Academy Classics: O Tannenbaum

By Thomas Page The tree sort of slumped over. Ornaments scattered all over the ground. On the way down, the tree took out several pictures on the mantle. The ground was covered in broken glass, clay, and porcelain. Their dog, Sparkles, was trying to eat the remains of a surfing Santa. “Well, I’ll get some … Continue reading Academy Classics: O Tannenbaum

The Kitchen Disaster

By Tim Law It was a scene of complete and utter chaos. There was only one word for a kitchen that was the equivalent of a culinary bombsite, pandemonium. With the last blue ribbon clutched tight in her hand, Mayor Sarah Robbins starred, gob smacked, scanning the Community Centre Kitchen in utter dismay. Maybe she … Continue reading The Kitchen Disaster

The Great Gingerbread Rescue and Other Poems

By Ken Gosse The Great Gingerbread Rescue It happened in Maine at the Gingerbread Fest where the “World’s Best Cookie” is made. A deer got ensnared in the “Dough That’s The Best” when it wandered away from its glade. Though I wasn’t near, I did overhear what a lovely young lass told her beau: “Did … Continue reading The Great Gingerbread Rescue and Other Poems

Hedge Your Bets

By Doug Dawson             "Bless me Father, it's been ... three years since my last confession and these are my sins."             "Just a minute, my son ... why so long?"             "I've been very ... busy, Father."             "Too busy to come to confession?"             "I've been ... doing other things."             "Have you … Continue reading Hedge Your Bets

Catechism Lesson

By John Affleck When Monsignor Sweeney visits our fifth-grade classroom, everybody gets geeked up, even more than when we’re in Sister Madeline’s English class. Usually, we get about 30 minutes notice, like an air raid, before Sweeney shows up. Our homeroom teacher, Sister Noreen, announces the visit in a formal tone — we’re lucky enough … Continue reading Catechism Lesson