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From the Editor: Leaves and Stories

I was editing stories and watching leaves fall from the trees in my backyard the other day, and I got to thinking about the similarities between leaves and stories. Each leaf springs from a branch and holds itself out to the sun and the rain, helping to nourish the tree. Then, it wonderfully changes color, detaches, and floats to the earth, where, given enough time, it becomes part of the nutritive soil to be taken back up by the tree. Each leaf unique and beatiful, with a simple, profound purpose, it is soon forgotten, but its impact remains.

Aren't stories like that? I think so. Each story springs up for just a moment, grabs our attention, brightens our world, then floats down where it becomes part of our personal milieu. Although we do remember some stories, we forget most, but this does nothing to diminish the impact they have had and will continue to have on our lives.

In this issue, you will find six beautifully colored stories—or leaves, if you will. Undoubtedly, they will drift through your mind and change you a little in the process. Perhaps you will remember each of them vividly for many years to come, or perhaps you will forget some of them. Regardless, I believe they will have become a part of you and help to nourish your mind and soul for the rest of your life.

About the Author
Randy Hulshizer is publisher and editor-in-chief at Empyreome Magazine. He lives near Philadelphia, PA where he has been a professional writer and editor for over a decade. He has written countless stories, published a number of them, and won several awards. You can follow his tweets at @randyhulshizer.
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