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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #136 — The Circus of Right

Reena, I have taken your poem apart and did a statement and response with it. Would I care to be right? If life was not finite Life is infinite. So is death. It's an eternally revolving door. If I’d the luxury of eternity to let it be naturally proved that I’ve always been right… When… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #136 — The Circus of Right

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #135 — Listen Twice

I'm about halfway through Chuck Palahniuk's new book, “Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything was Different,” and the prompt phrase today reminds me of something Chuck says in it. In the section, Establishing Authority: Your Storytelling Context, he says, Context and source are more important now than they’ve ever been. So… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #135 — Listen Twice

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #134 — Happy Home

A happy home A fuzzy nest A comfy place Where one can rest It makes me smile To know we're there As love has perched Eternal fair Delicate yet Tough are the blooms Whose fragrance touch Each of the rooms We have no fear As when we said Forevermore Our love we pledged. Our bond… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #134 — Happy Home

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #132 — Fear is the mind-killer

The first tale I thought of for Reena's prompt today comes from a book I read so many years ago, "Dune," by Frank Herbert.  Youtube is a marvelous treasure-trove on any topic, so I went looking to see if I could find where someone recited the passage that has stuck in my mind and become… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #132 — Fear is the mind-killer

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #131 — Virus

The masses were clamoring to lift the lock-down, encouraged by a loudmouth elite. Safe in his gated community, he went as far as promoting a naked love-in on the lawns of capitol buildings across the country just to show there was nothing to fear from the bogey of the virus. Most of the naked protestors… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #131 — Virus

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #130 — Same as it ever was

Once in a Lifetime made me think of the song by Talking Heads with that for the title. The lyrics in the song examine a person's life through the choices and their responses to those choices. The song could be a template, where you could customize it with the experiences you've had based on your… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #130 — Same as it ever was

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #129 — addiction and the hero’s journey

Addiction and habit are shades cut from the same cloth. The brain in my brain is like a malleable lump of grey clay and thoughts form depressions in the clay that makes it easier for the same thoughts to roll along. When there is a habit, of thought or deed, it easily rolls along those… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #129 — addiction and the hero’s journey

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #128

War is hell. You can’t photograph a flying bullet, but you can capture genuine fear. When I read this, an image of a cat toying with a mouse comes to mind. Especially when there is a power imbalance, it is easy to instill genuine fear between the parties. Who is it who said that it… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #128

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #127

“There's an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It's when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke   When love has ended Each night's dreamed beginning is blessed deja… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #127

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #126 — Isolation

An oak tree, alone on a hill, may grow big and strong, but when gale-force winds descend, it may topple down. An oak forest, where trunks stand side by side, limb to limb, feet entwined with each other's, will long endure. Oak trees do not choose where they grow. Fate chooses where the acorn finds… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #126 — Isolation