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Whelp, it was fun having a president who didn’t make me ashamed to be an American. I mean, look at what we’ve had to deal with just in my lifetime. Jimmy Carter was awesome, but treated badly due to his “soft” nature. See, when I was a kid, it was Democrats who said we should be a “Christian nation,” by which they meant feeding the poor and housing the homeless. Like many things between Republicans and Democrats, this has completely…

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The Annual Giving of Things

So, we had Xmas. It was also H’s birthday on the 20th. This means that at the Webster-Friday abode, there was much materialism, indulgence, and slothery. Why slothery? Because I made a commitment to watch #Arrow in its entirety, and I’m now about half-way through season three. Lots of shenanigans to be called on that show–but it’s still a fun watch. Apparently it takes a mere 5 years and a death in your family to become a world-class assassin. Unless…

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Racism: More than pointy hats and N-words

Like many of you, I have a family. And within that family, there are a wide range of people who believe things I think are patently batshit. My favorite Aunt told me she’d never vote Bernie because “he’s a socialist.” I have a cousin who swears the min wage shouldn’t be raised because it mostly applies to kids working part time, and that Citizens United is a “free speech” issue. I enjoy spirited debates when I encounter beliefs like that,…

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Another year another…you know, everything else.

September 6th is my mom’s birthday. It occurred to be recently that I tend to refer to mater in the past tense, even though she’s not dead. I wouldn’t even say she’s “dead to me,” because I don’t pretend she’s dead. I just talk to her slightly less often than I talk to (or toward, more like) people who actually are dead. There are plenty of dead people I think of as better, smarter, cooler, kinder, and less violent and…

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The Weird Name Family

Growing up with the name Wednesday sort of set me apart from other people. It made me seem weird, conspicuous, and different at a time when I wanted nothing more than to be invisible–one of the crowd. I switched schools a lot when I was younger. Once, in second grade, I asked to be called “Wendy” instead. For those of you who know me now, the idea that I’m a “Wendy” and not “Wednesday” is pretty fucking inconceivable. After a…

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So long, good lady!

Like most of us, I don’t normally answer my phone when I don’t recognize the number. But when it rang around 6:45 this evening, I figured it was either a telemarketer I could mess with, or an amusing wrong number. In fact, it was H’s Aunt Sherry, who I don’t think I’d ever talked to before. H’s grandmother, a lovely woman named Virginia (also a family name in my own family of origin) had died on Valentine’s Day. We hadn’t…

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Loot

I gave H a Kindle Fire for Christmas. Its low price allowed this to be the first time in 15 years together that I’ve bought H any electronics. However, I didn’t keep the secret very well. Five minutes after he opened it he went into his office and returned with a case. Me: “Oh, it came with a case? That’s awesome, I didn’t realize…”Him: “No, it didn’t.”Me: “But that’s a case right there.”Him: “I know. I wanted to make sure…

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Time Flies…

I was fully prepared to write about Kim Davis here today. But my Kim Davis stance turned out to be interesting enough that I’m selling it to one of the sites I write for. That means you’ll see it soon enough, just not here. Besides, I realized that this second week of September marks the 20 year anniversary of the last time I spoke to my mother–outside of the screamed conversations that happen when I’m alone. Ha! No, really… I’m…

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The Inexcusability of Lies (a Rachel Dolezal opinion)

I wasn’t going to weigh in on Rachel Dolezal in any sort of public way. As a white chick, I don’t feel like the issue in general is any of my business. But I also don’t feel like all the hate ascribed to her motives is okay. I’m hearing people say she lied to “steal a job that should have gone to a person of color,” and that she, “engaged in cultural appropriation in order to obtain privilege she didn’t…

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Site Launch, and doing stuff

The new site for The Horror Within is almost ready. Now that the foundation has been laid, it’s just a matter of adding final graphics and organizing everything the way it needs to be. Then getting all the staff accounts ready. Oh, and I’ll need some fiction to share with readers. Sad times, because I can’t pay anyone yet. We’ll be accepting reprints and actively seeking new authors. Plus I want to have novel chapters and interviews with up and…

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