Monthly Archives: October 2022

Uniquely Beautiful

Conventional beauty can be beautiful. But it can also be merely conventional and cease to be beautiful when the standard that measured it changes. Unique beauty, on the other hand, remains beautiful because its standard is forever itself. Have a … Continue reading

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Celebrating My Weirdness

Photo by Quinn Buffing I have a love-hate relationship with my quirks. The feral ones that creep in through unpatched cracks embarrass me. On the other hand, there are the quirks I’ve consciously adopted and trained to do clever tricks. … Continue reading

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Autumn Vineyards

Originally posted on Jane Lurie Photography:
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~John Howard Bryant ? Vineyard and Fog ? Harvest Time ? Vineyard Reflections ? Napa Patterns ? Rows and Hills ? “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer…

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How to Do Bad Theatre

My Real Memoir I’d just turned 13, and was mad about acting. So much so that my career as a soon-to-be movie star was beginning to overshadow my career as a beloved bestselling author. After all, I’d been in a … Continue reading

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Who Am I – Really?

Thought for the Week This is something I never expected to write. Not because I have anything to hide, but because I don’t. However, last week two men I respect questioned whether I really am the person I claim to … Continue reading

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Wherever God Sends Me

As a young convert, I struggled with writing God a blank check. “What if he makes me a taxi driver in some ramshackle city?” I thought, full of childish self-importance. He didn’t. He used the gifts he’d given me, rather … Continue reading

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Breaking the Ties That Bind

Photo by Scaredsquee The Wishing Map is a full-length fantasy that is being posted episodically at this site. To read the previous episode, click here. To read the entire novel, begin here. While Zack was facing an angry giant, his … Continue reading

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Ridiculous Signs and Labels!

They’re everywhere. There’s no escaping them. We need a labelotomy! Meanwhile, there are only three ways to respond: 1) Obey them, 2) Ignore them, or 3) Make fun of them. Sane people choose the latter. “Secretly we’re all a little … Continue reading

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A Lone Firefly

I saw a lone firefly last night Why didn’t you alight, small soul before September? See, now your ember will burn alone You’ve missed your chance for hearth and home your time to glow has long since ended Or can … Continue reading

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Blog Paralysis

Originally posted on Ben's Bitter Blog:
I know I keep talking about my trip to Scotland, but it’s mostly because I need to brag that I got to go there, and you didn’t. Mostly though, it was a once-in-a-lifetime…

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