Category Archives: Writing

We Wear the Mask

We wear the mask NB: If the video fails to launch please click here. We wear the mask that grins and lies. It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes. This debt we pay to human guile With torn and … Continue reading

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The Writing Life

The Writing Life is a wonderful short video essay about the demands and rewards that come with the pursuit of writing as a vocation. The video is told through the films of Wes Anderson featuring clips from Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, … Continue reading

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Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day

Film studio “Animācijas Brigāde” is a stop motion puppet animation film studio, producing puppet films and commercials. Working in classic stop motion technique, the Riga-based studio was founded in 1966 by a puppet film and theater director Arnolds Burovs and since … Continue reading

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“Actually” by Joy Williams from 99 Stories of God The child wanted to name the rabbit Actually, and could not be dissuaded from this. It was the first time one of our pets was named after an adverb. It made us … Continue reading

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like a shadow or a friend

KINDNESS by Naomi Shihab Nye Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully … Continue reading

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Fat-Headed Censors

You would have to have been living under a basket to avoid the recent brouhaha over the re-editing of classic books by so-called sensitivity readers and editors. Here in the Colonies we’ve been through this with the books of Dr. … Continue reading

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Your Brain on Reading

How humans process and learn from written words. 1 Located in the parietal lobe, the angular gyrus facilitates communication between different parts of the brain, permitting humans to simultaneously recognize, understand, and remember words on a page. 2  The fusiform gyrus is important in … Continue reading

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The good news is that you are alive

“The Good News” by Thich Nhat Hanh They don’t publish the good news. The good news is published by us. We have a special edition every moment, and we need you to read it. The good news is that you … Continue reading

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Does English Need New Punctuation

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find that written English communication lacks the exact punction marks to clearly express tone, meaning, or emotion. Well, I was glad to discover that the Progressive Punctuation movement is addressing the problem. According to … Continue reading

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A screaming comes across the sky

A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now. It is too late. The Evacuation still proceeds, but it’s all theatre. There are no lights inside the cars. No light … Continue reading

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