Primavera | a short film

The storyteller narrates . his words speak a delicate Truth . Hope is wished for . a small joy is brought into his life . it awakens a feeling of connecting . optimism is hard to find in certain moments in life . this short film fills a moment full while listening to the words spoken so exquisitely. – j.kiley

Primavera . Sound James Rhodes

Re-blog: Escaping the Cult: A Former Anti-Marijuana Advocate Smokes Weed for the First Time

An insightful journey . making it finally to the experience of using cannabis or as I just realized it truly is cannabliss © jk [a must use word I plan on dropping frequently] . it is an exceptional experience . I started using pot when I was 19 . it was the awakening of my mind & soul & accentuated my creativity . my life felt like it came alive.

I tried LSD [loved except for paranoia] . Mushrooms [a definitely Spiritual esperience .  went so far as to read the entire ‘Bhagavad Gita’ while tripping on Mushrooms . even drove to McD for a food fix for my partner & self] .  Cocaine [don’t like speed] . [once used heroin . no needles] . [did nothing for me] . it was Cannabliss which led to my joining the world.

Suddenly in early 1990 I stopped abruptly using pot . alcohol . caffeine . & cigarettes . instead i turned to pharma meds . huge error [era of my life] . they fucked up my head . i stopped them abruptly when the last one kept making me faint when I would stand up.

Five (5) years ago now . my doctor filled out the papers necessary to get my first Medical Marijuana [Cannabliss] License . the best thing to happen to my life . it brought me back to life . not b/c of just the high . but for the medical treatments . too many to mention here.

I thank the writer for putting together this piece . i found it well thought out & inspiring. As many as possible should read what has been written. And take it to the end for the phenomenal conclusion . My reblog quote says it all. – j.kiley

(reblog quote)”A brilliant examination of beliefs as they grow & change & the effects they have on altering one’s way of looking at themselves & the world. A great & must read.” – j.kiley

By Unknown

(High Existence)

I hated marijuana my whole life, and I hated marijuana smokers.

Potheads. Stoners. Hippies. Burnouts. Junkies. Losers. Any mention of weed and I’d automatically conjure up these images — images of high schoolers lounging around their parents’ basements. Giggling and eating junk food. Doing absolutely nothing to improve themselves or the world around them.

At the time, I was Straight Edge, which meant I had a very hardcore set of beliefs. I was never going to drink alcohol. I was never going to try drugs. I even told myself I was never going to have premarital sex. (That’s hardcore!)

“No booze. No drugs. No sex.” That was my motto.

That was my shitty, shitty motto. I believed that simply trying any of those things would lead to abuse.

I believe everyone should find a belief system that works for them. If you’re happy…

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ROKU Trending Twitter Tweets | ‘Overheard’

I faithfully watch  Twitter everyday on ROKU with their Daily Trending Tweets. They alter as the day & night goes by . I believe I may be starting my own impromptu posting of one’s I find trendingly outstanding. The following is just one of ‘THE BEST OF THE DAY SO FAR’ . . . Good title. We’ll see. – j.kiley

Tweeted by Eve Beauregard @Eve_Beauregard

Overheard on the train: “Babies are just fine but they don’t stay babies and that freaks me out. Like dogs are like, *al-ways* dogs. Whenever.”

John Gardner On Life and Writing #17

Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers

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“I look down past the stars to a terrifying darkness. I seem to recognize the place, but it’s impossible. “Accident,” I whisper. I will fall. I seem to desire the fall, and though I fight it with all my will I know in advance I can’t win. Standing baffled, quaking with fear, three feet from the edge of a nightmare cliff, I find myself, incredibly, moving towards it. I look down, down, into bottomless blackness, feeling the dark power moving in me like an ocean current, some monster inside me, deep sea wonder, dread night monarch astir in his cave, moving me slowly to my voluntary tumble into death.”
― John Gardner, Grendel

Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose

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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away.  –  j.kiley

Weekly Writing Prompt #95

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
June 26th 2017 #95

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(5) Words: | SICK | BITTER | FIGHT | SMILE | FAME|

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement
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