Category Archives: serious stuff

Meditation on Dispassion

Day 29 of NaPoWriMo. The prompt, edited for succinctness: For poet William Wordsworth, a poem was the calm after the storm – an opportunity to remember and summon up emotion, but at a time and place that allowed the poet … Continue reading

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Weekend Wildcard (Flashback #3: Doing it Anyway)

Flashback #3 in my re-posting from a blog I wrote several years ago about my struggles with depression. My purpose in revisiting the “old” me is to remind myself and any others who care to read, to: claim the positive … Continue reading

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Tax Day

April Fifteen, Tax Day. Doesn’t much matter to me, mine are pretty simple. No investments, no dependents, one job. On the job that day, as a matter of fact. Working the southbound toll booth where traffic comes off the bridge … Continue reading

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The Way of the Whale

NaPoWriMo, Day 23. The prompt: Write a poem about an animal. Tell me again about the whales, Great-gran; did you ever see one? Yes, child, I have seen them, but only from afar. Even at a great distance, it must … Continue reading

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If You Give a Man a Shovel: a story for Earth Day

If you give a man a shovel, he’s going to want to dig. He will dig holes in the ground. He’ll want to plant something in the holes, so he’ll ask you for some seeds. The plants growing from the … Continue reading

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Weekend Wildcard (Flashback #2: Brushing off my Faith)

This is my second time of re-posting from a no longer active blog I started in 2012. The blog was my way of working through a rather severe episode of depression. My purpose in revisiting the “old” me is — … Continue reading

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When It’s Time

NaPoWriMo, Day 18. Our optional prompt for the day takes its cue from how poetry can help us to make concrete the wild abstraction of a feeling like grief… Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an elegy of … Continue reading

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