In God's Name: A Short Story

      Donna Anastasi
In God's Name: A Short Story

Akiane is a real-life child prodigy born to tolerant, accepting atheists who allowed and encourage her paintings of heavenly visions. Hana Williams was a beautiful child, one of a quiverfull of children who was “trained up” by conservative Christian parents. She later died at their hands. “in gods name” imagines what might happen if a child like Akiane was raised in a household like Hana’s.Akiane is a real-life child prodigy who was born to tolerant, accepting atheists who allowed and encourage her paintings of heavenly visions. Hana Williams was a beautiful child, one of a quiverfull of children who was “trained up” by conservative Christian parents. She later died at their hands. “In God's Name” imagines what might happen if a child like Akiane was raised in a household like Hana’s. This is a short story about a child prodigy "Hanna" and the depth to which her parents sink in God’s name.
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    Trump and the Blue Gold Dress

      Donna Anastasi
Trump and the Blue Gold Dress

We all remember the internet sensation where a photograph of a dress was posted, and across the country we found that some people saw a white dress with gold trim and others saw a blue dress with black trim. There is a similar phenomenon going on in our country right now between the Trump supporters, the “Golds,” and the non-supporters, the “Blues.” This essay attempts to represent both sides.We all remember the internet sensation where a photograph of a dress was posted, and across the country we found that some people saw a white dress with gold trim and others saw a blue dress with black trim. Gazing on the same object we clearly saw what we saw and were baffled that someone else saw it differently. What made the blue gold dress an especially interesting optical illusion was that our biological makeup prevented us from seeing the object through the lens of the other group no matter how long we stared at it. There is a similar phenomenon going on in our country right now between the Trump supporters, the “Golds,” and the non-supporters, the “Blues.” This essay attempts to represent both sides of the story so that we may listen to one another and together begin to clean up this terrible mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.
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    Spin the Plate Short Story

      Donna Anastasi
Spin the Plate Short Story

Jo has come through a traumatic childhood not battered and broken, but powerful and enraged. A tattoo artist by day, she roams the streets of Boston nightly to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring his own back story, is the one person Jo can't seem to scare off.This is the short story version of Spin the Plate. The full novel-length version of this story was released January 1, 201, and is available from iTunes (free), Smashwords (free), and Amazon.Spin the Plate is the story of Jo, a woman who has come through a traumatic childhood not battered and broken, but powerful and enraged. A tattoo artist by day, she roams the streets of Boston nightly to forget her past and feed her two passions: rescuing mistreated creatures and inflicting bodily harm on their perpetrators. Unassuming and unafraid, Francis, a man harboring his own back story, is the one person Jo can't seem to scare off. Right from the start, he sees clearly the caring soul buried deep within Jo's hard exterior and puts into motion a succession of life-altering happenings for them both. A compelling, Christian-themed story on living as an incest survivor and the how-to's of love, faith, and healing.
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