Tag Archives: fear

Running Away

I’d threatened many times to join the circus or go live on a raft on the Mississippi like Tom and Huck. But that wasn’t the case this time. It was some since-forgotten atrocity—homework? weekend chores? (I still hate vacuuming)—that led … Continue reading

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My Leap of Life

You’re caught in a blinding blizzard and you reach the edge of a cliff. The way back is death. The way forward is unknowable. And so you leap, hoping—without evidence—that you will land on something, rather than plunge into the … Continue reading

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The Wishing Map 124

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Note: To read The Wishing Map from the beginning, click here. The Wishing Map Chapter Twenty-Four: The Long Night (continued) Previously: Gina’s Questing Beast turned out to be unlike anything she’d anticipated.(WARNING: Graphic imagery) ⇔ ⇔ ⇔ Just then, a squirrel,…

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Us vs. Them

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
I am profoundly disturbed by the current rise of nationalism in Europe, in the Americas, in the Middle East, in nearly every nation on earth. Powered by the false logic of isolationism and protectionism, each…

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The Wishing Map 123

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Note: To read The Wishing Map from the beginning, click here. The Wishing Map Chapter Twenty-Four: The Long Night (continued) Previously: After many desperate days of anticipation, Gina was finally called to face her Questing Beast. ⇔ ⇔ ⇔ She managed…

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Worry!

“You’re worried about what-ifs. Well, what if you stopped worrying?” ~Shannon Celebi “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.” ~Mark Twain “You’re trying to eat grass that isn’t … Continue reading

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The Invisible War

I had a friend whose left leg was an inch shorter than his right. For years he tried to hide his limp and, as a result, developed chronic tendonitis and stalactic bone spurs. He finally had “weird shoes” made (his … Continue reading

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