Six Word Story (61)

Dreams, it’s what we’re made of.

Even the ones that are never realized shine in our eyes. Don’t let them die. Finding new dreams after the first ones fade is strength.

©2022 Mary Grace van der Kroef

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Winter’s Harvest/Paddler Press

Paddler Press is a new poetry and art mag based in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong, Ontario.” – From Paddler Press Home Page

It excited me when the editor of Paddler Press tweeted he was expanding the call for Issue Three to include Creative None Fiction. I had a piece I felt would be a great fit and jumped at the opportunity.

Deryck N. Robertson felt the same way and blessed me by including it in this great third issue of Paddler Press, All Together.

“Deryck is an elementary teacher, outdoorsman, composer, poet, husband and father.” – from Paddler Press Mast Head Page

“Winter’s Harvest” closes out this issue by inviting its readers to visit the world of my early childhood. It was great fun writing this piece and reliving the details when I called my parents to make sure I remembered correctly.

The Cover features “Unknown Terrain” by Julie Francey.

Paddler Press is a great edition to the Canadian and international word of literary magazines. I hope to see many more issues from them and Deryck.

All three Issues are available HERE. Enjoy the free digital download or order a print copy and support this great small press.

Mary Grace van der Kroef


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The Pansy’s Purpose/Calla Press

I have again been honored by a publication on Calla Press.

The Pansy’s Purpose is a creative non-fiction story, told from the viewpoint of a small garden pansy. It’s a very personal story, and I feel it has found a perfect home.

The little flower was waiting. It sat quietly with its siblings in a plastic tray. The sun was warm, the waiting long. But what else was there to do?
A woman with tired, anxious eyes came looking for the right blooms. First impressions were important, things needed to be just right.

The Pansy’s Purpose

I invite you to visit Calla Press, to read the full story. Make sure to let me know what you think afterwards!

Mary Grace van der Kroef


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