Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Memories of My Grandmothers Growing up, the classic line from The Wizard of Oz when Glinda asks Dorothy “Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?” made perfect sense to me.  From my very earliest memories I was always surrounded by formidable women, women of vast and mysterious powers, some of them very good […]

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July Editor’s Letter: Faith is Confidence in Confidence Alone

Dear Readers, Faith is a tenuous topic for me. I have a history of religious trauma, conservative rigidity and ritual divestment. The word “faith” triggers a series of complex memories along with an astounding amount of cultural guilt. When I found myself turning away from the term altogether, drawing in and grimacing with disgust, I […]

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STRONGER TOGETHER: The Emergency Prompt Roundup

Content warning: rape and abortion I’m not really sure why but these roundups always make me think of a lasso, cowboy hats, ponies & a ride into the sunset. Anyhow, this goofy lead should reassure you that I’m either okay or I’m still medicated. The correct answer is just 😉. You came together when I was […]

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My Journey Through Faith

Trigger warning: sexual abuse, violence Faith is something which our world polarizes in this modern age, with dogmatic rule still prevalent and the complete rejection of God becoming an ideology all of its own. Faith can feel like an amazing party with the best of everything at your feet, as well as the feeling like […]

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Checks and Balances

DJ Jon Snow tonight … I copped two backstage passes—you down? I’ll pass. You know knuckleheads are just gonna shoot up the club like always … Why do you even go? Anthropological research … Report’s titled “Ballistic Ballin’: Negros, Nay-Naying, and TEC-9s in the Nightclub.” A dissertation? Nah, this is strictly for street cred. … […]

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A Brazilian Girl’s Survival Guide to Living in America: Part 1

Part I. The first time grandma took me to the airport in Rio de Janeiro, I threw a tantrum like she’d never seen.  I threw myself on the ground, pulled out my hair, tried to bite chunks of flesh out of my arms, screamed so loud people on the other side of the airport could […]

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#WeekendCoffeeShare -Real Talk Soup

Hopefullu, you have all  figured out by now I’m not one who typically writes from prompts, I’m enjoying what you’ve shared. Sometimes I’m crying, sometimes laughing, but all the while it’s certain I’m being touched by your words. “Thank you” is not enough. If we were having coffee I’d share what I’m most proud of! […]

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Howl Their Song

“Worn” was a forgiving description of your hands – covered in dirt across every crack of the skin, the fingernails bent back and cuticles bloodied; you held them out to your eyes in the dawn’s early light. Sweat ran down and into your eyes. You had been digging for something, searching down below for whatever […]

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Change for a Ten: Faith and Perspective at a Pearl Jam Show

By Stacia M. Fleegal TW for brief mentions of physical and verbal abuse I decided a long time ago that art is the source of my faith—in humanity, in beauty, and in the possibility for transformation. The first piece of art I ever connected with was Ten, the first album by Pearl Jam, which has […]

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Read Shareen on The Honeyed Quill

The Honeyed Quill is sister site to Open Thought Vortex Magazine. It is the blog of Editor-in-Chief Shawna Ayoub Ainslie. She was the first person to publish me after I left journalism. She read my work and found poems in our conversations. The first piece of mine she put up on her site it was […]

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