Sparking My Own Evolution

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Sparking

Sparking
Location
OURS!
Birthday
October 31
Title
Traffic Negotiator
Company
Planet Earth
Bio
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars... *************************************** -Jack Kerouac ***************************************

MY RECENT POSTS

MAY 6, 2011 3:30PM

Get Well Soon Trilogy!

On Tuesday, our own dear Trilogy, was visiting the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley and fell and broke her femur bone!  Yikes!

She is tentatively due home from the hospital today.  The Skagit Valley is about two hours away from where we live and I know she would appreciate the… Read full post »

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APRIL 21, 2011 9:14AM

The Consciousness of Poverty

 

Poverty States

 

 

We sat in the understated office with the modestly-dressed receptionist giving us the occasional "yes, we know you're here" smile.

I found the office's shabbiness reassuring somehow.  When you go to a financial planner, you want to make sure they embrace conservativ… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2011 9:01AM

An Unearthing

My son likely lived about twenty minutes. 

I delivered him when I was sixteen, at thirty-three weeks gestation, on March 23, 1991, into the hands of insane, sadistic criminals.  Think Nazis - except make Hitler my father and Joseph Mengele his friends.  

After that, I proceeded… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2011 3:54PM

Words On The Page

I feel like I am having writer's block for my whole life. 

In my archives, I have a dozen drafts started about various subjects but nothing I can completely flush out and come to a logical conclusion about.  Right now, I don't know what a logical conclusion to most things… Read full post »

 

Serial Killer
 
Part I:  When People Find Out 

 

Are serial killers really like the B Movie actor-of-the-week hired to play them on TV? 

Well, it depends on the ratings. 

If the ratings were good, then "no."

~

This is a joke a close… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2011 1:20PM

Sarah the Narcissist

Sarah Palin's narcissism knows no bounds.  

Responding to the tragedy in Arizona, with representative Giffords (D-AZ) still clinging for life,  Sarah still finds a way to make a tragic situation even more baffling as she boldly claims that a "single evil man is wholly responsible" for what… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2011 5:17PM

Calming the Internal Storm

 Mouth Storm

 

 

My mouth yawns wide,

Interrupted by fleeting thoughts

On how I may verbally die.

 

Pause.

 

My mouth closes tight, 

Immune to executing you

And your dour rising.

 

Pause.

 

My mouth stretches thin,

Watching as the sun gleams

More than our burden… Read full post »

A little fun for the holiday.  I have certainly enjoyed getting to know some of you better through Facebook (God, I never thought I would be on there again), so I thought I would continue the fun here.

If you have a moment, do the oh-so-cheesy task of cutting and pasting… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2010 3:31AM

The Light is My Angel

Sparkling Light

 (Click Image for Source Credit)

It is odd having a head crammed full of memories of happier times of my childhood, especially against the backdrop of severe trauma memories that have surfaced  over time.  Don't you picture evil people being evil all the time? Isn't that what… Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2010 5:12PM

Why Not Serena?

multiple personality disorder image 

(Click Image for Source Credit) 

Recently I began writing down all the names I use for various purposes as I was beginning to confuse myself.  I have a name for Facebook, my company name, my online name, my Open Salon name, and of course, my "real" name.  I have to… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2010 4:31PM

We Caught the "Eye of the Storm" in the Mortgage Crisis

The Mortgage Crisis.  The Economic Crisis.  Is it a recession or depression?

Like many, my family has been hit hard during this economic climate.  What started out as a health crisis for me three years ago, due to the ravaging effects PTSD had on me physically from childhood trauma, tuRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 2:23PM

My Grungy 15 (With Cover Art)

I grew up in Seattle during the roots of the grunge music scene which influenced my musical choices for the rest of my life.  A child of the 80s, generation X'r, all the music I loved was rock.  I went from heavy metal, to grunge rock, with a small sprinking of… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 11:09AM

I Know Where the Body is Buried

She seems like any other office person; swift to answer my questions yet reserved to offer information.

"I'm here to see Detective M."  I say in my most confident voice.

"Do you have an appointment?" she asks.

"No."  I reply.

Her irritation is palatable through the Plexiglas… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2010 9:23PM

The Republican 8 Ball

 
8 ball
 
 
Above is a picture of the Mattel® Magic 8 ball which was developed in the 1940s.  While there have been many variations on the classic theme, I thought I would come up with my own variation of the original.
 
I have listed the original twenty&/… Read full post »

It's been almost a year since posting this piece.  As with time, comes more truth. I've always seen truth as something that expands; unfixed against the banality of stubbornness.  

I began my blog here because I felt there was something weighing on my spirit which I hoped to… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2010 10:24PM

For Me? It Started With A Slug...

As I've aged, the ethics of thriving as a living being on this planet have been raised in my consciousness ad nauseum.   The subject of eating meat has not been an exception to hopping a ride on the squirrel cage I sometimes refer to as my head.

I am not… Read full post »

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AUGUST 11, 2010 1:54PM

How Many Times I've Wanted to Pull A 'Slater'!

By now, I don't need to tell you who Steven Slater is.  Most probably even know his painful back story.  Many of us relate - who hasn't wanted to go off in someone's face with loads of righteous indignation to back us up?  Who hasn't wanted to quit at some point laboringRead full post »

AUGUST 8, 2010 7:02PM

The Truth Always Offends Someone

 truth and consequences

Why are we surprised when our personal truth offends someone?

I find that the truth stands alone.  Not that it is lonely; but that it has a universal quality which can be recognized once it is breathed in, settled down, and asked to stay for awhile.  And, the beautiful… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2010 5:00AM

A Toast to Things Made

 

Flower 2
 
 
When I decided to help my best girlfriend with the flowers for her wedding as a gift, I had never made an arrangement in my life.  That's how I do most things.  I bite off big chunks and then grind my way to the finish line hoping… Read full post »
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AUGUST 3, 2010 12:48PM

Killing 3 Birds With 1 Stone

Since the turn of the century, I've begun to think (hold on to your pants now) that our tried and true euphemisms need a 21st century makeover.  

I mean who has time to only Kill Two Birds with One Stone any more? Really - the lack of efficiency is criptonite… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2010 11:09AM

A Small Offering (w/ Updates)

 Awakening

 Google Images 

I woke up this morning  with my mind racing with a whirlwind of 'to do's' and 'what have you's' beating on my psyche.  Thoughts of peace, let alone gratitude, alluded me.  There is a lot on my plate right now which seems to be the… Read full post »

 
This post is dedicated to Amy - thank you for inspiring me to reach outside my comfort zone.  I hope Suzy is smiling.  
 

I am feeling rather dismayed with myself about a post I did yesterday.  It isn’t that it wasn't funny, or worth reading, I thinkRead full post »

JUNE 17, 2010 12:09PM

My Gay Playdate

"Come on in," she motioned opening up her home to my daughter Sunshine and I. 

We tromped into the sparsely decorated living room, took off our shoes, and I was immediately swept over to the bookcase where a picture of her giggly son Justin stood.

"Ahhhhh...this is so cute!"  Was… Read full post »

This post is dedicated to Scanner, a lover of beings, big and small. 

Happy Birthday my Friend!

*****

When Sunshine, our seven and three-quarter-year-old, started bugging us daily about a new pet, we had the perfect escape clause in the parenting contract, we have been in the process of… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2010 5:50PM

From the Ashes of Violence

 

Her head careened around in time to see the rubber-soled boot torpedoing toward her midsection, which flattened her out.  The dirt in her mouth tasted grimy yet safe, the earth now her ever-watchful mother.  Instinctively she knew to lie still as he kept his full body weight pressed/Read full post »