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Love with Abandon.

My wife and I have had a few conversations with (4 year-old) Jacob lately about boundaries. He's always running over to strangers in the library, the grocery store, etc. and giving them a hug…and often a kiss (usually on the hand.) While most ladies find him sweet and charming and…

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Poetry Lab: Week Four

            This is our fourth Poetry Lab and the first time we focus on a single poem instead of the usual two. “Cordially Yours, Regards” from Pearl Dandy is a lengthier poem than most I have written and, honestly, is more of a rant than a…

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Poetry Lab: Week Three

            Greetings, all. For this Lab, we’ll take a look at Nautical Terms (and How Best to Love Them) and The Questions of Life Even the Dead Cannot Answer, both of which appear in my digital chapbook, “Pearl Dandy.” These poems face each other in the…

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Poetry Lab: Week Two

Today, we’ll take a look at two more pieces from Pearl Dandy, “Loretta” and “A Poem for Children.” Both pieces are a bit absurd and comedic. When I began to write poetry for what eventually became Pearl Dandy, I had gone quite a while without penning any poetry. For I…

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Poetry Lab: Week One

I sometimes think poetry is a mystic art. It is the conjuring of words and forms, meter and (sometimes) rhyme to transport—intellectually and emotionally if not, at times, spiritually—both poet and reader to another place where we can commune in some deeper understanding of one another. No matter the subject,…

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A Letter of Appreciation

To the offices of Psych: c/o Shawn Spencer (AKA Byron Bojengles III, Black, Shawn Ulfeninderheine, William Zane, Levon Tostig, Maniac Maniac 19, Shawn Spenstar, Ichabod “Sticky Icky” Fletchman, Hans Jorgenson, R. P. McMurphy, Skip, Juan Priestley, Emilio Estevez Esteevez, Hickory Pot, Sheriff Spencer, DJ Cold Cuts, Jacques Hockneystein, Mister Bob…

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How Great The Love of God!

Many of you know that I’ve taken up a hobby of late, exploring abstract art and mixed media pieces. Most of them are random and based more in feeling than conscious thought, but one recent piece was inspired by the line of a song. This particular song, written by Jen…

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Failure Truly Is An Option

                “Failure isn’t an option.”                 You’ve likely heard that line in a million movies, usually from the hero of the picture just before he leaves his allies behind to face alone the machinations of some overwhelming evil. Perhaps, within the context of a film, failure really isn’t an option….

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