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Last Words of a Wordsmith

Words, spoken truthfully, carry weight.  Words, set in writing,  go the distance,  geographically and chronologically, with repeated visual visits until they are embedded in deep corners of memory. Ah. Words. Carriers of essence– more than sound, more than print. Within their utterance they become a change. Within their syllables they spin history. Within the space […]

At the Crossroads, a Clue

At the Crossroads, a Clue

It was 2:00 a.m., Abu Dhabi time. The airport was deserted. A man with beautiful blue-black skin and thick curly hair beckoned to her on the other side of the glass as he waved some documents. Annabel hesitated but approached upon noticing the familiar hotel logo on the documents.  She was exhausted from the long […]

What’s Your Center?

What’s Your Center?

Nicholas St. North (better known as Santa Claus) asked Jack Frost that very question in the Rise of the Guardians, the 2012 animated children’s movie that touched the hearts of even the most jaded adults. In that scene, Nicholas hands Jack a matryoshka doll representing him (Nicholas).  He instructs Jack to open the doll, layer […]

Two Degrees from Pope Francis

Two Degrees from Pope Francis

About a Boy There’s this boy I’ve been seeing one afternoon a week. It’s not exactly a secret but not many people know about it.  Once a week, I drop what I usually do–organizing schedules, planning stuff, and chauffeuring or stringing words and stories on the computer screen or on the pages of my mind […]

Mother Tongue, Native Speaker, and Assorted Assumptions

Mother Tongue, Native Speaker, and Assorted Assumptions

One job description stood out on the online job board for writers.  The post was long but promising, and I continued reading until the last lines. “Write the word ‘pineapple’ at the start of your application so I know you’ve read it through.” “Only native speakers from North America can apply.” And then, in all […]

Words as Lyrics bring a Soul Fix

Words as Lyrics bring a Soul Fix

The coliseum is filled to the rafters, 16,000 voices singing along to the performers onstage –  just a duo. No big strings, no booming percussions, no breathtaking sax.   Yet the whole place is vibrating with sound and movement as the audience claps and sways in rhythm to the beat of percussionist Toca Rivera. Next to […]

Your Words are a Wizard’s Wand

Your Words are a Wizard’s Wand

  It’s happened too frequently and consistently for it to be coincidence.  It’s pretty much a universal law. Where you put attention best,       That will surely manifest.  If it’s negative, alas!      That is what will come to pass.   Skeptical, are you? Therein lies the problem. You want proof, that’s […]