Straight to the Heart

Straight to the Heart

FLASH FICTION—a complete short story telegraphed in a very few words—doesn’t pussyfoot around. It throws just one punch. Then it gets the hell out of there. It’s edgy. It’s trendy. And it’s fun to write. So this fall, in a daring break from our traditional themed essay contests, we invited local writers to submit flash fiction pieces of no more than 500 words, with the caveat that each story include the word “crow,” “elbow,” or “silver.” Following, the delightfully minimalist cream of an (ironically) abundant crop.

Halfway There | By Susan Lyn McCombs

Bloom | By Robert Menzimer

Tati’s Necklace | By Alisa Golden

Hardy’s Mother | By Toni Martin

Departures | By Stacy Appel

The Silver Age | By Richard Schwarzenberger

In the Mountains | By Deborah Steinberg

Cousins | By Flossie Lewis

Nightclub | By Melinda Clemmons

Faces of the East Bay

In the Philanthropic Swim

In the Philanthropic Swim

Rockridge residents John Bliss and Kim Thompson may live far removed the gritty flats of East and West Oakland. But this philanthropic couple see themselves as one with the citizens of Oakland, particularly those who are struggling financially, and they’re leading a campaign to get their “financially blessed” peers to invest in the community like they have by funding city programs to teach kids how to swim.