Penelope. (Illustration by Thomas Ehretsmann)

Her husband is late getting home, but she’s used to it.
She’s had years of practice, waiting,
sitting by the loom in her room,
weaving silk threads of flaxen gold and berry red,
an unending shroud heaped in ribbon candy layers at her pedicured feet.

He’s probably gotten caught up…

Mercado and Deener with baby daughter, Ast

At only two years old, her son was taken from her

When Syesha Mercado (best known for placing third on the seventh season of American Idol) took her fifteen-month-old son, Amen’Ra, to the hospital to be treated for dehydration, she thought nothing of it. Her son was simply having trouble transitioning from breast milk to solid food and needed some extra…

Next week, the Dr. Phil Show will be entering its twentieth season, marking nearly two decades on the air. The popular talk show, which features Phil McGraw (a former consultant of Oprah Winfrey) giving life advice to his various guests, aired its first episode in 2002, and since then has…

Annabelle Wagner

Storyteller. Lover of cats. Holding a BA in English/Creative Writing from Point Park University. She/her.

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