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Alchemy and The Elements

I’ve been blessed in my life to grow up amid a diverse group of friends and family. Spending ten years off and on in school also gave me the opportunity to become exposed to an equally-diverse number of cultures and religious beliefs. Alchemy is one of them. Let me state emphatically one thing: I am…
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I’ve moved!

I’ve moved!! The new address for the blog is here!. Just to be kind of annoying, unless you click stop now, you’ll be automatically redirected there in about three….two….one….See you on the other side, Neo. md

Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?

All of the hoopla about Vice President Cheney’s hunting accident has made me pause and ponder. Why, in an ‘enlightened’ society, has honor gone the way of the do-do? Consider for a moment the lowly place that honesty and integrity holds in our culture. What were once two of the most lauded values in a…
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And I think to myself.

Stop for a moment and ponder the awesome complexity of the world in which we live. Still pondering? Good. It’s complex. Really complex. Quit thinking about your own bodies for a moment and think big picture — really big! Global. Weather patterns over the Sahara change fishing conditions in Louisiana. Fish spawning in Oregon affect…
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Happy Holidays. Now Piss Off.

I offered to help a friend with her Christmas party this year, catering/food/bar stuff. Nothing too big, right? (BAAAAAAAAHHHHNK, sorry, that’s the wrong answer.) Somewhere in my brain, the words “Christmas” and “party” simply didn’t compute into the holiday season. I generally like holidays, just not this one. Perhaps the reason I dislike Christmas is…
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Christmas Shopping, Ship Me Out.

I offered to help a friend with her Christmas party this year, catering/food/bar stuff. Nothing too big, right? (BAAAAAAAAHHHHNK, sorry, that’s the wrong answer.) Somewhere in my brain, the words “Christmas” and “party” simply didn’t compute into the holiday season. I generally like holidays, just not this one. Perhaps the reason I dislike Christmas is…
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Fugitaboudit…And three other phrases not to use with crazy people.

Last night, for reasons passing understanding, I had a massive panic attack about two a.m. Panic attack may not be quite the right word for it. Rather, it was a massive, sudden-onset and triggered OCD episode, brought on by the introduction of a new person into a very complex and completely unfathomable equation. Suffice it…
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The Dance.

The lightbulb. That’s what is different. Maybe it is a higher wattage or has a short. For whatever reason, that pool of light is just a little bit brighter, a little bit more golden than the spaces around it. I wonder if she knows what she represents, sitting in that pool of light? Did she…
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The Life Telephonic, Or…Why Call Centers are the New Waiting Tables for the artistic crowd.

Each morning, I awake at the buttcrack of dawn, get into my car while it is still dark, and drive ten miles to a large cinderblock building, where I enter through an unmarked door and proceed past high-technology to a small workstation in the back of the building, tucked away behind high, beige sound-dampening cubicle…
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A New Book for a new cycle.

Not sure why, but this is the time of year when my projects seem to take flight. With Bohemian Row (now known as “Anything But Ordinary”) in the final revision stages, I’ve turned my sights to a new story. Something about the concept of intimacy fascinates me. People have a desire to be intimate —…
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