#WeekendCoffeeShare Shareen’s (De)Caffeinated Confessional Part 1

    If we were having coffee, it wouldn’t actually be coffee or tea it would be Dream of Summer Smoothie which I have to drink because Winter came and it is kicking my butt. Here’s the deal: time is running out to enter this contest for which I have nothing funny to share. I’m very excited […]

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The Legend of Appa

Written by Gabriel Ainslie, age 7 One fine morning there was this boy/brother named Noah and he… he had autism. Noah is my brother. It’s kinda different having a brother with autism. By kinda different I mean really different than lots of my friends; Noah just can’t control his feelings, and he never mostly never […]

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Found Love in a Hopeless Place – Church Social

Originally posted on Skinny and Single:
As previously discussed, last night there was a church social in my town. Now I’m not a church goer, and I also don’t technically believe in God. However, the meet up website suggested this as a great place to meet people. Yes, I’m a member of a meet up…

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climb a hill

i have wasted a summer half-life through regret and words and far too much coffee. i say to myself: you are lost, and no northing moss, or boots in the oven will help you. so tie your boots on, find an orising horizon and climb a hill to throw something off there to rain down […]

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My Stumble Story

Originally posted on Skinny and Single:
I had a very new blog, and I was still really stupid. I woke up one day with hundreds of hits from “Stumbleupon”, but when I clicked the direct link, it didn’t tell me what it was. I was curious, and called my genius child who said “wow, I…

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The Ninth Planet

The Ninth Planet By Jacqueline Cioffa I flipped on the tube to catch a break and drown out the white noise Bam bam bam grenades, gun pellets, and machetes Screams and blood puddles filled the streets Respite in the eve I think not Danger lurks outside the front door around every corner I used to […]

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hope it’s not a cliche after all

Sox is such a sack he’s such a sack laid out gluttonous amounts of self-care relaxation and the epitome of self-care curled fluid natural extensions of visualizing happiness not a single care in the world …euphoric. Then you see Boomer so in love with me we bonded understand the power of love seeing him adore […]

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Once upon a time … the power of story

Originally posted on Norah Colvin:
? In stories we find our hopes, our dreams, our inspirations, and our fears.  In stories our imaginations take flight as we contemplate ideas never before encountered.  Stories help us figure out the world and our place in it. We come to understand the stories of others and develop compassion…

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Four Paws for Noah Flash Competition Coming to a Close

The Four Paws for Noah Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Competition comes to a close on January 31st. Hosted by Charli Mills and judged by her Rough Writers, this competition is the first of three sisters in the Four Paws for Noah fundraiser writing series. If you haven’t taken a look at this competition, hop to it. […]

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“I spent five days looking up ways to kill myself.”

Content warning. * By Shareen Mansfield* I spent five days looking up ways to kill myself. I had the drugs on hand, prescribed to me for the pain related to my chronic, life threatening illness which was ironically not the reason I wanted to die. I was careful, I researched my death at length. I […]

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