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Thoughts Trailing

By Jane Vogel The map shows a trail, every turn. One more leggy old cholla claims its own silhouette against brush and Bermudagrass, branches splitting and spreading like open hands begging the sky.Needles hide in blinding sunlight.We stand at lookouts where no housesor cars are visible  but hypothesize about a face in the rock, hope to see spirits, but it is a […]

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Peyote Gringo

By Judy McLain Welcome to Webb County If Newton Loudermilk had bothered to ask around he would have found out that the Peyote Cactus is just about done for in South Texas. The cactus was nearly hunted out of existence back in the 1970s, when Carlos Castaneda published his books about Don Juan the Yaqui […]

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Solar Lightning

Solar Lightning By Rhonda Krol It was late when I woke up again. Rob must’ve turned off my classic station. Turning over, the warmth from the window, more like a heat lamp, got me out of bed. Even more perplexing. What is that sound? The last night’s storms had been relentless, keeping us awake for hours. The […]

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Interrupted Ground

By Judy McLain Until Tilley came along, Pocket might as well have been raised by wolves or lesser canids. Her father was a scientist, involved in creating a chemical compound that had the taste and texture of butter, could be used for baking because it maintained its molecular structure over 350 degrees and added no […]

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The King of the River

by Sarah Goldsmith The sun was already creeping high in the sky, its rays dancing on the rippling river. The golden wheat in the field beyond the opposite river bank fluttered in the gentle breeze, the church steeple peeking above it on the horizon. Bees buzzed lazily, already drunk on the pollen they carried. It was […]

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