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“There Is Society Where None Intrudes, By The Deep Sea, And Music In Its Roar” -Byron

“A shipwreck gave a man limitless opportunity to know himself if only he cared to find out. He could always press further, dig deeper, find places no one had mastered. To Chatterton, there always seemed to be opportunity on a shipwreck, even the simple wrecks: the opportunity to confront the problems really worth solving, and … Continue reading

6 Feet Under And Still Keeping Them Guessing

“The little boy nodded at the peony and the peony seemed to nod back. The little boy was neat, clean and pretty. The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty. It was a significant moment, for it was Francis’s first conscious encounter with beauty – beauty that … Continue reading

Lest We Forget

A Tribute to a Veteran of Vietnam by Julie K. Weber-Torres is labelled as an ode to the heroism of a daughter’s father, but after reading I can’t help but be amazed by the compassion, resolve and love of a father’s daughter. When a parental figure has spent more time out of your life than … Continue reading

Evil: Taking The Easy Way Out

” ‘I will sweep away everything in all your land,’ says the Lord. ‘I will sweep away both people and animals alike, even the birds of the air and the fish in the sea will die. I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble, along with the rest of humanity,’ says the Lord.” This book covers … Continue reading

Ghosts Are Good Company If You Can Get It

“Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind/Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,/Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,/Above, beneath, betwixt, between.” ―Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book In 2009 twenty-two percent of people in America have admitted to encountering ghosts. The number gets higher if you take into account the experiences of young … 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

If 13,000 Years Has Proved One Thing It’s That…..

“Much of human history has consisted of unequal conflicts between the haves and the have-nots.” Perhaps the first colonials or humans in Africa left because of the oppressive heat and corresponding drought. Head north young man where it is much more sustainable. Perhaps it’s as simple as that; Mr. Diamond, on the other hand believes … Continue reading

Say It With Me Now, People…

“How does one conquer fear of death, the most primordial of terrors….Dogs in a pack find courage to take on a lion.  Each hound knows its place.  He fears the dog ranked above and feeds off the fear of the dog below.  Fear conquers fear.  This is how we Spartans do it, counterpoising to fear … Continue reading

You Can Take A Boy Out Of The Country But You Can’t Take The Country Out Of A Boy

“Will was convinced that winter semester at Dartmouth was good for only two  indoor activities: studying and playing pool. Well, maybe a third, but in Will’s limited time on campus, he was still working on the third indoor activity.’ It’s no wonder you guys are such good students up here,’ Will was known to say. ‘These winters drive … 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

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