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My Offensive Imagination

As writers, especially writers of fiction, we create this cloak of invisibility where we hide as we create worlds that are chaotic and wild; dangerous and deadly, or utopian and beyond the sphere of any possible existence. We dabble in a realm that mirrors reality but only truly exists in […]

The Scales of Destiny

I can remember as a child a certain incident happening with a neighbor. I was about nine or ten years old. I will not go into the details, except to say that my mother stepped in, despite what I considered to be a very humiliating experience, and simply ate that […]

Snatching lightening from the sky

Before Franklin invented the lightening rod, the superstition of the day decided the best way to ward off vengeful omnipotence, was by ringing church bells that were sprinkled with water from the Jordan River. Its sounds silly… okay it sounds downright stupid. The outcry from those who sincerely believed that […]

Coming Attractions

Last Thursday I had a day out with my great nieces and nephews. They’re a rowdy bunch; fiercely independent, creative and funny. I enjoy seeing their chaos in all it’s glory. I’m not the parent; I’m the uncle that gets to wind them up and watch the tornado of youthful […]

Authentic Memories

I was having a brief chat with my niece this morning.  By brief I mean a ninety-minute conversation as we both multi-tasked over the phone. She is a teacher to a group of exceptionally talented 14–18-year-old students. One of the things that fuel her passion, is the moments she gets […]

Be a Rebel

Taking a risk, is an act of rebellion. It sets the mind free of restrictions, that our adult brains love to implement to corral our creativity and dim our expectations. My friend and author, Vanesa Pizzuto always tells me that ‘risk is what transforms us’ and she’s so correct with […]

Gentle Reminders

I needed to see @jonicggiano writing her latest piece on her blog Inner Child, to remind me that there are some things that just don’t go away. It is too early on a Sunday morning to discuss these issues, but I will revisit it at some point when I have […]

Self-doubt: that cursed thing

Writer’s block is not my worst enemy. Unlike most writers, I have learnt to accept the days when my creativity is not on full power. So, for me writer’s block is a part of the process. What really kicks me in the backside, is self-doubt. Yes, those old, silent voices […]

Steppingstone to Cornerstone

I like writing in my journal. Not every single day, but at key moments when there is something worth chronicling for my memoirs. Yes, I do intend to write my memoirs one day as I believe everyone has a story worth telling. This weekend I was reading something I had […]

Baby Blues

Some time ago, I had the privilege of interviewing a wonderful young woman (Shannon Toledo) during her pregnancy. It was for an article to be featured in a magazine based in Australia. Diagnosed with Preeclampsia, and suffering from Perinatal Depression, Shannon exhibited the kind of fortitude that I witness in […]