Genius in a Bottle
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Genius in a Bottle

“It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”

My Earliest Memory, and How It Taught Me Not to Be a Racist

When I met my Southern Baptist great-grandmother

Photo by Ed Pirnak on Unsplash

The following story began its life as a 75-word novel, one of dozens I scribbled for a Facebook group a couple years ago. We were having fun, loving words, telling stories, challenging each other to be…




We publish stories, articles, and poetry that are edgy, even uncomfortable to read, that stimulate the heart, mind, and occasionally the colon.

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Adelia Ritchie

Adelia Ritchie

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