Pomp and Circumstance

June is the month most Americans will experience some rite-of-passage ritual. There are weddings and graduations where we witness the lives of our friends and family change almost overnight. What’s also interesting is the problems and creative solutions these occasions present. After all, a huge section of our population is still struggling to be given the legal right to marry. Others don’t want to repeat the past and are looking for a new way to celebrate. [READ MORE]

Justifiable Homicide

Does anyone really wake up and utter “mwahahaha”? Life certainly would be easier if things were so cartoon-simple — but we know they aren’t. Perhaps Jean Renoir said it best when he stated, “The real hell of life is that everyone has his reasons.” [READ MORE]

My Plastic Ekphrastic Lover

February brings us Valentine’s Day, which got me thinking about first loves and love in general and how love isn’t necessarily about another person. We can be incredibly moved by the inanimate world around us. [READ MORE]

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or Saturnalia, how we celebrate the holidays (or choose not to) says a lot about who we are. A holiday setting is also a great way to let our readers know where and when a story’s taking place. What customs do the characters observe? What do the streets or vistas outside look like? What feasts will be prepared? And will the narrator get a chance to partake in the festivities – or just observe the satisfaction on the faces around her? [READ MORE]

Welcome to My Nightmare

It starts with spiders. Huge, hairy beasts that come out of magically expanding webs that catch my terrified little body. Later on, there is running through maze-like hallways of a generic school looking for a class for which I am eternally late. The decision to become an actress fuels the classic “actor’s nightmare”: finding myself onstage for a show where everyone but me knows their lines. What nightmares – and perfect topics for poetry or prose! [READ MORE]

Pareidolia

Holy tortillas, the man in the moon! We’ve all seen him. Pareidolia is the phenomenon of perceiving significant images in random objects. Some think it’s a part of our larger facial pattern recognition ability. Others write it off as simple anthropomorphism. [READ MORE]