Leif Erickson

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Title: Child Bear **Author’s note: It’s hard to write a single-page story that covers all the essential short story elements. I don’t know that I succeeded here, but it was fun to write.** Fur. Fur everywhere. Fur in the mouth. Brian scooped and parted hay, scooped some more. The ring must be here somewhere. The

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One fine day with no one home, Consciousness possessed our rotary phone. ‘Twas surely a number of years ago, ‘Cause phones are electric now, you know. And no bleepy-bloopy smarty cell Has an old tin can’s chance in hell Of handling the otherworldly experience Of bein’ possessed by thought and sense. But all afternoon while

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We’re a couple of bent paper clips, Friction at our bendy tips. Made to clasp and grasp and fuse, Meant to wed intent to muse. Bend me, twist you, intertwine — We paper clips think bending’s fine.

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Someone asked me today for the rules* for writing limericks, so I decided to respond in limerick form: Limericks are five lines long, Shorter than most of our songs. Lines 5, 1, and 2 Rhyme, and so do The middle two lines (if not wrong!).     NOTE: This meta-limerick does not address the rhythm

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Writing is an evolving process, even as you do it. It evolves beneath your fingers as you type. A writer should not resist this. Allow your writing to change and contradict itself temporarily so you can learn from the contradictions. Even messy things like contradicting yourself can help you understand your thought processes more thoroughly. The value in this kind

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Hysteria solves nothing but just creates confusion. Hate quickly degenerates into a self-gobbling whirlpool of repeated grievances that feel new and righteous, but misses important things because it can’t see past the red. Rushing headlong into action before fully understanding the variables is just another form of hesitation, and hesitation is nearly always fatal. Studied, deliberate action

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Don’t buy into or participate in the cynical, dark version of humanity that this president ran on.   When you strike out against or hate your fellow humans because you disagree with them, you are tacitly buying into his opportunistic rhetoric.   If you’re not into respecting your fellow humans as a thing unto itself,

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Notice that even though the campaign is over, Trump supporters STILL feel the need to bring up Obama and Hillary when anyone calls out Trump or his frightening team of half-wits and robber barons. After all, what else can they do? After putting 98% of their principles and beliefs on hold so they could do

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I am worried and angry about this shape-shifter being sworn in today, who regularly and without apology violates or ignores every important human-centric tenet we have all heretofore claimed to value and treasure.   I do not care to apologize for this viewpoint, which I consider sane and obvious. You may call it whining or