Author Archives: mitchteemley

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer

A Religion of One

Originally posted on Jewish Young Professional:
When I was five, my dad misinterpreted that verse from Leviticus about not cutting your flesh for the dead as a prohibition against piercing your ears, so I never did, and only in high…

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The Year I Turned Shy

My Real Memoir Me? Shy? Hard to believe, I know, but up until Kindergarten I’d never had any friends my age. When I finally met some, they seemed weirdly normal. I didn’t know how to be with them. Weird Eddie had … Continue reading

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Humility Keeps Us Real

Photo by Kyle Johnson ( Thought for the Week I’m always surprised by the number of attractive, scantily-clad young women who want to be my friends on Facebook—clearly due to my sparkling personality and rugged good looks. Then I see … Continue reading

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The Dawn From on High

Photo credit: Fenced Ranch at Sunrise On this date 45 years ago a sunrise like no other broke upon me. From that time forth I began to learn who I really was, why I was here, and where–or rather to Whom–I … Continue reading

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Finishing My Winter Project

I’d always intended to stain and finish the raw pine mirror we bought too long ago to admit (think decades, not years), but somehow I just never got around to it. Then our little cat Misha (note deceptively innocent-looking beastie … Continue reading

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Family Is…

When I was a young man, I rented a room from a therapist whose family had rejected him. So he’d learned to create families. He’d match up patients with no “real” family: orphaned, disowned, unable to reconcile, young, old. Not … Continue reading

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How My Life of Happy Materialism Came to an End

Photo by Brandon Green ( When I was a young man, I began searching for the meaning of life. Along the way, I wrote a travel journal, a mix of prose and poetry, and labelled it Fool’s Odyssey. London was so … Continue reading

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Got Wisdom?

Originally posted on GraceSpeak:
James 3:17 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Our world is in dire need…

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Expressing My True Self

My Real Memoir Until you start school, your life revolves around your parents. They can do nothing wrong. Only later, in your teen years, do you realize they can do nothing right, and that your sagely friends and, of course, … Continue reading

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Taking Risks

Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park ( Thought for the Week Wisdom lies not in avoiding risks, but in taking them for the right reasons.  “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” ~Mark Twain ∴

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