Michelle Valois
Human Resources

Michelle Valois - Human Resources

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Michelle Valois lives in western Massachusetts with her partner and their three children. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming… Read more »
Seth Sawyers
Lettuce and Rabbits

Seth Sawyers - Lettuce and Rabbits

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Seth Sawyers has had essays appear in The Baltimore Sun, online at The Morning News, and in the literary journals… Read more »
Stephen J. West
The Drive from Morgantown to Baltimore

Stephen J. West - The Drive from Morgantown to Baltimore

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Stephen J. West lives, writes, and teaches in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is also a columnist and creative nonfiction editor… Read more »

Lettuce and Rabbits

Seth Sawyers

At the Cresaptown house, we had a garden as big as a basketball court. Jake was thirteen. I was eight, and Ryan was seven. In the winter, we rode sleds down the big hill, past the crabapple tree. When it was warm, we hurled a baseball until our skinny forearms throbbed. But in the spring, Dad planted. We watched as tomato seedlings shot up, as the cucumbers and zucchini spread, as the banana peppers came in as tiny and hard as Christmas lights.

But before all that, it was the lettuce that came up first. Dad sprinkled the seeds along the edges. I watched the lettuce. We all watched it. It was the first green we’d seen in months, since the snows, and it came up like little explosions, two leaves, then four, each set so green as to be almost illuminated from within. For weeks, we watched the leaves widening, thickening, that early green deepening.

The rabbits came. They sat in our front yard, serene, scattering when startled by headlights. At first, they nibbled only the white-green strawberries, but they were still too bitter. Then they found the lettuce and after that, rabbits were a different thing. We… Read more »