Category Archives: Culture

Literature, opinions, futurism

The Emerald Isle

I’ve always felt a connection to Ireland. The first time I heard Celtic music, I fell in love with the combined sounds of harps and guitars, pennywhistles, fiddles, bodhrán drums and bagpipes–it reached all the way down into my soul. … Continue reading

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A Day in the Heart of Brazil

Originally posted on Monkey's Tale:
Colourfully painted heritage buildings surround the cobblestone square in the heart of Salvador’s historic centre. Whether you love to feast your eyes on old architecture, people watch in a lively square or have lunch…

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From My Idiom Attic

Idiomatic (i-dē-ə-ˈma-tik)  adjective  1. Of or relating to idioms. 2. Peculiar to a particular group or person. 3. Place in Mitch’s head where he stores old idioms. Idiom (ˈɪdɪəm)  n  A phrase which cannot be understood from the meaning of … Continue reading

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The “I Love You” Game

I have a friend who’s unhappy in his marriage and is thinking of leaving. This is the conversation I hope to have with him. “What should I do?” he asks, not really wanting to hear the answer. “Put it to … Continue reading

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Look Out Your Window

Our bedroom window faces east, so we capture some beautiful sunrises while sipping our morning coffee (I’ve included a few of those images below). But sometimes when I’m longing to travel, I think blithely back on the views I’ve seen … Continue reading

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What’s Your Happiness Baseline?

Thought for the Week Have you ever noticed how your happiness baseline—that bundle of things you consider essential for satisfaction—is constantly shifting? That’s because it’s based on what you’re currently used to, and what you’re currently used to is, well, just … Continue reading

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Bad Luck or Bad Behavior?

Image by Natalie Pearl Wunn 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. After being celebrated as the great … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights in whom there is no variation or shadow of changing.” ~James 1:17  

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How Beautiful?

Thought for the Week It was my first trip to Winnipeg, deep in the heart of the Canadian prairie. Not everyone in Manitoba lives in Winnipeg, of course—several dozen live in other towns (in Manitoba any building with more than … Continue reading

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Loose the Chains

“Loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of bondage. Set free the oppressed and break every yoke.” ~Isaiah 58:6 Our freedom will never be complete until all people are free! ∞

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