Waking early and hungry, he leaves the warmth and comfort of his suburban bi-level house on Sunday mornings. My father drives, not to the closest bakery, but to one he deems the best in the art of bagel boiling and baking, and carefully chooses a variety of the classics- plain, onion, sesame, poppy, rye and pumpernickel. Several dozens, along with packages of cream cheese, are placed into multiple bags and deposited semi- anonymously on friends and neighbors doorsteps. As the sun continues to rise, and he is confident that others will be awake, he begins to receive something in return for his gift, a cup of coffee, glass of juice or a morning schmooze. The phone at our home where my sister, mother and I are still asleep starts ringing providing an audible trail of his visits.
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Featuring: Issue 104, published October 2022, features works of poetry, flash fiction, short nonfiction, and photography by Elizabeth Allison, Christine Arroyo, Gary Lee Barkow, Teja BenAmor, Paula Marafino Bernett, V.A. Bettencourt, MD Bier, Christopher Paul Brown, Brian Builta, A. Cabrera, Robert Carr, Connor Doyle, Janine Harrison, Cathy Hollister, K.L. Johnston, Carella Keil, Eleanor Kowol, Sheree La Puma, Quincy Gray McMichael, J. Bradley Minnick, Nigel Paton, Patrick T. Reardon, Jim Ross, Deborah Sherman, Danielle Shorr, Kimm Brockett Stammen, Rachel Stempel, Stefan Sullivan, Rodrigo Toscano, Nick Visconti, and Jean Wolff.
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