The Mysterious Gillioz

Plate 1 (above) The Mysterious Gillioz by Joshua Heston Heat waves shimmered across the asphalt. Alleyway trees, mostly ailanthus and catalpa, quivered against the rare breeze. Midday streets were nearly empty as the collective of Springfield business folk braced themselves against yet another scorching August day. Downtown Springfield, Missouri. Just another medium-sized city in America,…

A Christmas Need

A Christmas Need

A Christmas Need by Dale Grubaugh A Fraser fir is standing in my living room. Decorations have been found. Cookies are baking in the oven. Popcorn is popped; the cranberries and string are gathered for old-fashioned garland. Presents are being wrapped. Hot chocolate is simmering on the stove. The house fills with the sounds —…