Milestone Greeting Cards with #HaikuJim

By James W. Gaynor   Happy Birthday The day you were born a lot more than you happened. Get over yourself. Graduation Accumulating a mountain of debt merits some celebration. New Job Think of your new boss like a kind of step-parent. Possibly evil. Wedding (Groom) You have what it takes to fool her most […]

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Fear and Ice

By Glenn A. Bruce Snow fell—lightly at first, then heavier. By nightfall, billions of tiny flakes were coming down like a single, connected mass—a three-dimensional bedsheet of white terror that stretched out as far as Georgia Fontaine could see, blending into a horizon she could only imagine existed at the edge of her small world. […]

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Time Passages

Hickory, dickory, dock, The mouse ran up the clock; The clock struck one, And down he run, Hickory, dickory, dock. ~Mother Goose, Hickory Dickory Dock From the age that I first heard and understood the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock, I have been fascinated by the concept of time.  An insomniac even as an elementary […]

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Submission Guidelines for Authors and Regular Contributors

Open Thought Vortex Magazine wants your work for publication on this site. All submissions will be selected personally by Shareen or one of our authors in residence . Expect unusual interactions with your OTV hosts. If your work is of interest, you are of interest. Our correspondence won’t be polished, run-of-the-mill, or even to the point. It might be […]

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11 Non-Traditional Films to Add To Your Holiday Watch-list

It’s that very special time of year where families gather together and celebrate with too much food and too many presents! Okay, so maybe Christmas has come and gone but that doesn’t mean the Christmas-themed films need to be locked away. As we slide on into the New Year and hope for a good ol’ […]

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#HabitualHaiku Round-up: December Edition

By James W. Gaynor   #HabitualHaiku for a Digital Age I start my writing day by creating a haiku based on the content of both a sentence and the title of the article in which it appears in the New York Times —  giving the classic syllabic pattern of 5 / 7 / 5 a slant tailored to my […]

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Life Goes On

  One of my favorite musicals is Fiddler on the Roof. In the opening sequence, the villagers of Anatevka tell of their traditions and the roles each member plays within them. As the story unfolds, Tevye struggles to accept the fact that his daughters are growing up and growing away from him as they break […]

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Star Poems by Joseph Murphy

By Joseph Murphy   The Star I’d never met another on that steep hill’s summit. Wild flowers grew as they would Along a country lane: sunset Highlighting petals. I stood on jagged rock, vastness Of skyline and bay below. A star appeared through sheer clouds: that instant The past seemed no more Than an empty […]

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Christmas Breakfast

By Mike Raven   An annual tradition for me at this time of year is the Christmas breakfast. Every year, I have breakfast at my parents on Christmas Day. Rather than having a big turkey dinner as most people have as their traditional meal, my parents always went for a large and impressive breakfast in […]

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Love, Safety and Unity: an American Dream Forgotten

By Raymond Mitchell   My sister called Monday evening.  We had already had a Happy Thanksgiving call, but she just wanted to talk.  As we were chatting, we began recalling Christmas in the early 40’s when we lived with my grandparents. My parents were a little crazy about Christmas.  The tree was standing in the […]

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