Dear Karen, Not You, the Other Karen

Dear Karen, no, not you, the other Karen.  Yes, you. I wanted to tell you how sorry I am about the hijacking of your name. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jami. I have no “e.” My parents left it off. Perhaps because they wanted to be original, or cute, hence the Jami Jo.  …

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Brie’s Treasure by Sarah Seefeldt

Listen here to Brie’s Treasure by Sarah Seefeldt read by Katie M. Reid! Or on your favorite podcast app!  Or read it below   Brie’s Treasure If trees represented families, Brie imagined hers as a poor neglected sapling with one little branch. She grew up as an only child without any cousins around.   Brie’s mother…

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Boxes of Desperation by Jennifer Ross

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Listen here to Boxes of Desperation by Jennifer Ross read by Katie M. Reid! Or on your favorite podcast app!  Or read it below   Jill opened her garage door and stared at two rows of what she liked to call “the brown beasts”.  They were actually brown dusty legal boxes they had brought back from…

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The Best Worst Day Ever by Jami Amerine

Listen here to The Best Worst Day Ever by Jami Amerine! Or on your favorite podcast app!  Or read it below Hi! I am Jami Amerine And this week’s remarkable thought is inspired by a story I wrote called Best Worst Day Ever,… take a beat, take a breath, and listen in  “Melissa, you are being…

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Mama Knows Best by Carrie Cox

Listen here to Mama Knows Best by Third Place Contest winner Carrie Cox! Or on your favorite podcast app!  Or read it below!     Mama Knows Best by Carrie Cox My best friend Liz and I parked outside Mississippi College to watch their men’s soccer game. Our friend Bo had just made the team and…

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Christmas in July by Katie M. Reid

Christmas in July

Listen here to Christmas in July an excerpt from Katie M. Reid’s A Very Bavarian Christmas here! Or on your favorite podcast app!  Or read it below!     Excerpt from Chapter 1 (of A Very Bavarian Christmas by Katie M. Reid):  Behold, She Will Be Called  Holly couldn’t believe this was her actual life. She…

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Picking up the Pieces by Melissa Smith

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Listen here to Picking up the Pieces Or on your favorite podcast app!  Or read it below! Picking Up the Pieces “Ugh! I can’t believe I forgot my sunglasses!” Tessa Davis said to herself as she waited in the school parking lot to pick up her oldest daughter. It was a rare sunny January day in…

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The Shameless Demise of the F Word

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Don’t worry, I am not going to say the F word.  I won’t say I haven’t ever said it.  But I will say, I can do better. I suspect we all can, but that isn’t really the point. While out running errands the other day, in an offensive blaze of Texas-sized,supped-up Ford glory, a monster…

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The Rosebush by Jane Kuczek

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Listen here to The Rosebush Or on your favorite podcast app!  Or read it below! The Rosebush If a story began by introducing a nice family with three young children living in a small town surrounded by corn fields, one might expect that story to reflect the quiet lifestyle and traditional values typical of such…

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Plot Twist by Bethany Turner

Plot Twist

Listen here to Plot Twist Or on your favorite podcast app!  Or read it below! Plot Twist By Bethany Turner “No, I mean it,” I said through my laughter fifteen minutes later as we continued standing and chatting by his car—some little convertible thing that seemed perfect for him. It wasn’t showy at all. Not…

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