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It’s All Wrong (A Poem)

My newest poem, it’s a bit dark but sometimes we need to get things out.

It’s All Wrong

Loathe everything you are
Because it’s all wrong
Under the instruction
Of the misguided throngs

Judge yourself
Though “you shall not judge”
Encage yourself
In the mind’s own grudge

They say not to bother at all
With the superficial side
But this is the path
On which they stride

Hide your words
Hide your thoughts
Listen only
To what you’ve been taught

Wildebeest By Jennifer Burton

This poem is from the talented artist and writer Jennifer Burton. You can find her on Instagram and check out her shop on Etsy.


I’ve been dying for a long time
and I’m not talking about the decaying kind that we are all doing


I’m talking about daily dying death


Roadkill: The way we feel it until we don’t


I’m talking about coloring in the lines


I’m talking about how filth is human and a human is filthy but so very blessed with showers and toilets, soap, trash cans and landfills
Dust equals dirt, but dirt was dead skin first, and dead skin was once you and you were once alive


I’m talking about how you were once a howling wolf
Then turned jealous of howling wolves
Then turned fearful of howling wolves
Then turned indifferent


I’m talking about the death of the wildebeest
Born when you were born, when I was born
Born howling at the moon, scared and angry,
but mostly fierce and shining
like a firefly
if a firefly was also a sun


Now what have we become?


I’ve been dying for a long time, and decay is not the worst kind of death
The worst kind of death?
is when the beast quits rearing its ferocious, ugly head and you start to think life is a paint by number, that ducks really do belong in a row, that a family belongs in a house and a house belongs in a world made bigger and better-faster-stronger by the dollar and sweat off your back


I’m talking about roadkill
Coloring in the lines
streets upon streets empty of wild beasts running, drumming, howling


With brass knuckles, celebratory trumpets, gloriously bloody knees


You did this to yourself
You breathe in the trees and give all your air to gossip, meaningless lists and plans
You take it all for your stupid lungs and give nothing to anything real or burning


Lambs lie down before slaughter
But no one can slaughter the wildebeest
Only beat it into a shadow
that would still roar had it one breath
To breathe

New Travel Book by Author Toby Israel

In this time of self-distancing and limited trips to any place other than essential businesses, many of us are longing for the day when we can travel again. The book now in pre-sale called “Vagabondess: A Guide to Solo Female Travel” by Toby Israel might be a good read for anyone in this situation right now. Toby, who is from the website, is offering the ebook for only $5.00 during the pre-sale. That’s half off the standard rate!

Check it out at


Above The Crowds Below (A Poem)

Above The Crowds Below

I hover above the crowds below
Looking up with glee
Though I only stay a second or two
They have come here just for me

Then I come back in increments
In different shades of light
To build an artwork among the stars
And to brighten up the night

Serving as a reflection
Of sacrifices long ago
I am the fusion of sight and sound
The most incredible show

The Mind of a Poet

These are the front and back inside cover areas of the very first notebook of poetry I wrote from the late 1990s-early 2000s. This is where I jotted my initial ideas and lines that came to me and figured I’d like to share them with you.

Overcast (A Poem)

While overcast skies may not inspire
Or be your cup of tea
Nature has mysterious ways
Of showcasing her beauty

For when the clouds float by
We appreciate the clear days more
And always have a unique canvas
Never seen before

And when the morning dawns
Or the sun settles into sleep
The pastel creations before our eyes
Are artworks truly deep

Quality Dictation App for Avid Writers

While writing has long been a passion of mine, there are times when due to any number of circumstances, I may not be able to sit down at my keyboard and type.

For some writers, it can be a matter of carpal tunnel syndrome, for others, too much staring at a screen and for still more writers, it can be that inspiration strikes at an inopportune moment. This type of thing is why dication apps can be so handy for us.

As an Android user, I recently tried out an app from the Google Play Store and think it might be helpful for others in this field. I’d urge you to check out Speechnotes and see if it is beneficial to you.



So, What Really Makes Something Newsworthy?

In our 24 hour news cycle, it can be hard for journalists and editors to come up with new material. Some outlets even continue to focus on the same old information for hours on end because they can’t come up with something new. As someone who was educated as a journalist, I tend to wonder if there are moments in which the field has lost its ability to differentiate between what is and what is not newsworthy. And for those of you who are not journalists, this might be a beneficial lesson of sorts.

While times change and the norms in a craft adjust, I was taught and still understand newsworthiness to have to fit into one of more of these categories.


Something going on today will likely be more newsworthy than anything that happened a month, year or decade ago.


Of course the more something can hold meaning for us, the more valid it is for articles and reports.


An article about  a new store opening in Des Moines, Iowa isn’t going to be as newsworthy for people in Flagstaff, Arizona as a new store opening in their own area.


If an average person gets a speeding ticket, nobody really cares. But, if a high-profile actor does, that might be a different situation.

Human Interest

People like to hear and read about things that might be uplifting and something they can relate to a bit.

The Bizarre

Some entire publications (tabloids) focus almost only on this one.


Like any good story, conflict can be a key part of any reportage.


Do You Use a Pen/Pseudo Name?

Even though their real identity might be, it is no secret that over the years many writers across many genres have made use of a “pen name” now sometimes called a “pseudo name” in their work.

One of the most famous is Mark Twain whose real name was Samuel Clemens. More recently, many authors have written under several names for any number of purposes.

As a writer, I’ve even written under one.

While the reasons people do it varies, the notion of writing in such a way is very popular. For the writers out there reading this post, have you ever written under a pen name or considered doing so? Comments and opinions welcome.


Conflict – The Key to Any Story

Basically any story ever written has some essential parts. Among such parts is conflict. Basically, there always has to be a problem of some sort and a resolution, either positive or negative, to that problem.

There are seven main formats that a writer can typically use to fit the need. These are:

Person vs. Fate/God

Example – Slaughterhouse Five

Person vs. Self

Example – A Separate Peace

Person vs. Person

Example – Les Misérables

Person vs. Society

Example – To Kill a Mockingbird

Person vs. Nature

Example – Moby Dick

Person vs. Supernatural

Example – The Odyssey 

Person vs. Technology

Example – The Terminator


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