[personal] My Mother Was Murdered — and That’s Why I Oppose the Death Penalty

The Department of Justice recently announced its intention to resume executions. I am appalled by this decision, and this is why. In 1986, my 70-year-old mother was asleep in her own bed when a teenaged neighbor broke into her home, … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 28: The Byzantine Monastery of Hosios Loukas

 Join Thor and me on our last day in Greece, as we providentially get lost and find ourselves at this beautifully serene monastery that has been active since the early 10th century. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Paradise by Chaz Brenchley

Paradise by Chaz Brenchley A miracle may cure cancer in one teenage boy, but can it cure a community…? They call it Paradise: an inner-city danger zone, starved of resources and starved of hope. Run-down housing, run-down lives. Then comes … Continue reading

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Revisiting Nightmares: Fantasy/Horror Crossovers and Trauma Recovery

Fantasy and horror have a natural affinity, one that goes back to the pre-literate times when people sat around the campfire, terrifying each other with stories of ghosts and skin-walkers and things-that-go-bump-in-the-night or that-are-not-quite-dead. Supernatural elements infused these tales with … Continue reading

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