Uncomfortable Onus

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There’s a lot of it going around. -where we feel duty bound or responsible, the weight of it feels heavy. I’ve come to understand much of it is self-imposed. It sounds harsh to know no one owes you a damn thing until the reciprocal is also understood you don’t owe anyone a thing either. Very few people need explanations, very few family members need excuses, very few friends need a reason… We are there because we want to be, here for each other. We want to do things and give because we want to, not because it is asked or expected. Of course there are obligations, but a lot of these we’ve chosen for ourselves too. Assigned ourselves the tasks. I … Read More

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Collecting Stories

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Things are starting to come out. Truths are being revealed. Off the cuff and without any shame, she says things. Maybe I’m finally listening. I’m really hearing it all now, absolutely noting it down, slowly accumulating. I have this ever growing pile for the tome of a book I’ll one day manifest. One day. We all know that line. The story I tell myself is one day I’ll tell my story.  I’m terribly into setting and place; all conditions perfectly buffed, all mood lighting lit. Planned over spontaneity. But there’s never the right time except the now, and all the perfect moments fall into place as we go. There is never a one day. We have to fill up our … Read More

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Documentation of March

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As to improve the SEO, what proceeds is a copy-paste of March 2018 under my Books tab in the header menu. I will be posting each month’s reflections in both places going forward. I could easily skip documenting this past month because I don’t feel like I read much. Preceding St. Patrick’s Day, I came across on article on the top Irish crime writers. I only clicked it to see if Tana French was on it; she was! And to my surprise, she isn’t even Irish. Wut! She relocated to Dublin via Vermont. Anyhow, I ended up tracking down her first crime wherein she introduces her main protagonist. In the Woods. It did not disappoint. It did occupy a solid … Read More

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Social Studies

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Would you believe I was in bed by 7:30 pm last night. Not necessarily asleep, but still. I just couldn’t go any longer. The reads and listens of March 2018 is up. The title in the header menu shouldn’t solely be called Books, but Books-Podcasts if we’re being honest. Having both my intentional Sunday evening post coincide with the prior month’s documentation of reads, I opted to get the latter up. I also saved myself time by not mentioning a couple other books. I attempted to read Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Yes, his book is old news now, but I was on a waiting list at the library. I wasn’t spending money on it. I only got a third of the … Read More

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In the thick of it

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It’s the end of the week, and where I feel I should be slowing down for a relaxing weekend, I actually sense I’m only slowing down enough to get another running start. Some weeks run into each other like that; that’s why little breaks and vacations out of the ordinary are so necessary. Anyhow, wanted to share some pertinent links before Sunday crashes in on me; and before that little pocket of time usually designated for catching up on weekend reads has already passed. These stood out to me. Maybe one or a few do for you. How the Las Vegas Gunman Planned His Massacre, 7 days of Videos (compressed) Such a punch in the gut to still have little … Read More

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