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Jolina Petersheim's Writings

Article
Apr.12.2012
I discovered Julie Cantrell through mutual friend and author, River Jordan. As soon as I visited Julie's beautiful website, I had a hunch that I had found not only a new literary talent, but the picture of her Great Pyrenees "pup" and description of her family's sustainable Happy Valley Farm located in Mississippi made me believe I had found a kindred spirit...
Poem
Mar.04.2011
Cicada Magazine: THE SLAM
Bobbing bees loop around flowers,Those dainty, dangling petals that look like they could ringIf you shook them gently.So many your eyes glaze --As the sun filters through the trees,Threading the mossy earth with ribbons of light.Striped butterflies dance lazily,Their flapping wings a myriad of color.We pause a moment,Sweat clustering at our knees and necks,...
Short Story
Mar.03.2011
Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal: Vol 30
I was four years old when my mother made her first Southern friend over a plate of leftover biscuits and sausage gravy. She was a fellow Cracker Barrel waitress named Shirley Copper with a figure that reminded me of a Butterball turkey sprouting a mound of chemically fried curls the color and texture of straw. Her shape confused me for in no way did it resemble...
Article
Mar.02.2011
Cancer Uncensored: Waiting Room Magazine
My senior year of college, I was giving a tour for campus admissions when we passed the chemistry department. I informed the prospective student and her mother that University of the Cumberlands had lost the pharmacy school they had planned to build. "I'm glad they're not going to build the pharmacy school," the prospective student's mother retorted....
Poem
Mar.01.2011
Washington Poets Association
The teacher says, "Cognitive Dissonance is when two pieces of our world do not fit together." A pause and a question: "Does anyone have an example?" The students let their answers fall like beads from a string: eight a.m. and classes, rainy days and weddings, Christmas carols and techno music. I have one, I long to say, my best friend and...
Article
Feb.28.2011
A New York Times Bestseller and an American Book Award Nominee, One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty is a lyrical composition highlighting the every day experiences Welty witnessed as a child which later helped shape her uniquely detailed writing style. Part memoir, part creative writing manual, One Writer’s Beginnings breaks down the foundational tools of...
Short Story
Feb.28.2011
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Short Story
Feb.28.2011
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Short Story
Feb.27.2011
Tales of Kindness
Over the past two weeks I have found myself drawing away from people. I have found that I want to scurry down into a rabbit hole, a bear cave, what-have-you as long as it is warm, dark and deep, and stay there until I have had enough of a break from humanity to remake my gossamer gown of patience, to actually care for people again. But then, on a blustery, rainy...