Tag Archives: fear

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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Demonstrators Wanted

“If you love life and desire to see good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceit. Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.” ~Psalm 34:12-14 “And finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is … Continue reading

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A Sudden Reversal of Fate

Photo by Corey Rich 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. Zack was about to die! How had … Continue reading

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The True Tale of Toby the Turtle

My Real Memoir Shortly after the legendary Fat Cat incident, our neighbors matched it with an equally outrageous one involving their beloved Toby the Turtle. Odd pet? Hardly. Half the kids I knew had tiny pet turtles living in plastic lagoons … Continue reading

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Redeeming All Hallows Eve

     “If we are honest, we acknowledge that we are dying throughout our life, and this is what we learn if we are attentive: grace is found at the depths and in the death of everything.”        … Continue reading

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Death by Public Speaking

Illustration by Sara-Mara 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. For some annoying cosmic reason, Mid-Mid’s (Middleton Middle … Continue reading

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My Early Brushes with Mortality

Photo source: Richard Ratay My Real Memoir Oddly enough, as a child I came to equate suffering and death with my cousins, and with a quaint farming community. Mom and her sister Tavia were close, so we visited often. But … Continue reading

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Caption This Photo

Feel free to be snarky (hard to resist), or to wax metaphorical like some of these writers have: “When a man is standing at the top of a cliff, it isn’t fear of falling that keeps him rooted to the edge … Continue reading

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Be Still My Soul

Thought for the Week A Guest Blog by Lavish Mercy Sister Renee Yann (Religious Sisters of Mercy), D.Min, creator of the blog site Lavish Mercy, is a writer, speaker, teacher on the subjects of spirituality, social justice and ethical business … Continue reading

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