Not More

Not More By JD Miller He gave her a hug that knocked the sunglasses off the top of her head. It wasn’t unfriendly in any way. But that was just the problem, wasn’t it? Not unfriendly, but not…more.  Sitting on the bus, that’s all she could think about. Not more.  Not more could be the slogan for her whole year. Her life motto. She could practically see it on her gravestone. This, and this, yes—but not more.  Not unfriendly. And at least she’d gotten a hug. She hadn’t always. He wasn’t always a hugger. He was a smiler, a back-of-crowd … Read More

The Human Café

The Human Café By JD Miller Introduction: A picture of a café:  Let me tell you a story.  It’s not a very pretty story. But there aren’t very many stories that are pretty all the way through and still worth telling.  It starts with a bench, beside a window; vinyl and ketchup and ceiling fans basking in lethargy. The dull glow of neon and forgetfulness, a table steeped in coffee-stains. Home. I loved it and it loved me back—almost as living as I was.  There is no small part of me that thanks that place for keeping me alive. But … Read More