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Coming Of Age

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I’ll Always Have You WordPress

“No matter how much you run, no matter how hard you try, Death will find you and get what it wants. Death is the one thing that will not and can not be denied.” Like most children there are times where you have insurmountable challenges trying to fit in with all the different cliques in … Continue reading

Fight Fair, Fight Clean And Protect Yourself At All Times

“It offended his sense of proportion and economy to throw away a ninety-percent serviceable string of lights. It offended his sense of himself, because he was an individual from an age of individuals, and a string of lights was, like him, an individual thing. No matter how little the thing had cost, to throw it … Continue reading

Gick Or Get Off The Pot

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is an appropriate title for this book. This stream of consciousness narrative puts you into the mind of a ten-year old where at one moment you can be interpreting one thing and at a drop of a hat you can become fixated on another. The author channels his inner child, … Continue reading

You Won’t Like Me When I’m Silenced

“I always had this feeling that there were two worlds. The one we live in, you know, just streaming along, future into present into past, recorded distortedly in people’s minds, and this other world: stock footage. Small integers of life, I mean life in quotes, which represent whatever did take place, whether or not what’s … Continue reading

Love In Silence And Full Throat

“She died in my arms saying, “I don’t want to die.” That is what death is like. It doesn’t matter what uniforms the soldiers are wearing. It doesn’t matter how good the weapons are. I thought if everyone could see what I saw, we could never have war anymore.”  Children in books or movies that … Continue reading

Confessions Of A Teenage Midwesterner

The 1970’s brought about many new feelings for a whole number of people across America. To the front of the list was the realization that change was a coming whether you were ready for it or not. For example you have: 1) The traditional male facing the liberation of females through their protestations of their … Continue reading

There Are Only Three Certainties In Life – Death, Taxes And High School

It is September 1979, the start of a new school year and you know what that means; the buses are fuelled to the brim, the kids are fully charged, old friends are reunited, and teachers have their red felt pen ready for harsh criticism. All Oliver “Boo” Dalrymple wants to do is walk through the … Continue reading

Kind Of Been There, Somewhat Done That

“An angel has stepped into your life, perchance to change it forever. And you want to contemplate the ifs? Go now, James; and tomorrow when we meet again, we’ll talk more about this angel, who by then will have a name.” This is a short story collection that concentrates on the trials and tribulations that … Continue reading

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

The presence of family is a recurring theme throughout the novel. When I say family, I don’t mean family as the government census bureau would suggest. In this novel Bernard talks of a family with respect to, how he coined it “mentee’s” or mentors throughout his life. From neighbourhood overseers, to adopted pastors found through … Continue reading

A Little Less Kerouac, A Little More Action Guaranteed

“Here is what I believe: distance is more important than time. The Earth travels about twenty miles every second. It’s easy enough to figure out = pi, our distance from the sun, three hundred sixty-five days, and there you go. Twenty miles per second.” In 2007 a husband, wife, and their son have taken up … Continue reading

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