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Mar.24.2014
Down at the shore, I look out as far as my eyes aid me and see the world's curve, the terminus of land, sea and air.  I smell changes in the air.  Never pausing waves soothe my psyche like a lullaby as I walk with my thoughts and the calling birds and silent shells. Winds blow, sun glows...
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Mar.24.2014
I'm not tolerant, I remind myself through the sieve of my thoughts, I don't understand hate and bigotry, discrimination and prejudice although I discriminate against those who discriminate and I hate those that abuse others, those that bully and malign others, but I do that, I come across the...
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Mar.24.2014
Price check on some item I didn't understand, the cashier says into her phone.  A moment later the announcement goes over the PA system.  She and the woman making her purchases discuss the situation, the shopper reiterating what she saw on the sign, a story told three times already, the...
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Mar.22.2014
The scene is San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, 1978.  Newly assigned to the area, my wife and I are driving around.  We've been married three years and I just returned from a fifteen month unaccompanied tour to Clark Air Base in the Philippines.  She'd been living with her...
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Mar.22.2014
A friend mentioned on FB that her dreams are terrifying.  She has a lifetime of terrifying dreams but notes that when winter turns to spring, her dreams become more horrid.  She wondered if it's the earth's tilt or some scientific cause behind it and whether others experience the same....
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Mar.22.2014
What percent of us has everything go perfectly, leaving us content, happy and satisfied every day?  Is there anyone you know like that?  I know some perpetual optimists who never appear morose.  Some glow with energetic enthusiasm, every day, staying busy, busy busy,  always...
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Mar.21.2014
My friend has encountered the hole.  Hopefully you're unfamiliar with the hole.  Most people encounter it, though, that hole that's left when their life takes unexpected and undesired turns and changes.  Stuck in the hole, he's trying to find his way out.  Some people call it a...
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Mar.21.2014
Spring is here and a new mantra has sprung. It sprung yesterday but I had to think about it a while.  See, the mantra that emerged from my thinking is 'stand your ground'. Stand your ground has a lot of bad recent connotations from reports around the US where people shot and killed other...
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Mar.19.2014
You Oughta Know that I'm not doing real well.  I've been Truckin'.  First, I had a bad case of the Statesboro Blues.  I'd just gotten out of the big house, where I spent Thirty Days in the Hole, then went to Jersey to see what I could see and ran into Bobby Under the Boardwalk....
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Mar.19.2014
Yesterday was another fantastic writing day.  I'm very fortunate to be in this zone right now and I'm trying to make the most of it. I'd spent time the day before reading, editing and revising what had been written, adding notes about where I thought the novel was going.  Yesterday, I...
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Mar.19.2014
Today's mantra comes from outside of myself, burrowing into me from another's life.  My friend and co-worker is losing it.  Pet deaths last year, sister in law's death one traumatic night at his house, his ongoing health issues from his Marine days, mother and father's health matters and...
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Mar.18.2014
An ink stained memory visited me today. I was in ninth grade at John Linton Intermediate school in Mrs Kerr's social studies class.  Mrs Kerr was a large blonde woman passionate about teaching but forced to teach a huge class.  I think there were 52 students.  I was in the back and...
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Mar.18.2014
The mantra came to me last night while exercising, that it's not enough to eliminate;  I also want to build.  Many of my actions are habits or conditioned reactions triggered by emotional and psychological needs and patterns, driving me to battle with myself.  When I conquer some...
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Mar.18.2014
Had a dark chocolate coconut bonbon, from Trader Joe, to provide more insight.  Trader Joe has a lot of dark chocolate selections that suck in me and my wife, eroding our will to eat better, lose weight, stay healthy, etc.  When I ate that little bonbon, I did a small dance of joy in my...
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Mar.17.2014
I awoke in the middle of the night, thought of a mantra and returned to sleep without writing it down.  Dreams swallowed it so I begin again, assessing who I am, where I'm at and where I'm going, and then releasing all of that to see what percolates up. And from there comes thoughts addressing...
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