Swing

Pixabay Schmooze me Booze me Long as I can lose me Even for just an hour Lie to myself It'll be okay Hold tight let go seems alright then don't know tic tac toe to and fro a losing game most every day trying crying feeling close to dying Gotta let go one final blow …

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Reacquaintance

Photo by Kulbir So, this is it. Alone and starting over again. There is a teenage flitting of excitement in the pit of the stomach and youthful expectation at the back of the mind that accompanies new challenges and change at any age. It feels good! Getting reacquainted with yourself is grueling, intoxicating, surprising and …

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The courtyard

Back then, during the cold winter evenings, the five women would gather in Ida's barn to keep warm. They looked forward to this time of day when they could meet and talk; seated on wooden chairs huddled close together in a circle amidst the familiar scent of manure, feed and dust. The body heat off …

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Fences – “You gotta take the crooked with the straight”

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are beyond belief in this powerfully touching movie (based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson) that explores the messy, multifaceted, shameful and proudful relationships of a family. There are times when, in the presence of something bigger than yourself, you become lost both in your admiration and …

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls

What a read! A confession of sorts within an answer to a question..."What were you to my father?" A declaration of having existed on this earth and left a mark. The highs are dizzyingly so and the lows are lower than pond scum. Somewhere in between is the exercise of living. Living to do, to …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “X”

THE LETTER "X" X marks the spot. Malcolm X certainly made his mark despite being told Xanadu was unattainable. And what beauty in John Singer Sargent's painting of Madame X wherein he X-rays her enigmatic character with his masterful brush strokes. What of Generation X surpassed by Generation Z who know not of the times …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “Z”

THE LETTER "Z" Zoned into the kids from the zoo of Berlin: zombies in t-shirts and jeans. After killing off Ziggy, Bowie tours with Christiane F. in toe. Zines zealously document this and more from the underground as we zip along to the tunes of Zero boys and others. Life lived in a zooming zigzagging …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “Y”

THE LETTER "Y" Youthful ignorance is bliss. It is a time of yearning and saying yes to everything. For youth is not yet marred by grim experience and consequently negativity. Other's opinions may be considered, but generally do not yield a change of heart during this period of life. It is all about being gung …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “P”

THE LETTER "P" Pathetic, the platitudes proffered by people all over. Even more perplexing and alarming, the refusal of many to embrace facts. Individuals who would rather perpetuate behaviours and practices that perform nothing other than to pulverize truth, understanding, and growth. Power tripping and pure rage percolating just under the skin seems the mantra …

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A day at the beach with Margaret Drabble

Sea breezes, the squawk of gulls, the scent of coco and salty air; I am at the beach. Colorful mini shops on wheels sell cheerful brightly colored bikinis, towels and beaded jewellery. The sky is dotted with para-sailors and the water with windsurfers, paddle boats and bobbing heads. Mothers call out to their children to …

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