Month: October 2016

The Safe Place That Saved My Life

TW: Sexual violence against children The physical aspect of child molestation eventually ends, but the emotional destruction does not lift off the tiny shoulders carrying the burden. Instead, it grows with you and casts a shadow of overwhelming darkness for years, decades; sometimes for life. I was molested for 8 years of my childhood and …

Infested Sestina

Infested Sestina here i sit in this old house it moans and creaks maggots seep through walls, infesting, crawling on broken wood. this Place, It is haunted, left to the lingering dead.   the halls are. the walls are—dead fragrant must lingers for old times of domestic bliss, not haunting cries of sorrow and condemned …

Many Identities

By Tricia Barker Walt Whitman said, “We contain multitudes…” and he might be right.  The older I get, the more identities I gather; but as I inhabit each one I try to hold on to the essence of kindness, even when that kindness need only be directed toward myself.   Survivor of Men’s Violence and …

Underwater Insight

  Drew Bromfield spends his days (and let’s be honest, nights) finishing his dissertation in cognitive neuroscience at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  A student of Shambhala Buddhism, he leads meditation regularly for the Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation group at Maxwell House Yoga.  He finds special richness in the interface among relationships, ongoing lived experience, …

You Need to Fly

Open your wings expand into a cloud flow glide clouds are cotton candy unicorns run wild mermaids fall from the sky tiny magical lifeforms raindrops that grow into the coral reef they are artist caretakers making the reef a sacred place beautiful blue Azul topaz Gold flickers. Pearls shimmer.

Mind, Body, Our

by Rodney Askins “Through turf nights with barriers of poverty, every day is a struggle. How and why is your answer-added question. This poem is a long life story song.” Sometimes I whistle to ignore the horrors of other depression that circles around my mind for what it’s worth the sound is close to the …

2nd Presidential Debate, or, What Donald Trump Doesn’t Know About Government Could Fill Hillary Clinton’s Resumé

Welcome back to the OTV Debate Coverage 2016. Today we’re recovering from not only the 2nd Presidential Debate, but also Columbus Day, the holiday when we celebrate the arrival of a clueless outsider into an arena where he was unwanted and uninvited, whereupon he set in motion the events that would lead to more than 500 years of …

Life Is Non-Scents

by Debbie Jinks Who would have thought when I got up that Friday morning that my life would change in such a devastating and unusual way by the time I went to bed that night? That my whole world would be turned upside down by one small incident. Life was pretty good until that point; I’d succeeded …

An ode to hode… Or , The finest of them all

A gentle giant Who was 90% heart. Hodor held the door Set aside his fear Giving his life for his friends. Hodor held the door Duo-syllabic Benevolent altruist Hodor held the door Find more from Al Lane here.   Picture courtesy of: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/game-of-thrones-season-6-director-jack-bender-reveals-hodors-death-scene-was-originally-a-lot-more-a7060046.html

Getting to Know You

It is fitting that the topic we are choosing to tackle on OTV in October is “Identity”, as we are going through an identity shift of our own.  I was thrilled when Shareen first extended an invitation to guest on the magazine late last year and more than flattered when she and Shawna welcomed me …