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Passive Aggressive or A Good Monkey Fucking

Passive Aggressive or A Good Monkey Fucking

I pretend not to hear him, although mentally I wished him a monkey fucking. ~Roberto Bolaño How we react to conflict is frequently a behavior birthed from our family of origin and is heavily influenced by the culture in which we were raised. My father’s advice as I moved into challenging situations was two-fold. The […]

A Soul Damaged Beyond Repair

A Soul Damaged Beyond Repair

Presents are made for the pleasure of the one who gives them, not for the merits of those who receive them. ~Carlos Luis Zafón I think my soul is damaged beyond repair, a mass of scar tissue preventing the world from penetrating at any meaningful level. A levy keeping the pounding sea at bay. It […]

Soul Nurturers

Soul Nurturers

He gave up at cutting hair, and instead trimmed away at his soul, sip by snip. ~Eka Kurniawan To give up one’s passion, to forego love for expediency, to live for yesterday at the expense of the future are all soul diminishing activities, spirit-crushing choices. I am lucky to have been blessed with parents who […]

Contrarian Children

Contrarian Children

I rebel; therefore we exist. ~Albert Camus Some of us are born rebels choosing – no, not choosing – driven to be contrarian. it is a path I have walked since I first began crawling. It is a path that will follow me to the grave, if not, put me in the grave. It is […]

Each Death Diminishes Me

Each Death Diminishes Me

Everytime someone I know dies, I feel my world rock. It’s like part of my life, the force that keeps my whole, chips off. I a diminished, a little less robust, a little more tender hearted. The longer I’ve known them, the larger the piece that tumbles into eternity never to be regained.

A Long Time Ago It Was Noon

The past beats inside me like a second heart. ~John Banville In my dreaming mind, birth is still within arms reach when I suckled mama’s titties. A blind, fleshy lump driven to the nipple by instinctual feel. Instinct woven into the genes of all mammals needing sustenance from mommy the instant passage was complete. It seems […]

Celebrating Differences

Celebrating Differences

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. ~ Audre Lorde Imagine, if you will, a life in which we, you, me, everyone, ate only one thing. There were no other options. Every day, every meal, day after day, year after year, we ate […]

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