Crossword Puzzles
Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Another Restless Night in My Apartment
Charles Childers

A Dark and Early Breakfast
Kara Wellman

I Speak of
Lindsay Hansard

Self Portrait as a Ghost
Jenna Citrus

Pocket Watch
Andrea Ruffier

Katy Knight

Listening In
Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Priceless Advice
Erin Amschlinger

Make Me Like Autumn
Emily Sirko

What I Want to Know About You
Emily Sirko

Time Lines
RoseMary Klein

Danger of Devotion
Jennevie Stephenson

Lies We Tell Our Children
Paige Thulin

Sandstone Village
Marissa Kopco

Marissa Kopco

Nurture Nest
Margalit Schindler

Star Shooting
Jenna Citrus

Jenna Citrus

It Is All in the Mind
Jenna Citrus

"definitions belong
to the definers, not
the defined"

Emily Sirko

The Sand’s Script
David Albert Solberg

The Night of
the Dance

Devin Prasatek

Cognitive Decline

Charlsa Hensley

Amy Hinman

Jamie Lefevre

Emily Sirko

Dripping Conviction of an Everlasting Beauty
Nada Abdelrahim


Lies We Tell Our Children

If you don’t stop making that face it’ll stay that way.
There’s no more candy.
Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.
You won’t grow if you don’t eat your vegetables.
If you eat the seeds, a watermelon will grow inside you.
That’s hilarious.
Santa won’t come until you go to sleep.
If you watch too much TV, your eyes will fall out.
The bird is just sleeping.
Oh, it’s beautiful!
You won!
You can tell me anything.
I understand.
It’s what’s inside that counts.
There’s no such thing as monsters.
I’ll always be here.

Everything will be okay.

About the Author

Paige Thulin is the awkward product of a maternity nurse and a mortician. She is pursuing degrees in film and English at Grand Valley State University, and she is also an amateur ukulelist.