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January 13, 2023

Hanson Opperknockity

Knowing that the piano had just been tuned that very afternoon, Mikel asked, “Are there any other notes that are ‘broken’?” Young Hans scrunched up his face and then plucked the piano keys from the very lowest bass notes to the delicate high notes. In all, he picked six other notes that were ‘broken’. Mikel told Hanson that the piano tuner had been there that afternoon but that he would call him and arrange for him to return and make sure that Hanson was there to “help” the tuner.
January 10, 2023

Holding the Contradiction

In the name of progress, progressives have enforced new binary categories. Voicing disagreement is similarly branded. Accusations fly. Asking questions, challenging, identifying absurdities like insisting on terms like chest feeding – you are an enemy. The Right is quick to pick it up and use it. If you aren’t with us, you are against us.
January 8, 2023

My Favorite Things: Storm Season

I was terrified of the disaster the storm could bring, the damage it could do to my safe world. I was terrified of damage happening when I wasn’t looking because I thought somehow I could stop it if I could see it coming.
January 6, 2023

A Saturday in Paris

“Could I have a look at the Meissen porcelain figurines?” He had a slight accent. He pointed to the shelf. There were about ten figures displayed. He carefully took one of them in his trembling hands, a shepherdess with a lamb, and carefully put it back in slow motion.
January 4, 2023

The Way Cats Wake Up to a Passion of Birds

We don’t remember light. We remember the dark. The cruelties; the misgivings. We remember winter and fistfuls of ice, like cold salt tossed in a face with contempt, a form of shunning, bitter the gesture; the censure of wind and snow.
December 27, 2022

Nightfall in the Garden of Deep Time: Book Review

Nightfall in the Garden of Deep Time is the perfect for casual reading fans of The Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia. More than that, it is a must read for anyone who feels a creative spirit. It will feed your soul and affirm your confidence.
December 24, 2022

Man in the Shadows

Lydie walked down the sidewalk, enjoying the lazy snowfall. She felt as if she were in a snow globe. How pretty it was with Christmas lights up around the city. Her boots clacked on the sidewalk as she made her way home. It had been a rough day trying to get everything in under the deadline. She wondered why her coworkers panicked when they knew this day would come. But, as usual, they got the newspaper finished under the wire.
December 15, 2022

Yugen – Volume 2, Issue 6 of the MockingOwl Roost

Each piece published by our contributors and staff have this sense of “otherness” in the in-between space where words are never enough. Being a publication full of words, this was a unique challenge for authors, perhaps, but the community has done a beautiful job of showing this challenging space through stories that help give words to those feelings.