By U.S. State
The Grog Days Are Over
by Kayleigh (Fongers) Van Wyk | Feb 22, 2023 | Placeless
Grog is like a heightened version of a scavenger hunt combined with freeze tag—all taking place in the dark
What Would Tolkien Think of “Goblin Mode”?
by Emily Joy Stroble | Feb 21, 2023 | Placeless
“You’ve got it the wrong way around,” I imagine Tolkien saying.
Nobody Wants to Do the Dishes
by Katerina Parsons | Feb 20, 2023 | Placeless
No one sits for hours at an information booth because it is their passion.
One Hundred Percent Home
by Lillie Spackman | Feb 19, 2023 | New York
I think I’ve had to get good at making a home for myself where there was none before.
Toxic Foodborne Fungal Event
by Ben DeVries | Feb 18, 2023 | Placeless
Beyond the walls, the infected lurk—zombies in all but name.
A Valentine’s Day Encounter
by Laura Sheppard Song | Feb 17, 2023 | Placeless
It was so sweet how you wanted to make me feel comfortable.
Three Swoon-Worthy Romances and Three that Should’ve Stayed Friends
by Tiffany Kajiwara | Feb 16, 2023 | Placeless
I can’t believe that I’m unconvinced about a romance with People Magazine’s Sexist Man Alive Paul Rudd. It’s a waste, really.
Yet to Come
by Courtney Zonnefeld | Feb 15, 2023 | Placeless
The best days of our lives are behind us; the best days of our lives are before us.
by Michal Rubingh | Feb 14, 2023 | Hungary
He sings along as he weighs my onions.
The Ritual of Snail Mail
by Olivia Harre | Feb 13, 2023 | Placeless
Something felt almost sacred about holding them, the faded writing scrawled on the back of fraying cards.
by Jack Kamps | Feb 12, 2023 | Placeless
Unlike computer interfaces, however, life has yet to present me with a box I can check that says “Do not ask me again.”
Costco Wedding Rings
by Gabrielle Eisma | Feb 11, 2023 | Placeless
After a year or so, he wouldn’t remember the first trip, and the third trip with the same snack samples would be just as much of a treat.
French Onion Soup
by Philip Rienstra | Feb 10, 2023 | Grand Rapids
If I had to choose between a mediocre french onion soup and a meal of three corn dogs with spicy mayo, I would choose the former every time
How do You Get a Cow Across a Firth?
by Gwyneth Findlay | Feb 9, 2023 | Scotland
In one corner, it imagines a boat.
by Josh Parks | Feb 8, 2023 | Placeless
“I’ve tried this book before,” said I, “with the success of a sore-legged predator. It stings and slogs in a circus of circumlocutions.”
The Juiceman Legacy
by Susannah Boersma | Feb 7, 2023 | Michigan
I awaited the next instruction; it never came.
God Bless My Noisy Neighbors
by Hannah Riffell | Feb 6, 2023 | Placeless
I can hear their little terrier skitter across the floor or jump off the couch with an adorable thud.
Figure 1: Chronic Overcommitment Cycle
by Alex Johnson | Feb 5, 2023 | Placeless
But then your inbox stays dead. Your calendar remains open.
Phone Calls with Nathan
by Ansley Kelly | Feb 3, 2023 | Placeless
Like he says,”What’s the worst thing that could happen?”
An Ode to My Check Engine Light
by Christina Ribbens | Feb 2, 2023 | Placeless
And for a moment I thought, “Ah, maybe the car has healed itself,” before remembering that only living things can heal themselves and that my car, although I sometimes talk to it as if it were a person, is not a living thing.
by Sam Tuit | Feb 1, 2023 | Placeless
It was a bit like walking into a friend’s home to find they’d unexpectedly moved out, leaving empty shelves, bare walls, and rooms with no furniture.
by Jon Gorter | Jan 28, 2023 | Michigan
Lurking the rocky bottom, deep in the black abyss of Bear Lake, the walleye patrols his kingdom
The Final Word
by Anna Jeffries | Jan 27, 2023 | Placeless
Stop littering! Stop using hollow cardboard words!
The Five Stages of Grieving a Bad Book
by Annaka Koster | Jan 26, 2023 | Placeless
It is not uncommon for readers at this stage to lash out at others; example behaviors include a savage Twitter mention and/or telling the librarian who recommended the book that he should “seek a new career path.”
What’s With All the Pants Posts?
by Natasha (Strydhorst) Unsworth | Jan 25, 2023 | Arizona
“Grand Canyon? More like Bland Canyon.”
Thoughtful Streaming on a Budget
by Joshua Polanski | Jan 24, 2023 | Placeless
You’ll find mid-budget Dad-tier sci-fi films you forgot about, and you’ll come across Chinese war movies that you’ve never heard of; there’s something for everyone here.
My Weirdest Experiences Working in Retail
by Mitchell Barbee | Jan 23, 2023 | Michigan, Virginia
I had only seen these cookies served on Delta flights, so my first thought was wondering how she had smuggled them off the plane
On Friendship and Gratitude
by Kayleigh (Fongers) Van Wyk | Jan 22, 2023 | Placeless
For me, friendship has hardly been that simple.
23 Things that Make You an Objectively Cool Person
by Emily Joy Stroble | Jan 21, 2023 | Placeless
Discipline is cool. A fascination with violence is not.
This Old House
by Lillie Spackman | Jan 19, 2023 | Placeless
I found myself nodding along with the explanations about heat exchangers and chuckling at the jokes about battery-free plumb bobs.
- What’s a City to Me? by Laura Sheppard Song
- Grand Rapids in Five Songs by Michal Rubingh
- Ten Incredibly Specific, Fake Phobias that I 100% Have by Annaka Koster
- The City at the End of the World by Josh Parks
- What Men Live By by Lander Hultin
- Fictional Cities Where I Wouldn’t Move by Courtney Zonnefeld
- When Your Hometown Stops Being Home by Mitchell Barbee