Iss. 2: Nick had considered himself a lucky guy, until now.
Vol. 10, Iss. 1: Sometimes the name they give you is all wrong.
Vol. 9, Iss. 4: After nine years of marriage, Mary knew that the holidays were not a good time to ask her husband for a favor.
Vol. 9, Iss. 3: Calvin once complained that there were not enough [blank] in the world.
Vol. 9, Iss. 2: My first impression of Phillip was that he was blessed with ignorance.
Vol. 9, Iss. 1: In Pigwell, time is not measured in days or weeks but by the number of eighteen wheelers that drive past my house.
Vol. 8, Iss. 4: It was her silent affirmations that kept her from going completely insane.
Vol. 8, Iss. 3: When my brother, Andrew, went away to college, he left me his fishing pole, a well-read copy of The Wind in the Willows, and a stack of Playboys.
Vol. 8, Iss. 2: Tessa sent up a hasty prayer for forgiveness as she slipped on the dress Mamma had bought her in exchange for a promise not to marry Al.
Vol. 8, Iss. 1: Mamma has always had a love for other people's possessions.
Vol. 7, Iss. 4: "That was the best game we've ever had!"
Vol. 7, Iss. 3: Having little to his name when he died, the reading of Henry Fromm's will went quickly.
Vol. 7, Iss. 2: As the warrior guided [his/her] horse back home, [he/she] pondered what the future might hold.
Vol. 7, Iss. 1: Life would be so much easier if I were a cartoon character.
Vol. 6, Iss. 4: The inside was dark.
Vol. 6, Iss. 3: I was born Rosa Carlotta Silvana Grisanti, but in the mid-Eighties, I legally changed my name to Eve.
Vol. 6, Iss. 2: "Why are you always so cynical?"
Vol. 6, Iss. 1: There were five of them, which was two more than I'd been expecting.
Vol. 5, Iss. 4: I opened my e-mail with a mix of apprehension and excitement.
Vol. 5, Iss. 3: "So, all of it was just a lie?"
Vol. 5, Iss. 2: The view from up here is incredible and makes me feel [blank].
Vol. 5, Iss. 1: Paul Fischer was a graduate student studying biochemistry at Emory when he met my mother.
Vol. 4, Iss. 4: I can't believe I just heard that.
Vol. 4, Iss. 3: Jimmy Hanson was a sallow man who enjoyed little in life save for his [blank].
Vol. 4, Iss. 2: "The incident on the island is the stuff of legend, but let me tell you the real story."
Vol. 4, Iss. 1: The first thing I saw when I woke was Chris' face.
Vol. 3, Iss. 6: "How did you end up with a nickname like that?"
Vol. 3, Iss. 5: "Please state your name for the court."
Vol. 3, Iss. 4: "Step this way as our tour of Earth continues."
Vol. 3, Iss. 3: Hal couldn't sleep.
Vol. 3, Iss. 2: The party was only the beginning of what would happen tonight.
Vol. 3, Iss. 1: "It was the only thing he couldn't do for her."
Vol. 2, Iss. 6: It sounded like she said, "Every day when I get home, I find a naked body in the bed."
Vol. 2, Iss. 5: Whitney Heather Yates knew she was in trouble from the moment she learned how to spell her name.
Vol. 2, Iss. 4: I remember the radio was playing the best song.
Vol. 2, Iss. 3: My father and I left on a Thursday.
Vol. 2, Iss. 2: The person on the train kept saying, "I believe," over and over and over.
Vol. 2, Iss. 1: The picture told the entire story.
Vol. 1, Iss. 4: As the curtain rose, the scenario began to play itself out.
Vol. 1, Iss. 3: "Well, there's ten minutes of my life I'll never get back."
Vol. 1, Iss. 2: The rules are clearly spelled out in the brochure.
Vol. 1, Iss. 1: Just like his fifth grade teacher, Mr. Young, had always told him, Brian put on his thinking cap.

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OT 65: The Job
OT 64: What the Winner Takes
OT 63: Walkin' Papers
OT 62: Memory Care
OT 61: Soft Places
OT 60: The Chicken Sexer
OT 59: Gone Fishing
OT 58: Random Uncertainty
OT 57: The Art of Interviewing
OT 56: Strikes
OT 55: The RIF
OT 54: In Zugzwang
OT 53: Machine Shop: A Love Story
OT 52: College Money
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OT 50: Orwell's Year
OT 49: Eikaiwa Bums
OT 48: Graveyard
OT 47: The Death of DemiVer Data Services
OT 46: The Clean Room
OT 45: Big Julie
OT 44: Ropes and Ladders
OT 43: Still Wet With Dishwater
OT 42: Brick and Mortar
OT 41: At the Wheel of the Western World
OT 40: Into the Ends of the World
OT 39: The Leaf Blower
OT 38: Fact-Finding
OT 37: Something L.A.
OT 36: Along the Water Line
OT 35: The Night Manager
OT 34: La Gorra
OT 33: Life in the Dungeon
OT 32: Timothy Weatherstone
OT 31: Drydock (and other poems)
OT 30: Cumberland Valley Chevy
OT 29: Twenty-First Floor
OT 28: Inspection
OT 27: The Ghost
OT 26: This Is Only Temporary
OT 25: Black/Shift
OT 24: Peddling Souls
OT 23: A Day's Wages & The Old System and the New
OT 22: The Mill
OT 21: Malignance
OT 20: Above the Line
OT 19: The List
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OT 17: Endicott Lowell
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