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“The nights she locks the door– you better get it open.”

The tempest rages, battering the battlements of good judgment, bombarding built-up balustrades of consciousness.

It smacks stones of sense, degrading details and destroying any moniker of self-mothering.

Naked to it’s lustful and dominating advance, it blazes, emulsifying any educated reciprocity between mind and body.

Keep still until it passes.

Don’t split the skin. Don’t drain the wound.

You should know by now, that monster is a part of you.

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Step away from the news: reading fiction fuels creativity

Last week, on a plane to Long Beach, California, JetBlue Airways stuck me in a middle seat between two professional-looking gentlemen.

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After takeoff, I pulled out a book and tried to begin reading. But the intensity with which both gentlemen scrutinized their seat-back televisions immediately distracted me.

Leaning forward with nearly unblinking eyes, Tweedledee and Tweedledum  were happily enslaved by the news.

Now, watching these two Type-A shmucks engrossed in re-tellings of rape, murder, dirty money and dirtier politicians inspired something dangerous.

We need fiction.

We need fiction to relax. We need it to escape.

We need fiction to finally castrate our jack-ass boss and bring our favorite television characters together when it would never happen on the show.

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We need things that haven’t happened to explain what’s happening now. Continue reading Step away from the news: reading fiction fuels creativity

Holiday haters: 3 books to change your tune

The holidays can be a duplicitous bitch.

Either you’re adorning all your flat surfaces in twinkling lights and tinsel, or chugging down enough “adult beverages” to make all the family gatherings bearable.

Abhorring this ambivalence is totally natural, no worries.  We’ve all hated the holidays at some point.

So, next time you’re curled up with some Irish coffee, and attempting to avoid ABC family’s “25 days of Christmas” marathon, bury your nose in one of these books.

I’m not promising butterflies to warm your Grinchy soul, but these stories will remind you of something you’ve forgotten to be thankful for.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg 

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Awarded the Caldecott Medal for children’s literature in 1986, this wonderful picture book starts with the story of a boy losing faith in the meaning of Christmas.

Sound familiar?

So, Little Boy Blue is contemplating his existential Christmas crisis, and a magical, Hogwarts-style train shows up, complete with conductor.

The boy succumbs to the charms of the candy-filled train where he befriends other children his age and continues on a magical journey to meet Santa and watch the elves present the first gift of Christmas.

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Now, while the above summary sounds a lot like a “To Catch a Predator” plot line, the most important part of the book is the ending.

While our protagonist is visiting the North Pole, he asks for a single bell from a reindeer’s harness. And, on his way home, the bell mysteriously vanishes.

Will the bell return? Will the boy re-connect with his inner Christmas angel?

Check it out here on Amazon and Better World Books Continue reading Holiday haters: 3 books to change your tune

Whatever you do, don’t do anything

Control freaks, workaholics and all you anal retentives –- listen up!

It’s time to take a break.

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But–rooms need cleaning, laundry has piled up and those emails need answers. There’s just too much to do!

Well, too bad. Today, you’re not doing any of it.

No, do not feel guilty.

The work will be there later.

Chances are, you’ve spent most of your time constantly catching up on a never-finished to-do list.

Stop.

Stop everything until tomorrow.

Continue reading Whatever you do, don’t do anything