The restraint in Emilia's writing is powerful and almost musical in the way it describes a moment and projects a fuller story past the end of the page.

I'm on the fiction board of Philadelphia Stories, a quarterly, and every once in a while a story comes in that I just really like. No offense to any of the other writers out there -- I like the other material too, and I'll mention those in the future.

"Waiting Room Fairies" is one of those stories where there isn't a lot of explicit plot, or even character development, but the descriptions and details give you everything you need to finish the story in your mind. The restraint is powerful and almost musical in the way it describes a moment and projects a fuller story past the end of the page.  You can read in the Summer 2014 issue of Philadelphia Stories or on their website.

Philadelphia Stories celebrates its 10th anniversary with a gala event at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 7-10pm.

Philadelphia Stories celebrates its 10th anniversary with a gala event at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts (439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA) on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 7-10pm. The festivities will include a live auction, art opening, and the release of The Best of Philadelphia Stories, 10th Anniversary Edition anthology.

More information and reservations at philadelphiastories.org.

Returning from somewhere, nice to see them again, it's the Knife and Fork Band at the Dawson Street Pub, Friday night, August 1 (2014). With Amy Pickard sitting in.

Returning from somewhere, nice to see them again, it's the Knife and Fork Band at the Dawson Street Pub, Friday night, August 1 (2014). With Amy Pickard sitting in.August 1, 2014, 9pm

I don't meditate, unless one counts watching a news channel on the weekend and contemplating the meaninglessness of all existence, but Laurie Norton has made Sitting,  a wonderful short film about meditation.

It's paired with two other shorts, "Fade In" and "No, No, You First" and the whole thing is being released as a film called "Triptych."

Here's the catch.

...continue reading "Triptych: Sitting"