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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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “K”

THE LETTER "K" Kick ass days like those are now few and far between. Who knows how to make more; to set the world on fire again? I will bring the kindling. Days consisting of chills and thrills, ofThe killing moon by Echo and the Bunnymen and of my mom chasing me down  the street …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “N”

THE LETTER "N" Noteworthiness nourishes. Not that she would know. She had never been noticed, not even as a child, though she had naively still believed, back then, that one day someone would. Instead, her fate was to be the neglected one. That person  who would never experience nearness or nose to nose contact with …

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Snippets of Life (from A to Z) “V”

THE LETTER "V" Vibrations filled the air and reverberated through my body. Everyone was vying for his attention; vamping it up. Some tried to vault over the barriers, and were instantly tackled by the police. Voluminous spiky hair and viciously high heels were everywhere!  Humanity in all its variegated, varicolored forms. The virile, vacuous, vicious, …

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Dear diary

I started keeping a diary at an early age. Back then, I used differently scented and variously colored pens for my scribbles. Ink that smelled of strawberry and orange, bubblegum and cookies would float up each time I opened the diary. My eleven year old self alive and well within its pages. All my inner …

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