Aspects of Good Verses Evilby Tamara Yancosky

(Autors blog) When studying the aspects of Good, we should also examine the dangers of Evil. I write about both God (Good) and Malignant Narcissism (Evil). I am not judging any Narcissists in particular or calling out names, but I am speaking about it as a general condition of focused (purposeful) wickedness.  I do not detest anyone, but I…

Loss by Tina Cleveland

Blog Tina I held on to him for as long as I could; but I could hold on no longer; I could feel him slipping away from me. His grip loosened and I could feel the cold, clammy touch of his fingers brush mine for the last time; the warmth gone forever. The silvery tissue…

HIS PRINCESS by Terveen Gill

(Author´s site) I don’t know where I am. I was somewhere and now I’m nowhere. Time? What’s that? It used to be something, but now I can’t remember. Who am I? My name? A girl lived inside me, but now she’s gone. Lost? Or dead? No, she’s run away. Hiding. Waiting for the nightmare to…

The world’s most creative people have this one thing in common

Researchers used artificial intelligence to study the careers of 4,500 directors, 70,000 scientists, and 2,000 artists. The most successful among them share an important trait. By Elissaveta M. Brandon4 minute Read When it comes to creative careers, success can be hard to achieve and even harder to define. But what if there were a magic…

Solitary Life of a Writer by Mathew Robins

Blog Mathew The writer said despondently, “It’s a solitary life, being a writer.” The other man, never one for melodrama, replied, “Then go to a tavern. Have a drink. Buy somebody else a drink. And be a man. You’ll find there are other men willing to share a drink and some of their time and…

The Things They Carried by Michele Lee

On August 7, 2021 By Michele Lee A young man marchingcarrying what is unseenfighting his own war Several years ago, one of my students visited me after school to talk about issues he was dealing with. Not criminal in nature but serious struggles that would challenge even the strongest adult. We talked for a while…

Reflections on River Teeth

By Carol A. Hand Blog Recently, I have been reflecting on what I would identify as the “river teeth” of my life thus far. River teeth, according to David James Duncan (2006), are the hard resinous knots that are all that remain after the softer wooden fibers of pine trees have been dissolved by the…

Herding cats

By Tanya Vessey Blog Writing chapter six first draft feels like baby steps as I inch through the storyline toward the chapter completion. Each baby step is monumental though, each step is a new action, another happening, a story point that pushes the action forward. I have written parts for this chapter in the past,…

#Flash Fiction story: Eyebrow Threading

By Matthew Robins She told Gracie she wanted her eyebrows threaded. She said there was a place in the strip mall, around the corner from the liquor store, that did it. Gracie told her mother the truth – that her eyebrows looked fine. Her mother said eyebrow threading looked neat. She said she wanted to…

The seeds of growth will one day sprout…

by Seden B. Watabe Some days I feel all peppy & alive, much like a fresh daisy, smiling under the bright spring sunlight. Other days, I feel a bit heavy and sombre, Almost as if I am a subdued grey cloud,on a cold winter sky. Yet, despite such fickle moments, there are certain things in…

18th Century Venice: the Water Lady

By Robin Saikia In this Zompini engraving, a young woman has just filled two large buckets of water from a nearby well and will set off around the city selling drinks for a bezzo (a “groat” might be a good English translation). Watercarriers were known as bigolanti on account of the distinctive curved pole (bigol…

Pest Control

by Mathew Robinson link blog I work nights. So when the doorbell rang around noon, I was still on the couch in my underwear having my morning coffee. Thankfully, I don’t get many visitors, especially unannounced visitors. So I went to the window to look outside to see what was up. All I could see…

The Wagon Ride

By Mattew Robinson blog The owner of the neighborhood bar where I hang out is 56-years-old, so he’s no spring chicken. There’s been a story floating around how he recently got so drunk somebody had to tow him home in a kiddie wagon behind a bicycle. The people I heard the story from told it…

The Monochrome Experience: Entropy by Lluís Bussé

Gobblers & Masticadores They incorporate the visit of this excellent colleague every 15 days. We invite you to follow him on his blog / Lluis observa, visiona y comunica el alma de nuestras vidas. j re crivello (Editor) Definition of entropy: A) Thermodynamics: a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that…

18th Century Venetian Street Trades: The Cat Gelder

by Robin Saikia blog This plate is from an important and entertaining book published in Venice in the mid-eigthteenth century, Tratto da Le arti che vanno per via nella città di Venezia (Venetian Street Traders would be a suitable short title), with engravings by Gaetano Gherardo Zompini. It shows an itinerant tinker who would sell…

18th Century Venetian Street Trades: the Marmot Guy

By Robin Saikia link blog Following on from my previous post about Zompini’s Venetian engravings, here from the same series is an unusual and seasonal trader, the Marmot Man, who comes for Carnival. In the accompanying rhyme he explains that at Carnival he quits the snows of Piedmont for the squares of Venice, bringing his…

Tea please!

By SedenB Watanabe Over again, I find myself caught in the rat race. Every so often, all weary and exhausted, and at times, a little off track, hobbling around trying to pull myself back up and get moving. Whilst, I am a kind of person who loves living a slow paced life, there are times…

Considering the Void, 5 am

by Sun Jesper Jansen link blog Reading about geology and deep timeand Norse mythology before bedapparently means that I wake upwith a line like this in mind: There were tardigradesin the Ginnungagap. I blink into the before-alarm dawn,pondering insanity, and the visionof the great Primeval Cow lickinga little water bear into being. I hope everyone’s…