Cult of Immortality

I am alive. I am not dead. Through inference of my living and not dying, I am immortal. Or at least that seems to be the rationale my mind offers for why I remain unafraid of life threatening illnesses, car crashes, plane crashes, shootings, murderers and random accidents.  Even as the shadow of death looms […]

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Lie To Me

I found this meme on my newsfeed on Facebook and it made me smile.  I smiled because I feel the opposite of the intent of this meme.  It doesn’t bother me one bit when people lie to me.  My pet peeve, however, are bad liars.  I hate being lied to when the person either has […]

Top Ten Reasons Why Students Need More Literature

Top Ten Reasons Why Students Need More Literature (Not Less) In uniquely powerful ways, literary study prepares students for richly rewarding and meaningful lives. No other reading experience or learning activity duplicates this preparation. 1. Imagination: Reading literature cultivates the imagination. That’s one reason why tyrants and dictators hate literature, banning or strictly controlling it. […]

Good vs. Evil: Reality or Fiction?

“No man considers himself a criminal; no man can conceive of himself as a doer of evil; the mind is generally incapable of such realities and would rather condemn the society or the powers-that-be as persecutors and too dull-witted to understand the essential good of the acts.  And when you find a man incapable of […]

Flash Fiction Challenge: Always the Quiet Ones

Flash Fiction Challenge: Write a story using the following line: “She was one of the quiet ones.” Try to stick to around 1000 words or less. Sarah leaned back against the crumbling wall of her apartment.  Dust and debris were released into the surrounding air and floated slowly, languidly down, down, down to the floor.  […]

A Fictional Character, A Hero and A Villain: Day 31

Day 31 of the July Blog Challenge: Day 31 July Blog Challenge is to write a flash fiction piece using my fictional character, my hero and my villain.  Unfortunately, July was an especially long month and I can’t remember what I had in mind for my fictional character and I know my hero was the […]