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The Fall of the Dog and the Treasures of Snow

Courtenay and Tinker

Poets say April is the cruellest month. This year I agree.

I promised my dog Tinker that someday we would run together through the silver grasses in the Summer Country. It couldn’t be heaven without her.

I didn’t know then that there would be no rest for me, eternal or otherwise, unless her weight was pressed against me. Most dogs are leapers... read more

Distance Learning:
A Father and Son in Spain

Monastery

Some simple math: According to Google Maps, it takes about eight hours and fifteen minutes to drive Route A-52, the main road from St. Jean Pied du Port, France, to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, roughly five hundred miles. If you wake, have coffee and perhaps a croissant, and head out by eight, you’ll be in Santiago just after four that afternoon. Maybe a few minutes later since you... read more

May 2017
Inspirational Quotation Edition

moon

Capricorn
(Dec 22- Jan 20)

“Shoot for the moon—even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars!” Even though the stars are not actually very close to the moon, this quotation is a great comfort, especially for those of us who are pretty sure we’re going to fail. It’s also a relief to know that we will suffocate long before we die from radiation poisoning or freeze to death in the vacuum of space... read more

Time and Time Again
by H. Beam Piper

spitfire silhouette

First published in Astounding Science Fiction in April 1947, this Cold War era tale opens with Captain Allan Hartley realizing that he is dying. He’s suffered through an atomic bomb blast, though thanks to the narcotic injects from the medics, he’s in little pain. He hears one of the corpsmen exclaim, recognizing him as an author of several books... read more

Black Friday Shopping Guide for Rebels: Cheap and Free Special 2016

Black Friday shopping

Do you have the heart of a revolutionary and the sharp eye of a bargain-hunter? Do you have a Che Guevara t-shirt, but feel like a sell-out wearing it to the mall? Is it possible to score big on Black Friday without becoming a materialistic pig and betraying your vision of peace, love and understanding for the world?

Yes, friend. If you want ...read more

Darkness, Light and the Primal Mother in the Modern World

Madonna

Was I so desperate to be loved? Was I so starved for the bonds of family that I would seek out captivity, and make myself a slave?

20 years ago, I quit my job as a phone psychic to go to America and marry a man I had met while travelling. My boss, the witch Kerry Kulkins, called me to say farewell. And, as witches are want to do, she said out of the blue, “It’s about time... read more

Mulla Nasruddin - 5

Früchtestilleben mit Sektkelch by Johann Wilhelm Preyer

Mulla Nasruddin lived far beyond his means, and his creditors were constantly hounding him. It had been going on for years, and after a while, the Mulla became so accustomed to it that it didn’t bother him anymore. He even began to enjoy the whole affair, and treated them with the highest grace and respect. One fine summer evening, a bill collector pounded on the door. “This is Mr. Smith again, Mulla!” he yelled ... read full story

When We Argue About Unraveling Glass

melting glaciers

You want panic? Let me show you/ the Maypole dance constructed/ underwater, where the tardigrades/ have resorted to glass instead/ of shotgun flames, the kind you love/ in old movies, in the older country./These outstretched songs are fierce,/ but not enough for you, singer, rock/ collector too good for lava stone, too/ whole for my cracked humming.

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Mapping the Multiverse: How Far to the Next Universe?

Flame Nebula

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe” (Lao Tzu). Trust in the universe. This is the best pasta in the universe! People mean different things when they say “universe.” What does “universe” really mean?

One common understanding is that the universe means the totality of existence—everything that stretches out from our own small eyes... read more

Simple Spells for Summer

Courtenay self potrait

My journey of a thousand miles actually began by sitting down.

I don’t remember a time before frantic. I am a blur between school and work, meals, miles and dishes. How many jobs, managers, phone calls? It would be so much easier if they could just plug me in to the matrix and be done with it. The mental effort required to adapt is exhausting. I have made smiling at strangers a habit, a warmer version of a nervous tick... read more

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