Hit Happens

Here’s a story about six young people from not so long ago who lived in a town called Freeport. Paul Henry was 12 years-old, a dreamy, quick-footed kid from a large family of all sisters and no father. He was walking home one evening in October from a friend’s house. It was dark already, the trees bare, the streets shiny black from the cold drizzle and swept clean by the

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Deep Red, Chapter Twenty-Four

May 13, 1915: Our plans to close down Haven and end the Counsel have failed. Walker and my grandmother, Constance, are both dead, and I am in hiding. I put this to paper so that I may have something to send to my daughter and granddaughter some day. They must not believe that I abandoned my Otherworld brothers and sisters in order to save myself. I ran when I saw

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A Greeting to Exhibit A Readers from Jerome Parent

Dear readers: This is my second official Exhibit A column even though I have published other works here previously. I’d like to use it to introduce myself beyond the brief bio that is on the site. And I’d like to articulate what I’d like to do for you, the reader. You are bombarded with media on a daily basis that is filled with lies, deceptions, and manipulations. And if all

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A Sonnet of Mind and Body

The mind and body don’t always agree On who should control all, or at least most, Of one network. The mind says thought is free, But the body remains a jealous host. Without guidance, the body will just sleep And gorge and fantasize at the expense Of exercise—the stirring of our deep Desires is often only decadence. So, sometimes the mind needs to crack the whip And firmly bend the

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Ten Reasons to Moderate Your Use of Digital Platforms

A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey breaks down the average American’s day as follows: 9.54 hours on personal care activities like sleeping, grooming, and health-related self care 5.26 hours on leisure and sports 3.46 hours working or doing work-related activities 1.78 hours on household activities like lawn care, food preparation, housework, vehicle maintenance, etc. 1.23 hours per day eating and drinking .75 hours purchasing goods and

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