Denial

Photo by Josie Stephens I dedicated myself to finding the truth. Dug in places that were dank and dark, unearthing the unmentionable. There were times I just couldn't keep going, I was so frozen with fear. But, in its own bizarrely macabre way, my curiosity eventually always got the better of me and so I …

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Vermilyea Avenue

I was hit squarely with the strong distinctive odor of cabbage and fried schnitzel while descending the stairs from my friend's fourth floor apartment. Then, it happened. You see, my nose, having been accosted, sparked the memory which stopped me in my tracks somewhere between the second and third floor... And there we were. My …

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Rhythm O and Lord of the Flies

LET'S TALK Many years ago, in 1974, pre-moniker Godmother of Performance Art, a young artist, Marina Abramović, stood stock still, within the walls of Studio Morro in Naples, for her performance entitled Rhythm O. During the next six hours she would be the object and art would occur when the audience interacted with said object.Her …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “S”

The Letter "S" Solitary and solicitous to remain so, or so, he thought. He shunned prosaic societal situations and opted for studious accomplishments instead. He was, as Morrissey said, “of a shyness that is criminally vulgar.” Known, to the immediate family by the sobriquet lone wolf. He shied away from silliness and scenarios yielding satisfactory …

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Discovery

Next door of sisters there are three Here it's just mom and dad and me Feeling quite bored I captured a bee And lovingly fed it flowers all day But soon realized to my dismay The bee was unhappy in its small space It wanted to fly and pollinate I set it free later that …

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Teju Cole’s Open City

modern stream of consciousness I have just shut this book; still warm to the touch. It is the first time I have read this Nigerian-American author's work. Psychiatry, music, history, religion, race are all covered within its pages, but not in the usual vein. It is a multi layered, sophisticated and real read. There is …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “F”

THE LETTER "F" F orever forging forward, dragging everything and everyone along in her wake, as unwittingly flew towards the finishing line. Fearless, feral, funny, and viscerally loyal. She understood from an early age her function in life. She was the sun, with friends, family and potential partners revolving around her. At least that is …

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What happened?! Considerations on COVID

We all seem to be waiting for a global reawakening. We sure could use some universal adaptability and empathy. Mostly, I believe, we have realized that we really need each other and that possibly our freedom of movement was taken for granted. Hopefully it won't be so in the future. Our footprint ever closer to …

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