How the Butterfly Effect Affects You

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Have you ever heard the theory of the butterfly effect? The theory holds that one flap of a butterfly’s wing can be one link in a chain of events that results in a hurricane a year later. Of course, there is no way to prove this takes place, but we do know that events are [...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Have you ever read a Chicken Soup for the Soul book? Chicken Soup for the Soul, a series of books started by Jack Canfield, now includes over 250 titles and has sold more than 110 million copies in the US and Canada alone. It’s been translated into 43 languages and published in over 100 countries. [...]

Flap Your Wings

Alcoholic

  Stopping the Cycle of Generational Alcoholism I was disgusted with my parents’ alcoholism. So this is how I handled it; I took drugs instead. It made total sense to me at the time. Drugs were clean. I could hide them more easily than my mother’s 5th of Vodka. I could take certain types and [...]

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart

Hi everyone, I want to say thank you for all who have stopped by this blog and have taken the time to read the story of my life and even leave comments. You have been so encouraging to me. I am taking this blog down (it will be up for another couple of months). I [...]

The Beginning of Sorrow

The thing about tragedies is that they catch you by surprise.  You get up in the morning and lazily eat breakfast as if you have all the time in the world.  You pick out something to wear (as if it mattered), and lackadaisically wander through the routine of a morning.  You think your meaningless thoughts, [...]

Making My Move

Michael the Archangel and I had finally found our way back to Los Angeles. His mother had allowed us to temporarily move in with her. She already shared the three-bedroom bungalow with her elderly mother, who had lost a leg lifting a car off of a six-year-old girl. We were supposedly saving money for our [...]

Spare Change?

A simple choice, really. Walk to the bottom of the hill, cross the street, and stick out my thumb to hitch south to Hermosa Beach, or keep trudging down the hill with my arm out towards the street, my thumb hooked forward, hoping some poor soul would be turning south at the bottom of the [...]

Looney Toons

Playing dress-up with my new hippie  friends was lots of fun and all that, but on the inside I was unraveling. Peace and love, along with rock and roll, just wasn’t cutting it for me.  It all seemed like a counterfeit for something else, something more authentic.  I just couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  [...]

In A Gadda Da Vida

I woke up to the sound of rain on the window.  I had cracked it open before I went to bed and the air filtering into my apartment was damp and smelled sweet.  I turned over and tugged the blanket up over my shoulders, attempting to recapture a dream.  But something felt wrong.  I was [...]

Child Bride

Despite the various and sundry crimes my fiancé perpetrated on unsuspecting friends and strangers, my parents caved in to the pressure by his parents to allow us to get married.  Apparently, being the more innocent one in the relationship afforded me a certain elevated status in the eyes of my fiancé’s parents. For them, if [...]