Give Thanks for Good Reading!

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In the latest issue of Longridge Review (Fall 2017):

Victims or Others?
Gina Ferrara (New Orleans) remembers a colorful crew of men who play cards at her grandfather’s bar and clubhouse in the French Quarter. “Chicago Mike” always seems to have an assortment of random gifts on him. One day, Gina and her sister are the recipients of some of those gifts, and she finds herself asking herself questions about what it means to be involved in something you’re not even sure you understand.

How to Be on Time
Andy Harper (Illinois) weaves a narrative that goes to an unexpected place. When he finds his young adult self beset by unexpected anxiety, he is determined to follow the bread crumbs to its origin. The conclusion is shocking. This essay broke a couple of hearts at our editorial table, and is an excellent example of why we publish Longridge Review.

Anne Muccino (Kansas City) reflects on the first time she repeated a term spoken inside her family and realized it wasn’t something said aloud to others, most importantly not to the people being labeled with that word. This is a poignant snapshot of a child’s dawning awareness that not everything said casually or even said warmly has a causal or warm effect on others.

Shooting Stars
Jonathan Sonnenberg (New York City) deftly tells us something about himself by writing about an influential teacher.  Mr. Bell likes to ask his students prickly questions. Have they ever been drunk? Tried pot? Cocaine? The class is pretty used to his provocations, until one afternoon a question sucks the air out of room. Mr. Bell is after more than discomfort. He has something he needs them to know.

A Bowl Full of Jelly
Victoria Waddle (Claremont) is devastated by her grandmother’s death, but learns how to conjure her presence in dreams. These visits help, some, but become increasingly dissatisfying as her grandmother never comes fully back to who she was in life. Eventually, the dream woman sends a message that makes it plain her visits are over. But will she ever truly not be there, somewhere?

Sentence Enhancers
Teige Weidner (Oregon) has a story about his childhood that will ring familiar to too many readers. He is bullied, a lot, and the abuse is taking a toll. No one seems to appreciate how bad things are for young Teige, but they are about to find out. After all, we all only have so much fuse, and his is about to burn down.

via #9, Fall 2017: 6 New Essays + Deb Farrell = Your Longridge Review

Young Writers: The Bad Guy on Snail Road

I am working with various other adults to create a program in my community. It is called Charleston Young Writers and you can read more about it here:

This morning I simply want to share a delightful snippet of an original story by a friend’s daughter. It was posted as part of her mother’s Facebook status update, and I immediately begged to share it as an example of how even very young children can thrive in the joy of creative writing.

Without further ado….

Up, Up and Away the Sailboat and The Train Go | by Adrienne N., age not-quite-5

The Bad Guy went to Snail Road. The Bad Guy said, “Can you help me?”
The snail said, “I am delicious.”
He said, “Why are you delicious?” in a very strong voice.
The snail said, “Cause I’m delicious.”
The Bad Guy was very angry at the snail.

There is just something so uninhibited about this crazy rambling that reads almost like a Beat poem. The random and calmly persistent snail response, as well as the frustration of The Bad Guy to said response, reminds me of so many useless adult conflicts.

Shhhhh….they’re listening to us.