Tag Eric Stephenson

The Good Old Days

They were both up before dawn and doing chores in the cool silence. Kyle headed over to the hen house to get some eggs and shore up some chicken wire. Evelyn went to the barn to check on the livestock. She milked their two cows while she was there. They returned to the cabin and placed the eggs and milk on the kitchen table, then visited the greenhouse, which was

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Outside

They listened to the wind through the branches, wrapped arm in arm, alone and complete. Beyond the walls of the small weathered house, night creatures foraged for anything they could find, invisible owners of the desolate plains.

Back in the World

Gina sat alone at a patio table of a restaurant with a book in her hands and watched a small fire truck and ambulance pull up a half a block away. A group of emergency responders entered the front door of a small business. Within a few minutes, they rolled an unconscious woman out on a gurney, placed her in the back of the ambulance, and drove off. Gina sipped

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Interjection

Cold as a dry cube of ice sticking to my tongue, your eyes freeze me in suspended animation, a harsh interjection when all I wanted was a pretty lie,  not the naked truth.

Ten Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be defined as giving complete attention to your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment in the immediate present while maintaining a non-judgmental focus. The process of becoming more mindful doesn’t have to be complicated. Paying attention to your breathing, noticing the sights, sounds, and smells around you, and focusing on tactile sensations can help you realize that thoughts and emotions are evanescent. They don’t define you. Following

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On Why We Are Willing to Die

The other day, New York Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams told a group of Jets fans, “If I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field.” In response, Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett tweeted, “Look football is great but I ain’t dying for this shit. Lol.” This begs the question of why so many people glorify the early exit. They’ll die for country, family,

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