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  1. Caregiver diary

    3:00 am March 31, 2020

    Vickie awoke, checked blood sugar: low (5, had to fix quick bfast; heated sausage/egg sandwich we keep in freezer for just these occasions.

    3:30 am

    I'm still awake, loaded dishwasher, made self bowl cereal, V still awake was cold needed blankets. Temp outside 51f. Heated leftover coffee in microwave.

    4:00 am

    Both still awake V needed to potty, helped her to b-room and back to bed.

    5:00 am ...
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  2. The Psychology of Editing

    First and foremost, I am no editor. I’m only an author with some thoughts about this subject. I don’t think an author on this planet can edit themselves, with the exception of Anne Rice!
    Nancy of Melange Books suggested I might share some prep advice when it comes to writing and editing. Particularly editing. We’re all going to go through these stages with our Melange books, and it is inevitable. As authors, we’ll always need new eyes—a fresh outlook from another perspective. I shouldn’t ...
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  3. Isolation Diary

    To do my bit, I’ve decided to go into full voluntary isolation. Yesterday was the first day and it started so well. I let all my friends and colleagues know on social media that they wouldn’t be seeing me for 12 weeks. I was overwhelmed with the support. There were smiley emojis, clap hands emojis and several urged me not to feel constrained by 12 weeks. It’s so good to be part of a supportive community.

    I started the day by spending two hours thoroughly researching the problem. Two ...
  4. Happy mother's day.

    Saturday morning would normally be a shop-day for me and today it will be, I shall.... go shopping..... but the experience, the task of carrying out would be anything but..... normal. Thanks to the shock-waves of the corona-v spreading ever outwards from China. The effects which, the image of a stone being thrown into a pond and the ripples gently pushing out from the epi-center springs to mind, but this is more akin to slab of concrete being dropped into the metaphorical pond from a great height ...

    Updated March 22nd, 2020 at 09:15 PM by dither

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  5. I'm back from nowhere..........

    So.... I'm back. It's been rough. My eyes, well enough about that. They are getting better. Slowly. My puppy, who hasn't been doing well passed away last Thursday. I had to put her to sleep. She isn't/wasn't really a "puppy", she was an about 12 year old give or take Chuhuahua with advanced heart disease and I've had her on hospice for months now and finally had to put her to sleep. So it's been a rough weekend. I'm okay and working on this new art/poetic project so that helps, ...
  6. lacking something

    by , March 16th, 2020 at 11:26 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    it’s been an interesting few days with the rapid development of the corona virus and its spread, the world seems to have hit a wall in its desire for normalcy. Even what seems normal at times has taken on an insidious tinge of anxiety, a fear that seeps into even the mundane.

    An empty street is something to behold now, something we grab onto and point at, saying ‘look what’s happened’ despite its occurrence before. A cough or a sneeze are now things to be wary of doing when you leave
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  7. Interacting with difficult people

    In my old frickin' age, where 40 year old women look like hot young babes, I try to be respectful towards others. I have my flaws, lord knows I do, so I don't expect perfection in others. (Of course, if someone is a white supremacist, they deserve to be treated badly, but that's another story.) It's just that there are so many assholes in the world, that it's turned me into a misanthrope, and I just don't feel like weeding through the crop to pick out the good ones.

    If only the novel ...
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  8. THE BLACK published on Jakob's Horror Box

    Hey guys! I got another piece of short fiction published, this time on Jakob's Horror Box. It's a dark, surreal horror story, so if that sounds interesting, check it out!
    Thanks,
    -B4B
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  9. justice on a day like today...

    there used to be a pilgrimage where the pilgrim would place peas in their
    sandals to make the walk uncomfortable, an ever present pain meant to remind
    of the repentance they sought. to truly grow spiritually on this journey was to accept
    the pain of this life and to incorporate it into yourself. to accept the pain until you no
    longer resented it.

    today it seemed my boots were slowly being filled with peas. one after another,
    dropped in when i wasn’t
    ...

    Updated March 17th, 2020 at 05:18 AM by Greyson

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  10. Snotty Nose

    Snotty nose, O snotty nose,
    where it comes from nobody knows.
    It’s not a cold, I’ve had the flu -
    the Swine, the Bird and the Man type too.
    Recovered, scrubbed up good as new.
    but the stubborn, sudden, snotty nose
    still hangs around, it comes and goes,
    its conquest needing several blows.


    I’m offered tissues
    by girls who have issues
    with a hanky.
    They’re manky,
    they squeal, unhealthy as well –
    now use ...
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  11. Education...... Can you handle it?

    I really wish I wouldn't DO this. Walking out, in the fresh air, on a fine sunny day, should carry a government health warning. No sooner had I left the house this morning and my mind started whirring and I was set to thinking. Thinking about my recent thread in that's life. ARGH!!!!! Why do I DO this?

    Thinking, as I walked, about the smart-arsed young woman who assailed me yesterday with the "run boy run" outburst, and who may or may not have the mental age of twelve and ...

    Updated March 2nd, 2020 at 03:56 PM by dither

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