The Reality

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I would like to think I read more books than I realistically do. It’s a memory of myself -when I could stock up on books from the library weekly, when I only had the distraction of a few emails and penpals online. I didn’t have a television. I was in my first apartment and this was a lifestyle I thought I knew about myself. A funny thought just struck me. I’m sitting on a stool, typing on a low table. This was exactly how I was set up in my first apartment. I think I actually had my laptop on a wooden bench. I sold my desk when I moved most recently and don’t miss it. I also gave away … Read More

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In the Zone

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Long walks and long noodles. Long walks are good for the soul. 75% of noodle dishes are comfort food, so they are good for the soul too. Both were a part of my weekend. The walks have been an every Sunday thing. And they never involve a cell phone. I really love my cozy quaint neighborhood smack center in the high rise metropolis and cultural abundance of Dallas. If I spit out of my front door it’d hit a museum, bistro, tapas bar, or The Ritz. But I love my job more and will move again as soon as I can. I hate putting the miles on my car. And truthfully I don’t frequent any of the places in my neighborhood. … Read More

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Internet Nexus

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Wait a second while I close down a couple open tabs in my browser. I need a clean slate to begin… I’ve been noticing a discouraging trend. Let me set the stage: Currently, we are on in the throws of 1 billion more people coming online. (mainly by cell phones) We are also greatly advanced in artificial intelligence not yet in accordance with our lives. The ‘Internet of Things’ is still a colloquialism more than reality. Example: When my almond milk container is at its lightest 1/4 cup, my refrigerator does not yet automatically order it from Amazon Prime Grocery. I still must make this decision myself. But when I go to Amazon and search any item, all of the sudden ads … Read More

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Projecting on Poetry

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Maybe I am projecting. Maybe the thought ‘poems’ elicits the sound of birds chirping on a cool breezy day while strolling by the waterside. NO. Firstly, let’s presume there are two types of people in the world: those who read poetry and those who don’t. Very few are occasional readers. I’d wager, listening to music is how 90% of the population consumes poetry. Yet, if these listeners were asked to read poetry, there’d be reluctance and discomfort. Why? Because reading, or worse! reciting poetry, is fraught with an over romanticized, snobbish, intellectual pomposity; or simply, it’s perceived as boring and unapproachable because we have no freakin idea what the writer is really trying to say. Of all forms of writing, … Read More

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Can You Hear Me Now

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–no question mark My last boss thought I interrupted him too much. I did. I broke the habit…around him. I cringed inside every time I heard myself do it. Our facial expressions would conform into the same shape simultaneously, as his frustration-fueled anger matched my internal disgust at not having nipped the terrible habit in the bud. When I interrupt you I’m being anxious, I’m excited. Know when I interrupt, it’s because I know where you are and I feel like I can anticipate where you are going. But it’s downright awful and rude, too; don’t get me wrong. I’ve become a  much better listener as I’ve gotten older. I really like mindfully paying attention. As simple as it sounds, it’s … Read More

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