Communing

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The room is still and the air conditioning is off, but a cool draft billows through. In every place she has ever lived, a cylinder of cold air has taken up residence in one of the bedrooms. It moves where she moves. It is said a spirit resides inside this cold spot -wanting pride of place; likely the family member who most recently died.  My grandmother thought the dead were out to get her. Her father was a deacon in the Catholic church and she came to intentionally and ironically, a bit of both, resent religion and the too-long-a-list of spirits and saints to remember and revere. So why did anyone want to come back and talk to her? She would never … Read More

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On Justice and Revenge

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We were at the end of a conversational catch up and had started running through a mini list of people we’d known back in the day. ‘Oh, you didn’t hear? R was murdered. Like, violently.’ This did not come as a shock to me. His lifestyle and the people he associated with could’ve predicted this. He had just gotten out of prison for a second time and moved back into a sketchy neighborhood of dope dealing –the only life he knew. A guy he let into his apartment knifed him in the gut, then pulled it out and kept on erratically slashing. Supposedly. R was not an upstanding citizen by any stretch of the imagination. To what extent he brought … Read More

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Past and Future

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How do we know our memories are right? How do you know the abstractionist painting is hung upright? We remember things in the context of how we currently feel about it; and we see things through a similar scope. Right-side up is open to interpretation. What is abstract art? We don’t want to hate those whom reared us (most of us). It is said, people only act with the information they have at the time. This is important beyond how parents parent, how bosses dictate or assign, how teachers teach, etc…This is most important in considering all history. What was the context of the moment? Look how far we’ve come, regardless. Of course American ancestors had slaves, but should we … Read More

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On a Carousel in a Kaleidoscope

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This perfectly illustrates my previous last week. Apologies for my absence last Sunday evening. For some reason carousels [in North America we call them merry-go-rounds] make me think of kaleidoscopes. Kaleidoscopes remind me of one of my aunt’s ex longterm relationships. This man had an entire wall in his living room of what seemed like floating, dark wood shelves. On them were a multitude of framed pictures (a talented photographer with a home-installed dark room), Galileo thermometers, and kaleidoscopes. These latter devices were as small as a hand to as long as the length of an arm. Their worth evidenced by their weight: plastic, brass, solid silver, or gold. Their weight an insight into their carriage. Each a contribution to … 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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