Sins of the Father

It’s hard when we talk about our parents. They are supposed to set an example for us, teach us our direction in life, set the tone for the life we will live out the rest of our days. If you’re lucky enough to have exemplary parents like my wife did, and live a fairly normal childhood […]

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Let’s Not Get Personal

YOUR GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING MUSIC REVIEWS By Thomas Hocknell I should have known. Tame Impala’s latest album has been a unanimous hit with the critics, being described as sparkling with kaleidoscopic experimentalism. It’s even gone to no.3 in the album charts, where it remains, unless returning my vinyl copy to Rough Trade slides it to […]

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Where I Belong

By Rachel A. Hanson Tell me where I belong, Surely, you understand I cannot be myself until I find out who I am Tell Me Where I Belong by Michael McLean “Rachel, do you want to learn how to play the piano?” My mom asks on our front step, looking at the bulletin board for […]

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How a Cello Healed My Heart

I met my childhood best friend on an Autumn day under falling leaves. Her mother was on their patch of lawn calling her name into the apartment complex parking lot. Her name was my name. This was cause for concern. My older sister sprang into action, confronting the girl’s mother. “Why are you calling my […]

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So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin

Originally posted on What a Witch:
Great. This is a necessary behavior in the face of the election of the most overtly racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti- gender and sexual minority candidate in the history of the modern United States. You know the rhetoric of his campaign was wrong. It was the very worst thing about…

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Why Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Who does not love a good coming-of-age story?  That indescribable, indefinable moment when a child becomes an “adult” (whatever that means); or more accurately, the moment when a decision is made that sets the course for adulthood.  We all have these moments, starting about the same time as the dreaded puberty, where the road forked […]

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Prostrate & Dark, Already

By Leah Mueller PROSTRATE Lying on the floor         between the stereo speakers    wormhole notes              fill my head, sink in     clumsy waves to bone. The music carries my ears              skyward, and the rest of        me sprawls immobile on the floor,            arms spread wide in surrender. One car passes           […]

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Sin Twister and Amnesia

Sin Twister I hear it spewed from loud mouths spit-slicked with the hate I was born with, “I’d see him dead before I saw him a faggot.” I see clenched fists raised high, scarred from years of cuffs And I will eat your young! (but now, “Jesus!”) After fists come down to pummel his wife […]

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What Now?

Originally posted on Chartwell West:
I’m not a liberal. I’m not a safe space, social crusader. I’m not a sore loser who can’t get over the fact that Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected president. The notion that I had to put what lukewarm support I had for a candidate behind her was a source of great…

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