Letter from the Editor: My Changing Place at the Table

Dear OTV Artists and Readers, It has been an honor co-creating Open Thought Vortex with its founder, Shareen Mansfield, and working with the artists who publish here. When Shareen approached me with her dream, I was all in. She said she wanted to build a publication that showcased talent both new and established and compensated […]

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A Woof is My Word For Love

This tugged at my heart. I miss my Boomer. The unwavering , unquestionable, purity of his love and the love of my other firry babies Chloe and Lucky hold my heart. This reminded me of the purity of their love! ❤️

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Publication day – The Life Assistance Agency

As many of you know I have been impatiently waiting for this book. I hope you will all support this amazing author.❤️Shareen   When you have a public platform of the magnitude of Idle Blogs it seems churlish not to announce today as the day I hand in my notice at work. If I was a […]

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America-Diversity and the Importance of What connects us.

When it comes to faith, there is a lot you won’t learn about me based on the box I check. Throughout my life I’ve believed. I never knew in what or how, yet somehow I believed–believed validating my faith is something only I can do. I know in my heart, right down to the core, that […]

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Why I created greeting cards to celebrate gender transitions

By Jade Sylvan Coming-of-age, graduation, marriage, new babies, new jobs, new homes – you can go into a drug store right now and find a panoply of greeting cards to congratulate someone you care about on any of these major life transitions. I went through a phase of dismissing greeting cards as mass-produced schmaltz or […]

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Our Stepford Conspiracy

When discussing the troubles of our society, much of the attention seems to go toward a particular person or group. Our culture does seem to love its conspiracy theories and to point to individuals as particularly toxic. Blame for ills is often directed toward police, the media, or a particular candidate for high office to […]

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Part 3 – Witnessing domestic violence at home

  Part 3: (trigger warning) Having gone through that first bout of violence was a shock to me. It’s something I hadn’t witnessed in my entire life. Violence of such ferocity. I mean, my Dad…he was emotionally abusive but never overtly physically violent. So this was new to me. In truth I thought it was […]

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Grandma’s Closet and the Legacy of Dirty Little Secrets

I am envisioning a long red ancestral thread that ties me to my immediate family; my brothers and sisters and my nieces and nephews. I am inextricably tied to my parents and my grandparents; then to their parents and the mothers and fathers of my great grandparents, and so on. The latter are souls whose […]

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Cultural Reflections: A Journey Back in Time

Image of the author: “Portagee Red Tall in the Saddle” (about 1971) Reflection 2016 Veterans soldier up – theirs is a culture of pride. That’s okay; I have no shame in showing my emotions to the VA psychiatrist. “Ask my husband about his dead service friends,” I say, knowing where to dig for PTSD. Ask […]

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