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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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Welcome Y2K!

Posted by Leah on 8/16/2020 12:22:57 AM

The room was dark, and quiet. I lie in bed, eyes closed, heart pounding, breathing shallow. In appearance alone am I trying to sleep, my emotions still too raw to bother. It’s almost time. I wonder what the signal will be; if people will make it clear without me having to look at the clock. It isn’t long before I have my answer, the fireworks distant, but clear. It is now the new millennium. It is now the year 2000.

My head throbs and I clench my fists in a vain attempt to hold back the flood of tears, but the flood is not to be. Instead all that’s left is a few single droplets, each ta...

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Dispatches From the Deep Woods: Furry Farmers

Posted by Leah on 7/20/2020 12:31:03 AM

The more I pay attention, the more Nature amazes me.

Chipmunks plant sunflower seeds, only to return for the harvest a few weeks later. The sprouts dug out of the flower pot they’d been lovingly shoved in. As far as I’ve seen, they either eat oat seed immediately, or take it back to the den for the clan. They munch garden snails and slugs as they find them, these live protein sources a rare live delicacy for the folk. I need to pay them more attention, but I think they like watching us about as much as we like watching them. In a way we are their tenants, as they will be here...

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I'm Back!

Posted by Leah on 5/4/2020 7:55:03 PM

Hi!

Hope you’ve been well since last time I posted here, which was forever ago. A lot’s happened in my life between my last post and now, just as I’m sure a lot has happened in yours. Let’s not get too far into all that. No sense rummaging around in the past when so much is happening right now. I will say though that I’m not going to post about movies here much anymore, unless it’s by happenstance. It’s not that I’ve given up enjoying film, (that will never happen!), it’s that my Post Concussion Syndrome symptoms are still such that I can’t enjoy most of the new films coming out today; ...

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I Swear I Have a Good Excuse!

Posted by Leah on 3/11/2019 12:48:27 AM

Dear Everyone, I’m sorry it’s been so long. To say I’ve missed you and writing here, is an understatement. I feel as though I’ve neglected a little piece of myself. But it’s all been for good reason. Over the past year I’ve had one health issue after another,and none of them are connected (except they’ve all happened to me, so I guess they ARE connected). I got a concussion in early 2018. Usually someone with this type of minor head trauma would be long healed by now; I have not. I’ve had too many concussions in my life (I’m accident prone), and at last count, this one was my sixth or seve...

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I don't Know How Long it Will Be

Posted by Leah on 5/31/2018 9:05:09 PM

Hi All

I'm so sorry for not updating this sooner. Back in February I got a concussion. This isn't my first (in fact it's the 5th or 6th), so I'm having ongoing serious issues. I'm also taking a LONG time to recover.

One of the main issues is the inability to look at a screen of any type for more than a few minutes, hence why it took so long for me to write this to begin with. Of course that also means I can't watch many, if any movies right now, so I won't be adding anything new here for awhile. I don't know how long awhile will be.

I will try to update this as I recover, but m...

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A Quick Apology to You

Posted by Leah on 1/21/2018 10:59:34 AM

        Hi! Thank you for visiting my website. I hope, for the most part, you enjoy it.
 
        I just wanted to let you know that I’m sorry. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting many new reviews, and I’m sorry that the most recent “news” item is from November. That’s certainly not the way I want things to be, and I hope to have them back to somewhat normal within the next month.
 
        As happens from time to time, life has gotten in the way lately. I’ve had more health issues than I could’ve anticipated, which has kept me from getting on the computer much. Plus my dog has been ...

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6th Annual Rhode Island Comic Con is in the Books

Posted by Leah on 11/20/2017 11:31:31 AM

        Initially it had been my hope to spend the entire 3-day weekend at Rhode Island Comic Con, interviewing celebrities and checking things out, but a family emergency came up at the last minute. In the final days leading up to the start of it I wasn’t sure I’d be able to go at all, but luckily I was able to squeeze one day out. That day was Saturday: the busiest and most crowded day of the three.
 
        Everything I’d looked at about the event before attending said that the doors didn’t open until 10 am. Rhode Island is usually close to a three hour drive for me, so I left my ...

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