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River of Words

Posted by Leah on 8/27/2020 4:07:57 PM

I hardly know where to begin. The thoughts have been stewing, brewing, and churning for too long without real (fully open and honest) outlet. One minute I think of some grand new scheme for this or that, some novel new way I’ll be freer, happier, calmer; the next I’m in a shambles, crying till I gag because I’m the worst human who ever lived and the fact that I’m still here at all is what’s really wrong with the world. I can’t tell if I’m actually making progress on anything at all. If I’m actually growing and changing as much as I believe I am, or if the entire perception is j...

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Dispatches From the Deep Woods: First Contact

Posted by Leah on 8/17/2020 8:59:45 AM

The squirrels sit in branches high above the forest floor, dropping unappetizing bits of green pine cone as they munch and chitter away at their breakfast. The sun’s rays gleam and glimmer through the trees, washing away the shadows and uncertainty of night. The mourning dove’s coo adds a cozy familiarity and sets the mood for the day. I wonder what the effect of this musical choice will be; if the day would be better greeted by the haunting, melodious wood thrush, but the sun hitting my pupils wipes away the thought, yanking me back to present.

In swoops the hummingbird, yet it’s alr...

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Dispatches From the Deep Woods: Savage Motherfuckers

Posted by Leah on 8/16/2020 2:45:30 PM

I push open the door with my shoulder, hot coffee spilling down my arm. In my hands, phone, notebook, pen, granola bar. At least the coffee isn’t burning hot. I step down the stairs to the patio and turn towards my destination, the patio table. But as I start to take the first step towards the table after turning, I notice a chipmunk with something rather large in his tiny, human-like paw.  I freeze, staring at him, him staring at me. A standoff has begun. I strain my eyes in the dappled, early morning sun to make out what it is in the little guy’s hand. He takes a nibble of his prize as if...

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Endzeit or Ever After

        It can be hard to stand out in a field as overcrowded as that of the zombie apocalypse genre. Any quick internet search for a count of zombie films brings back hundreds of entries, and no list is ever truly complete, depending on ...

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A Christmas Story

Dear A Christmas Story,

In a world far over-saturated with everything Christmas, (especially movies about Christmas) you stand out. Not an easy feat, to be sure. But you can’t help it, can you? You’re just so delightful, witty, and cute. No ...

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

        From the first seconds of the first trailer I knew this film was one I had to see. The three main cast members alone were enough to hook me: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell? What’s not to like with a cast like that? Not...

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Pentimento


        Pentimento is a word heaped with meaning. It is the Italian word for repentance, or penitence. It also has meaning in the art world, as “a visible trace of earlier painting beneath layers of paint on a canvas.” (Definition from Google...

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Life After Ex

        After what can only be described as an extensive and lengthy fight, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015 to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. This victory was hard fought, and had more back and forth than the world reco...

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The Animation Show of Shows

        Anyone who spends any amount of time on my website will quickly realize what a fan of animation I am. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s hand drawn, computer done, puppets, stop motion or any other form, I feel that animation as a story telli...

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