The Sum And Total Of Now
2 days ago
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bookmania:

The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition has returned for its third year.
To continue its literary history, The London Magazine is constantly looking for new voices. Our competitions provide emerging literary talent with an opportunity for publication and distinguished recognition. The London Magazine is looking for unpublished short stories under 4,000 words from writers across the world.
To know more about the competition, head on to this link for full contest details!

bookmania:

The London Magazine’s Short Story Competition has returned for its third year.

To continue its literary history, The London Magazine is constantly looking for new voices. Our competitions provide emerging literary talent with an opportunity for publication and distinguished recognition. The London Magazine is looking for unpublished short stories under 4,000 words from writers across the world.

To know more about the competition, head on to this link for full contest details!

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3 days ago
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randyliedtke:

Lost DVDs

randyliedtke:

Lost DVDs

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4 days ago
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Homecoming

Tonight we took the girls to the homecoming football game and despite the home team’s score, we had a grand time. It’s Fall already, but the evening was incongruously warm and the mosquitoes were out in drives. Seats were hard to come by but eventually a few empty bleacher seats became available. We settled in and our oldest happily munched popcorn, while her baby sister took in the surroundings. Young children screamed and galavanted along the fence line, consistently blocking our view, and I was torn. On the one hand, they’re just kids having a good time, but on the other, I couldn’t help but thinking, “Where the shit are these kids’ parents and why aren’t they controlling them?” I think back to the Louis CK bit where he talks about how he likes his kids but doesn’t generally care for other children. There’s validity in that statement. I love my girls but other children annoy me and there behavior feels insufferable. I don’t know how many more football games we will make it to this season, but as the girls get older I know that Friday evenings will be spent the local stadium.

1 week ago
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sagaciousefflundancy:

THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS

One day Solomon decided to humble Benaiah ben Yehoyada, his most trusted minister. He said to him, “Benaiah, there is a certain ring that I want you to bring to me. I wish to wear it for Sukkot which gives you six months to find it.”

"If it exists anywhere on earth, your majesty," replied Benaiah, "I will find it and bring it to you, but what makes the ring so special?"

"It has magic powers," answered the king. "If a happy man looks at it, he becomes sad, and if a sad man looks at it, he becomes happy." Solomon knew that no such ring existed in the world, but he wished to give his minister a little taste of humility.

Spring passed and then summer, and still Benaiah had no idea where he could find the ring. On the night before Sukkot, he decided to take a walk in one of he poorest quarters of Jerusalem. He passed by a merchant who had begun to set out the day’s wares on a shabby carpet. “Have you by any chance heard of a magic ring that makes the happy wearer forget his joy and the broken-hearted wearer forget his sorrows?” asked Benaiah.

He watched the old man take a plain gold ring from his carpet and engrave something on it. When Benaiah read the words on the ring, his face broke out in a wide smile.

That night the entire city welcomed in the holiday of Sukkot with great festivity. “Well, my friend,” said Solomon, “have you found what I sent you after?” All the ministers laughed and Solomon himself smiled.

To everyone’s surprise, Benaiah held up a small gold ring and declared, “Here it is, your majesty!” As soon as Solomon read the inscription, the smile vanished from his face. The jeweler had written three Hebrew letters on the gold band: gimel, zayin, yud, which began the words “Gam zeh ya’avor” — “This too shall pass.”

At that moment Solomon realized that all his wisdom and fabulous wealth and tremendous power were but fleeting things, for one day he would be nothing but dust.

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2 weeks ago
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sticksstonesandherringbones:

IT CAME FROM LAKE WOBEGON…
Garrison Keillor, with tentacles for arms, as imagined by John Hodgman (and company) in this podcast.

EPIC!

sticksstonesandherringbones:

IT CAME FROM LAKE WOBEGON…

Garrison Keillor, with tentacles for arms, as imagined by John Hodgman (and company) in this podcast.

EPIC!

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3 weeks ago
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If some one wrongs you, cheats, misuses or insults you, let it pass as one of the lessons you had to learn, but do not imagine that you are selected by fate for only such lessons. Keep wholesome, hopeful and sympathetic with the world at large, whatever individuals may do. Expect life to use you better every year, and it will not disappoint you in the long run. For life is what we make it. »Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Heart of the New Thought (via bookmania)

Great outlook! Our experiences creating meaning for our lives. The meaning we make tends to determine the path that unfolds before us.

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4 weeks ago
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It Begins!

School starts back up tomorrow and I’m filled with both excitement and dread. It’s nice to be able to start over, introduce new elements to the curriculum, tweak stuff that worked, lose what didn’t. At the same time, I have a rough idea of what I’m teaching throughout the year and it’s daunting to see the next nine months laid out like that. I always have this fear that I’m going to mess it up somehow. As much as teachers are scrutinized by the public, I think we scrutinize ourselves much more harshly and regularly. I want to do a good job and get the students interested. And for the students who by 9th grade have already decided they don’t care about school, well, I just want to get them to try. I’m tired. I’m going to read and then go to bed. In the immortal words of Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss”. Goodnight folks.

-Gus

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brianmichaelbendis:

Big Trouble in Little China by Tony Moore

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1 month ago
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harpercollinschildrens:

A friendly reminder.
Illustrated by Booki Vivat

Truth

harpercollinschildrens:

A friendly reminder.

Illustrated by Booki Vivat

Truth

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1 month ago
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Cheat Day!

Saturday is my “cheat day” on the slow carb diet outlined in Tim Ferris’ “4 Hour Body”. Trying a new church in the morning, so the alarm will sound early. Lots of delicious food today. Eggs, hash browns, and biscuits for breakfast, usual combo of beans, veggies, and chicken for lunch, and Peanut Sesame Noodles for dinner. My wife and daughter made chocolate & peanut butter chip cookies for a treat. This program is working out well. Seeing positive results. Didn’t do any writing today. Working through my third short story. Watching Bojack Horseman. I should get to sleep. Enjoying Fixed Gear Red American Ale. Goodnight.

-Gus

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