The Releasing of the Dam

“I felt heavy and the depression I had fought for so long moved in and decided to stay. I stared at the wall for days, I was suicide watched. These were dark days and even darker nights.

And now I’m here.” Cee StreetLights

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Reigniting Your Passion

Passion exists everywhere. It infuses every element of our lives. It lives in our relationships, our pursuit of goals and dreams, our efforts toward self-improvement.

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Heat in the Heat 

We were married. A new life, together. The heat climbed to a new intensity, a different level.

Heat in the heat.

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New Yorkers have a reputation for being cool.

Nay, more than cool. I say now, fellas, what’s cooler than being cool? Uh, “emotionally frigid.” Yeah, that’s just about right.

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Meet OTV’s Author In Residence: Lisa A. Listwa

Lisa A. Listwa is wife to the nicest guy on the planet, mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, and reluctant but devoted owner of three rotten cats, affectionately nicknamed “the Rottens.” Her eclectic career history includes being a legal secretary, member of the human resources staff for a major day-planner calendar company, editorial […]

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Meet Dori Owen: Featured Author and Columnist in Residence 

Dori is Featured Columnist -Residence .Dori is one the top columnist at . You can read her on A Diary of an Arizona Girl. Her essays and poems have been published in RAW & UNFILTERED VOL I, Stigma Fighters Vol 2, and Love Notes From Humanity. Her blogs have been featured here on Open Thought Vortex, as well as The Lithium Chronicles, Sudden Denouement, and The Mighty

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All I Want For My Birthday Is…

Birthdays have a way of putting a spotlight on your life, drawing into focus all those questions like: what have I done? What am I doing? Am I happy? #MondayBlogs #Birthdays #Wisdom

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Music & Memories: How Practice Has Made Me Nostalgic

When I was in second grade, I was cast as the cow in the Christmas (yes, Christmas ‘cause I went to Catholic school which I’m told explains so freaking much) concert. I didn’t want to be the cow because…COW, and talked my way into the prized part of sheep. Why it was prized I don’t […]

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The Very First Time–can anything ever be as great?

But there’s also something amazing about the way she experiences everything for the first time: like, being on land! Having legs! How she preens & poses in that torn sail, because it’s her first outfit! And who can forget the moment she sees a fork in the wild for the first time? Delight!

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An Aging View of Diversity

By Raymond Baxter Isn’t it funny that most people remember their childhood days with rose tinted glasses? Those who haven’t had a terrible one, that is. I often remember 1980’s Scotland as a bustling metropolis of harmonious multiculturism and friendship. Where people would go out of their way to help their fellow neighbours, and it […]

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