So I Became The Smoke

Photo by Jaroslav Devia on Unsplash.com Let’s just make a few adjustments, shall we? We need to cover the dark circles under those eyes and add some colour to those cheeks. There, that’s a little bit better. Now the hair, the clothes, and…No, no slouching. Stand up straight. You look like a question mark! Who’s…

The Power and Limitations of Prayer

Photo By Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.com I believe in the power of prayer. Thought I should just get that out before I go on to contradict myself or stir up a nest of angry fire ants. Made that mistake once and, believe me, there are someplace you just don’t want ants to bite. Sensitive places.…

A Werewolf On An Open Road?

Photo by Osman Rana on Unsplash “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost It’s a clear night and the stars shine brightly. The air is warm, almost too warm for this time of year, but no one’s complaining. Well, no one else is awake right…

Please, Don’t Pity Me

Photo By Daniel Schludi on Unsplash Dread crawls up my spine like a snake wrapping itself around a tree branch. It clings to my bones. I feel its muscles flex as it holds on for dear life. It lifts its head, its tongue laps up the air, and it waits. There’s a strong breeze. It’s…

Can You Zip That Up, Please?

Photo by: Nick Fewings on Unsplash Do we dare to compare our scars or our pain? Is it measuring contest? Do you have a ruler or should I find one? We can whip it out right here if that will make you feel better. On the count of three? One…Two…Hold up, this is just silly!…

Forgiving The Unforgivable

Photo by: Ye Jinghan To forgive may be divine but, for us mere mortals, is the divine even possible? Should all things be forgivable or is there a line that can’t be crossed? A line we can't come back from? Are there things that are simply unforgivable? Do I really need to forgive to move…

A No Good, Terrible, Very Bad Day.

Photograph by: Karim Manjra on Unsplash I used to live in blissful ignorance. Way back in the day, when my eyes were more innocent, I saw the good in the days ahead. Hope pranced through wildflowers. The sweet aroma of optimism filled the air. Endless possibilities danced on a gentle spring breeze. To be young…

The Downside Of Hope

There’s one word I’ve used quite a lot lately and that’s: Hopeless. A feeling that’s often considered a negative emotion that should be driven out by rainbows, unicorns, and reckless optimism. It’s seen as something that needs to be cured with haste lest it run wild. Left untreated it becomes a cancerous growth that destroys…

What Are Friends For?

“When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”  ― Groucho Marx It was a bad idea. A horrible idea. Nothing good was going to come from this idea. I knew it. I said…