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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

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7 days ago

Caretaker IV in The Fiction

This was the writing sample that got me into the MFA program. God help us all. Caretaker IV I Celia, I came out of cryosleep today. It was a lot uglier than I had been led to believe while in t...


May 31, 2019

Late in General

Late The air is fragrant here in mid coast Maine this time of year. I’d like to say it reminds me of my childhood, but the hiccupy way my life worked out I was barely here. Born here. Likely t...


May 22, 2019

Boots Boots Boots in General

Boots Boots Boots Interesting conversation on an AOCS group regarding SERE school. We were given strict orders that we were never to talk about anything that happened there. In hindsight it was...


May 18, 2019

Dante’s Prayer in General

Friday I was awake at 230am. By 300am I was out of bed. Ungraceful, tumbling thoughts bounced around in my brain. They went all the way from the beginning until the end. But the middle, oh t...


May 04, 2019

No Title in General

It isn’t a surprise to me but I was accepted into the MFA program. I grunted out an eight page short story as a writing sample. The primary reason I would even apply is I am being mercenary. ...


April 30, 2019

Days Are Numbers in General

I first heard this song about the time I turned 20. I had been on my own since 17. And I never seemed to stop moving. Every time I went home I was turning around and leaving. I’m thankful tha...


April 29, 2019

California Sun in General

Just three days and I’m missing you more than I thought I would i missing you more than I like to say I’m hanging on a hope swinging from a rope It’s all a shame My biggest mistake was letting y...


April 28, 2019

The Age of Adeline in General

The Age of Adeline I just watched that movie again. It breaks my heart every time. I don’t know why Hollywood is trying so hard to make it go away, for a five year old movie it should be all ov...


April 23, 2019

Fog in General

It is only when I am in the quiet I realize how noisy is my soul. I have a YouTube playlist that is all Celtic New Age stuff. I can feel my breathing start to synchronize with the in and out of t...


April 21, 2019

Pray Your Gods in General

Pray your gods who ask you for your blood For they are strong and angry jealous ones Or lay upon my altar now your love I fear my time is short There are armies moving close Be quick, my love… E...


April 17, 2019

Well. in General

I edited and edited and edited until I didn’t know what else to cut out to get back to 10 pages. Both writing samples and my “personal statement” have now been submitted for review. It’s not like...


April 15, 2019

ALS in General

ALS I heard this morning that my mother’s cousin, Nikki passed away. I guess that makes her my cousin in some kind of once removed way. She was diagnosed with ALS last fall. That is an awful, ...


April 14, 2019

Wild Wild West in General

She’s so mean but I don’t care I love her eyes and her wild wild hair Dance to the beat that we love best Heading for the nineties Living in the wild wild west The first time I heard that song I...


Robots Don’t Get Homesick Starting GoT from the beginning of last season. The final season starts soon. Two freaking years it took. We have a storm heading this way. Just going to be a sloppy ...


April 05, 2019

Upstairs in General

In 1995 I was just out of the fleet. Working for the Commodore at the wing. I wrote at least a dozen instructions in that two years, between the Bosnia conflict and 7 months in Italy. It always...


April 04, 2019

Celaena in General

I was going through my files, trying to find something to submit as an example of my writing. I will confess. I don’t think this sucks. In most things in life you don’t really have a choice. A...


April 04, 2019

Methinks in General

Prosebox has crashed. Because there is no way in hell I am the only person to write an entry in the last 24 hours.


April 04, 2019

Methinks in General

Prosebox has crashed. Because there is no way in hell I am the only person to write an entry in the last 24 hours.


March 23, 2019

Roadtrip in General

I have so much to write about. But I just don’t have the heart. Long roadtrip in my immediate future. At the beginning of May. Four corners. Down to DC to tour the Smithsonian. Maybe a stop ...


March 23, 2019

Roadtrip in General

I have so much to write about. But I just don’t have the heart. Long roadtrip in my immediate future. At the beginning of May. Four corners. Down to DC to tour the Smithsonian. Maybe a stop ...


March 20, 2019

"I Was A Sailor Once" in General

“I Was A Sailor Once” I liked standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four quarters of the globe. I liked the sounds of the Na...


January 30, 2019

How long... in General

How long will I love you? As long as there are stars above you. And longer if I can… (That’s actually Julia Westlin covering a Ellie Goulding song) How long will I love you As long as stars are ...


January 29, 2019

Julia Westlin in General

She is experimenting with the same kind of stuff Enya was doing 30 years ago.


January 17, 2019

Eva in General

Eva I was up early this morning. It is back to crazy cold here is Maine. Single digits F. I went through my routine, took my meds, made my tea. Heated up my oatmeal. My search for a recliner t...


December 22, 2018

Wintersong in General

The days are as short as they are going to get. It is inky black outside by 430pm. If out and about you might see a seam of blue on the western horizon. I have a new stove. That is kinda cool...


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