Three Dollars

By Holman Turner I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1940s. One mid-afternoon,  my sister and I were sitting on the front porch of my grandmother’s home, under the watchful eye of my great-grandmother, “Mama”, who was retired.  My sister was three and I was five. Mama and I sat on  that porch virtually […]

That’s What Friends Are For

By Beverly Parayno  Joe Brady had no car, no job, and, sometimes, no home. When he wasn’t fighting with them, Joe lived with his parents, grandmother and younger sister in a sparse, one story house in Poughkeepsie. Their front door gaped wide open, an invitation for a multitude of mosquitos and flies. On weekends, Joe […]

Trusting the Universe

By Tamim Ansary The summer that men set foot on the moon, I decided to see if I could hitchhike across North America on five dollars and the kindness of strangers.  It was 1969,  two years after the Summer of Love, and the best minds of my generation were telling me that the cosmos would […]