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Thoughts on MLK Jr. Day, 2018

So there I am, sitting in Jim’s Tire Center on LA Avenue. It’s Martin Luther King Day, and it’s a chance to reflect on the “I Have a Dream” speech and on the message behind Letter From a Birmingham Jail, to see the Gandhian ideals of nonviolence and social justice take shape in a way most Americans might recognize. 650 more words

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Flash Fiction: "Monsters on the Track, Liquor in the Back"

It’s been a while, but I’m always glad when I can come up with crazy new stories. Especially when said stories let me channel my inner Hunter S. 572 more words

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Tennessee Coates

Again, he is described with the question-begging phrase as “one of the most influential thinkers of our time” — 10 books we loved reading in 2017… 20 more words

America The Beautiful

I need a hug

Standing here

Small and alone in the middle of a room I once called my own.

A safe haven , my home


It holds everything I never want to see again… 68 more words


It was a beautiful clear night.

“Take my hand,” she said.

He did.

“Take a breath,” she continued.

He followed.

“Hold me close.”

“And take one step.” 7 more words

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2017 Books

Somehow I managed to read the most books ever this year, even though I had a baby–hence the baby-themed first few. (Middle of the night feedings & Kindle Unlimited helped my efforts.) So, without further ado, here’s the list of the books I read in 2017! 717 more words

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Ep. 3: Hell is Empty: When the Fire Runs Out

As I mentioned before in my post about the emotional content in media, Life is Strange is one of those franchises that gets me on a deep and tragic level, because it’s “not mindless tragedy, but a cathartic experience.” For all its nostalgia filter on the Nineties and early 2000s, and for its themes on childhood friendship and romance, there’s a dark side to life in the small town of Arcadia Bay that leaves so many players torn up by the end, no matter what our choices were. 745 more words

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