The Earth Remembers

It's a tight window, This duration of time. Three thousand or so years since the expanse of civilization. The Earth remembers… The time before; The quiet time near forgotten. She longs for a period of silence And of rest and peace. The…
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What I'm Afraid Of

What am I afraid of? Am I afraid of a virus that I don't understand, or truly know anything about? A virus, that should I contract, inhale, or ingest, may suck to have, but likely won't kill me? A virus I'll pass on to my wife and child,…
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Pandemic Pandemonium

Pandemic Pandemonium Written by John Andreula Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk You hear coughing up the aisle you’re walking down. It’s coming from the blonde woman a little ways up. You head down one of the adjacent aisles feeling…
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How to Create a Better World

Written by John Andreula Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk I remember being young and thinking the world was one messed up place. Discrimination, pollution, poverty and war were just some of what formed my pessimistic worldview. I contemplated…
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Getting Fired: The Best Thing I've Ever Done For Myself

A year and a half ago today I was fired from my job. It was the best thing I've ever done for myself. At the time, I worked as a service advisor for a car dealership. I was really good at what I did and was generously compensated for my abilities.…
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Moving On Minute 1-13-20: Changing Your Mind

How much distance is found between the fool and the genius? or. . . How much change is real, and how much is just in our head? Those of us that recognize our own inherent imperfections and strive for improvement are burdened with so much…
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Still Fat On The Inside

I used to be fat. In my opinion I weighed somewhere between thick and heavy. My max weight of 210 lbs on a five foot five inch frame indicated my body mass index was 34.9. The BMI stated I was obese. I was five points above overweight. But…
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Producing the Product of the Unproductive (A Poem)

Is it okay to take a break for one day, or one week, from this need to produce? Consistency pulls. It tells me that if I don't do this thing which I have arbitrarily told myself for so long makes me: 1. productive, 2. on the path to success, and 3.…
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Is something wrong with me? Do deviant thoughts make us crazy?

The human brain is an odd thing indeed. A quick internet search on the phrase how many thoughts per day reveals a number of "experts" stating that human beings have between 18,000 and 70,000 thoughts each time the Earth spins. Even at…
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My Bipolar Demon

At times I become lost. I ask myself What's the point of it all? During those times I want to just take a nap, or play some mindless video game. I wish I could then just fade away and disappear. But that's just my bipolar demon returning…
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Moving On Minute 7-7-19: Face Your Fears

What scares people? The fear of failure is high on the list. It's such a common fear that it has more than one term to describe it. Atychiphobia and Kakorraphiophobia are two of the names to choose from. What about speaking in front of…
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How Much Does The Thought Really Count?

It's the thought that counts. Is there another blatantly more misleading phrase in the English language? The phrase embodies the difference between saying and doing. If I want to help someone out, is it actually as important, or more…
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Greed, It's Not What People Really Want

Why is it that people want so much? People want bigger houses. They want stuff to fill their houses with. They desire an unnecessary abundance of food and clothing; much of which will spoil and inevitably get discarded as refuse. People…

Epitaph

I don't know where I'm headed, but I walk ahead sure I'm going somewhere. I walk toward the light. Onward toward the sound of laughter and good spirits. I leave all the negativity in my wake. I cannot predict how my story ends, but…
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Downsizing

In my thirty six years of existence I have taken so much. I have taken resources from our mother planet in such excess that forever will be well acquainted with my refuse. I have bought and traded and earned and stole and acquired countless…