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   Miss Cagney, our petite third-grade teacher at Gilmore School, introduced her feisty fledglings to the exciting world of drama. Maybe having the surname of a famous screen actor inspired her to delve into staged dialogues, recitation...

   I sat at the head of a table facing tall stained glass windows composed of multicolored squares of soft color. About a dozen people sat around the table, not talking, the atmosphere tense but expectant.

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   Mary killed herself at age 85. “Why did she wait so long?” asked Gilda, her daughter. “Had she done so 50 years ago, it would have let some sun and air into my life.” After that first explosion of anger, Gilda...

   The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
   Authors can either e-mail their pieces (in text...

   “Truth is, Jack, I’m a spy.” I nodded as I wiped down the bar. “I can kill a man with just my thumb.”
    “Mmhm.”
    “No, Jack, I’m...

Part Two
   Every night she pretty much did the same thing once she got home and bolted all the locks on the front door.

    The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column, of between 700 and 1,200 words, and of short fiction, between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
    Authors can either e-mail their...

   Ellen Aspumante stood in front of the mirror hanging over her dresser and thought she looked terrific. Her hair was just like she liked it — the curls bouncing and framing her face perfectly, the little wave at the end of her...