Archive | February 2017

Boxcars

Andrew Joyce

Time for another one of my hitching adventures. This one is different. Someone I met along the way planted a seed, but it took twenty years to sprout. When it did, it sent me on a quest to discover the meaning of life. It took me another twenty-two years of visiting libraries, of perusing the shelves of bookstores. Twenty-two years of searching out, and finding, obscure books and writings from centuries past. Although a few pieces of the puzzle still elude me, I am content with the knowledge I have gained. I owe it all to a man by the name of Oracle.

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“There is a chink, a nigger, and a cracker in that car; git ‘em out. Oh yeah, there’s also a kid in there.”

I was that kid. With those few words, one of the strangest and most profound adventures of my young life was about to take…

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This entry was posted on February 17, 2017. 2 Comments

A Love Story – by Zoe the Cat…

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A Love Story by Zoe

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It’s February 14th, my friends! And you know what that means. Before I tell you my love story, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Zoe the Fabulous Feline, and I live with a human named Emily. I write stories; my human likes to paint. I say art has its place, but reading is the higher virtue.

So, I want to tell you a love story. But, first, let us define “love,” shall we? There is the love between humans, be it romantic, familial, or platonic; love between animals; love by humans for animals, and certainly vice versa. One can love food: Fancy Feast, sliced, in gravy—my favorite—and chocolate, my human’s favorite. (She insists chocolate is indeed a food.)

We can also love things, although that is the kind of love humans need to learn to do without. And as we all…

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This entry was posted on February 15, 2017. 2 Comments

Orlando, Please Understand.

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In the days and months following my father’s 2014 murder I heard one phrase uttered time and time again: Please understand. The killer’s probation officer who failed to stamp a piece of paper  in time, a police force who let an active arrest warrant sit meaningless on a desk, a District Attorney who didn’t want to waste the money on a trial and a life sentence if he could get a quick plea deal, the Department of Corrections who relocated the killer to a low security facility right by my house, the friends and relatives nearby and far away who were uncomfortable being around us death-kissed daughters and so kept a safe, comfortable distance: “Please, understand.” They told us newly shattered to understand that justice is a business, and though faulty they followed protocol, and prison placement has to take into account the criminal’s rights and program needs, and…

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Weekly Image and Haiku – From a grateful world

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This week instead of using one of my own photographs I have taken up the very generous offer of Terri Webster Schrandt.  Terri has opened up hundreds of images for you to use on your blogs or other projects and they are available via her dropbox account.

Downloading is very easy and you can then resize the photograph for your needs..

Here is the link to the post with Sherri’s reasoning for doing this and also some very important information about copyright on some of the free photo share sites: https://secondwindleisure.com/2017/02/02/how-to-get-hundreds-of-free-photos-for-your-blog/

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As you will see I have given Sherri credit on the image with a link to her website and I hope if you use one of her images you might do the same.

Anyway here is my haiku this week.. with an image courtesy of Sherri.

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Meet Guest Author Steve Boseley…

Head to the Ape’s site and catch some horrifically funny stuff from Steve Boseley!

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Everything you always wanted to know about me, but didn’t care enough to ask.

steve-boseleyIf you are looking for horror fiction that is chock-full to the brim with werewolves and zombies, I’m probably not your man. I write horror (amongst other things) that people can (hopefully) relate to. If pressed, I would say I write horror that takes the ordinary and mundane and makes it extraordinary and fantastic. I want to write about people like you and me that are dragged towards the edges of their reality and shown what lies just beyond.

Hello. I’m Steve, and I’m an author (AA is Authors Anonymous, right?).

I started writing as a much younger man, but lost my way when life interjected. Children, house, bills, health. But isn’t that always the way? I found my way back to writing several years ago and it feels like a familiar place. There are good…

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This entry was posted on February 1, 2017. 1 Comment