Cultural Appropriation

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What is Cultural Appropriation? The term Cultural Appropriation has become more prevalent in the past decade, but what does it mean?  Cultural Appropriation is the adoption of an element or elements of one culture by another culture or identity.  So for example, certain styles of dancing, changing religious or spiritual beliefs, wearing certain hairstyles, or dressing in clothing from another country can lead to …

Brain Waves

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The brain is a fascinating and complicated organ. Thoughts Warrior has been quiet for a while as I have been going through diagnosis and treatment for a concussion. A beautiful day and planned photoshoot turned into a day of tangled metal and tangled brain. Back story events: It was a beautiful sunny day last month and we decided to track down and capture a …

matthew's fiat


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In the summer of 1990, my brother-in-law, Matthew came to stay at his parents house for what he knew would be his final summer. Matthew had been battling AIDS, then so new, and with so much stigma back then. He had missed our wedding the summer before with “food poisoning”, but he wanted to be home that summer. He had the hope of hanging …


The Eulogy

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Written for my sister in December 2017. Since Brian asked me to do a Eulogy, I have tried several times over the past few days to write this.  For once in my life, I found myself with writer’s block and at a loss for words.  How do you sum up a person’s life in a few short paragraphs? In our early years, Donna was …

truest love poem

Truest Love

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When the waves of the ocean crash on the shore, I long the feel of your touch once more. The gentle cooing of a dove, Reminds me of your peace, your love. This beating heart shall never rest, Since God has given us love to test. Walking together with weary feet, We were destined for our souls to meet. A love that many often …

poem for mom

Poem For Mom

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For my (Step-)Mom March 13, 2013. As the day broke thru to dawn, You drew your last breath and were gone. One month ago today, Angels took you away. Our hearts they still do break, And the pain we feel still aches. Memories swim in our heads, Remembering the words hat you said. Your hopes and wishes for the one you love, Will always …

Missing You

Missing You

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When the rain touches your face It’s my gentle kisses When the sun warms you It’s my arms embracing you When the breeze rustles your hair It’s my laughter When you miss me Just go outside And I’ll be there

The Challenge

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A couple days ago I issued a challenge:  David was to take photos and I was to write about them. So here goes: In our daily lives we often go about our business of work, school, family.  We are inundated with news of hatred and fear. Our lives constantly being bombarded with projects, deadlines, rushing to activities with our children, we often let the …

the creators

The Creators

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A writer with the ability to convey emotion in words; to move an artist is beautiful, However, the artist who can capture visual emotion and leave a writer at a loss for words is incredibly powerful. Working and coming together, they can relay the beauty and wonder in the world, to those who do not see it.

stone house

Building A Home

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To Build A Home The Cinematic Orchestra There is a house built out of stoneWooden floors, walls, and window sillsTables and chairs are worn by all the dustThis is a place where I don’t feel aloneThis is a place where I feel at home. ‘Cause I built a homeFor youFor me Until it disappearedFrom meFrom youAnd now it’s time to leave and turn to …

girl quarantined looking out window

Peace Amid Chaos

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Chaos awakens Overnight my office was thrown into chaos.  Inspections need to be stopped, mass mailings daily to over 900 providers keeping them informed of what was going on, safety precautions, lockdowns.  We were broken up.  Our nurses went to help at public health answering panicked calls.  Our life safety inspectors were sent to the Dept of Safety, National Guard, overseeing the set up …

couple love sunset beach

Stolen Kiss

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The lapping of the tide, Rolling of the blue-white waves, Stirring deep inside.   A longing warm embrace, He brushed back her silk hair, Leaning into her face.   Kissing with passion, Their tongues making soft, sweet love. Lost for all reasons.   Bodies pressed tight, Melting together with heat, In the cool, dark night.

where is the peaceful majority

Where Is The Peaceful Majority?

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In 2014. The Heritage Foundation hosted a Benghazi panel to discuss is the American Government had failed to protect the Ambassador and Americans in Benghazi. A young female Muslim student stood up to speak and said “how can we fight an ideological war with weapons”. Bridgette Gabriel spoke and said “There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, 180-300 million are dedicated to the …