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  • Back and in Full Swing by Donelle M. Knudsen 11/12/2013 1:57:13 PM
    After a prolonged absence, I'm back and "bringing out the bicycle to take a spin around the block."... more

  • I, Philistine by Dorien Grey 11/11/2013 4:04:14 AM
    philistine: a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them It is not that I am either hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, but I do tend to have far less understanding of them t... more

  • Metaphors of Life Journal: Gratitude for Those Gifted Few Who Lovingly Preserve a Lost Art by Michael Robert Dyet 11/9/2013 6:57:16 AM
    Paying tribute to the vanishing breed of novelists who make language dance on the page with passion and visual brilliance.... more

  • The Haunted Mouse by Dorien Grey 11/4/2013 4:05:15 AM
    I do not wear a tinfoil hat, nor do I see conspirators in every passing stranger. And just as I am an agnostic because logic will not allow me to be positive that there is a God, I also cannot believe without a doubt that the paranormal exists, thoug... more

  • AGENDA & WHOLESALE by Robert A. Mills 11/2/2013 9:01:38 AM
    As of January 1, 2014, this Newsletter or Blog (I call it an Opt-Ed Column) will no longer be free or offered gratis 52 times a year as it has since 2000. It will now cost $40 a year on a subscription basis. There are currently more than 10... more

  • I Do Not Go Gentle... by Dorien Grey 10/28/2013 2:42:06 AM
    Why am I so obsessed with being old? Why is it still a horrendous shock to realize that I, eternally young in mind and heart, am suddenly old in body? What happens to people as they age? When do they find themselves not in the mainstream but in some ... more

  • Hype by Dorien Grey 10/21/2013 2:56:09 AM
    "marvelous"/"amazing"/"stupendous"/"incredible." And even in punctuation, the old standby sentence-ending "period" is going the way of the dinosaur, being replaced by the exclamation point, often in multiples. TV pitchmen no longer speak, they shout,... more

  • The new world of PCS by Byron Edgington 10/16/2013 5:53:45 AM
    We've crossed over the river and into the weeds, from PC, to PCS.... more

  • Time Travel and Jim Crow by Dorien Grey 10/14/2013 2:53:01 AM
    Hatred and bigotry do not die easily, as any daily newscast or periodical will attest. There are still far, far, too many people who insist the President of the United States is somehow not qualified for the office, based on utterly specious logic ma... more

  • Metaphors of Life Journal: Cell Phone Media - McLuhan Revisited in the Digital Age by Michael Robert Dyet 10/12/2013 1:45:15 PM
    McLuhan's famous phrase gets a second life in the digital age.... more

  • The Herd by Dorien Grey 10/7/2013 2:42:40 AM
    Iím far-too-frequently dismayed by stories of individuals being physically assaulted in public places while those in the immediate area do nothing to stop it. And yet, in a natural disaster, acts of incredible bravery and self sacrifice are ... more

  • "I," "Me," and "Everybody Else" by Dorien Grey 9/30/2013 3:01:44 AM
    For absolutely no reason Iím aware of, I found myself pondering the difficulties in really, really grasping the difference between the elemental concepts of "I/me", "you," "them/they." All my life Iíve been painfully aware of these differences, and t... more

  • That Which I Should Have Done, ... by Dorien Grey 9/23/2013 2:48:05 AM
    My favorite painting in Chicago's Art Institute is Ivan Albright's "That Which I Should Have Done, I Did Not Do," (subtitled "The Door"). It is a somewhat-larger-than-life oil painting of a distorted, weathered door with an withered funeral wreath ha... more

  • Here We Go Again. by David A. Schwinghammer 9/19/2013 8:23:03 AM
    Another gun massacre. Calling Wayne LaPierre. Does this seem familiar to you at all? ... more

  • A Ticket to Ride by Dorien Grey 9/16/2013 2:55:46 AM
    The imagination is one of mankind's most valuable assets. I take great delight in exercising mine, and truly enjoy playing games with myself. Today, I find myself playing The Great Philosopher and the Train of Time. My obsession with time and the spe... more

  • Words Written, Words Heard by Dorien Grey 9/9/2013 2:56:03 AM
    Iím constantly fascinated by small things of which, though they have always existed, I suddenly become aware for the first time. Iíve only fairly recently begun having all my books done as audiobooks, and in the process thereof realized for... more

  • The Kindness of Strangers by Dorien Grey 9/2/2013 3:08:22 AM
    I've always loved Blanche DuBois' final line in ďA Streetcar Named Desire,Ē when she takes the arm of the doctor who has come to escort her to a mental hospital: ďI've always depended on the kindness of strangers.Ē Tell me, Blanche! I have a... more

  • "Oink" by Dorien Grey 8/26/2013 3:11:14 AM
    I always got a kick out of the old saying that when it came to butchering pigs, they use ďeverything but the 'oink'.Ē I can relate...I do the same thing with my life. I find it difficult to get rid of anything, especially words, that I may either use... more

  • How to write good by Byron Edgington 8/26/2013 3:02:05 AM
    Follow your heart and the words will be happy... more

  • My journey by Carolyn R. Dye 8/25/2013 6:43:24 PM
    me and the road to helping women of abuse through the power of poetry.... more

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