United_StatesThe United States of America (USA) is home to 310 million people – the world’s third-largest population. The USA has a history of mass immigration dating from the 17th century and it is a melting pot of cultures from around the world. Nowadays there are about sixty thousand passengers airborne over the USA at any moment. In 1999 Nicholas White spent 41 hours stuck in an elevator at the forty third floor of a New York skyscraper.

Image accompanying a poem celebrating the beauty of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada of the United States
Lake Tahoe
Celine Rose Mariotti   It’s as blue as blue can be, God made it so Heavenly, It’s as beautiful as it can be for As far as the eye can...
Image accompanying a poem recalling children using grass reeds to create a range of rural sounds
Blowing Grass
Dorman Nelson   Blowing grass on the hillside means something different now than thirty years ago. It was actually that. sticking a blade of grass between your thumbs and blowing.......
Image accompanying a short story describing how a ranch hand's platonic love affair ends in unexpected happiness
Winter of ’93
Dorman Nelson   There was a time when he'd just ride up and say hello. She would flash a nice but shy smile and welcome his company. Now the old...
Image accompanying a story echoing the legend of Mississippi blues singer Robert Johnson's pact with the devil
Crossroads
Levi Noe   Clarksdale, Mississippi. It’s hot as hell, even at near midnight, but it seems appropriate. Hell’s exactly what I’m looking for, isn’t it? I’ve never been to the...
Image accompanying a memoir by an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University fondly recalling the innocent high jinks of his long-ago time as a student there
The Radiator and the Bra
Tom Klemens   It was a time before cell phones, email, when people still wore watches and when computer science majors had to sign up for time in the wee...
A short story about a young boy's first attempt at horse-back riding in Oklahoma and the lessons he lears from the experience and from the horse
Horse Sense: Lessons from the Saddle
Tammisan Mason   It was a hot and humid Oklahoma day; the kind of sunny day that scorches even the burliest of kin folk. School had been out for three...
Angel’s Landing
Alison Randall   The only reason I decided to sign up for the geology field trip was because Lauren’s name was on the sheet, two slots up. I printed my...
A Cure for Cancer
Roger Hurn   Jim Jones was on a hunting trip in the Alaskan wilderness. He drove his jeep along the bumpy track deep in the forest. The trees crowded in...
A Bird Named Scratch
Max Oliver    Strange name for a bird? Yes! When you read the story that got it the name, hopefully you will have a good laugh and feel some sadness...
A Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge
A Walk on the Brooklyn Bridge
Mike Carlson   It was a beautiful summer day in New York City. It was a day made for walking. John was standing at an intersection near the Brooklyn Bridge....