Tag Archives: fear

What About Saturday the 14th?

Saturday the 14th Half-Off Sale – All Evil Must Go! “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.” ~Oscar Wilde “Evil is not something superhuman, it’s something less than human.” ~Agatha Christie “We all have … Continue reading

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Happy Friday the 13th!

Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia? First, enjoy this picture gallery (click on any image to start the slide show), then read below about the meaning and history of friggatriskaidekaphobia — and why Good Friday really means good luck! The term … Continue reading

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The Tears of a Coward

Image by Sanhanat Suwanwised 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 a hero, Gina … Continue reading

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Perfect Love

Thought for the Week The term “casts out” in the original Greek means to displace, the process by which one thing replaces another, just as air displaces water in a submarine, causing the submarine to rise to the surface–because the … Continue reading

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Scheduling Happiness

Thought for the Week It was 1987 and, thanks to the tremendous growth of the mutual fund into which I’d wisely poured our money, we were taking our first real vacation together. It was autumn, and so we’d opted for … Continue reading

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A Calm in the Midst

Some speak of the calm before a storm. But there is also a calm in the midst of storms, one that comes from knowing you are not alone. §

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Future Shock

Many years ago, I read a book entitled Future Shock. The title referred to the experience of culture shock within one’s own culture. Future shock hadn’t happened yet, its author argued, but it was coming. And now? Many people, perhaps … Continue reading

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Eclipses Are Illusions

The word eclipse, from the Greek ekleípō, means to “fail” or “abandon,” reminding us that throughout most of human history, eclipses have been viewed with horror as the sun’s light “abandoning” us, it’s “failure” to continue shining. But eclipses are … Continue reading

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My Phobia

My Real Memoir Last week I wrote about one of the darkest experiences of my life (it must have triggered some algorithm because WordPress cancelled all notifications). A train was involved. Then, a month later, a very different train encounter … Continue reading

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Sunrise or Sunset?

Have you ever looked at the sun in a photo and wondered whether it was coming up or going down? The sun doesn’t change, so what does? Our world. When the day begins, the air is cool and clean — the … Continue reading

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