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127 Extracted Words – The Tease

March 2022

 

 

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from an essay in progress.

I am currently exploring Salish, the native language of many of the indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. I am not attempting to master the language. Hardly. I can only speak a handful of words, mostly the names of animals. But in learning these new words, it is evident how closely connected Salish is to observation and experience in the natural world. Possibilities springing from the etymology of the language fascinate me.

For instance, the word uknaqin, seeing over the top. Or sxWy?itp, sharp pointed trees. I wonder what shared experience of early North Amercans inspired the development of these terms.

And yes, I can see how this new interest will demand that I re-learn how to insert special characters on WordPress.

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101 Extracted Words – The Tease

February 2022

 

 

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from a war in progress.

Last month’s tease was inspired by thoughts on dreams. This month’s tease was conjured from a nightmare, one the whole world is now participating in. When Czar Putin put his nuclear forces on high alert, he made the entire world Ukranian. We are all on the front lines now, whether we choose to be or not.

I have many [internet] friends from Ukraine. You will see them represented in numerous editions of my year-end wrap up, Around the World Without Leaving My Blog. I hope they are all still safe and well. Hoping is all I can do.

Courage friends.

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135 Extracted Words – The Tease

January 2022

 

 

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from an essay in progress.

Dreams have a logic all their own. They possess their own timeline, history, participants. Switching from awake reality to dream reality means accepting that what we know isn’t true actually is true. Things that never happened have always happened. People that have passed are still alive and vice versa. And your thoughts are no longer musings in your head but the canvas on which your real time fantasy plays out. Does your dream-self have thoughts when you are dreaming? And if so, is that actually you thinking outside of your dream. Is it even possible to have thoughts inside your dream? And if not, would that make dreaming the ultimate mindfullness, where it’s not even possible to have interference from a random thought? I can’t remember ever dreaming that I was thinking, can you?

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119 Extracted Words – The Tease April 2021

April 2021

I write short fiction, flash fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from an essay in progress.

What is wrong with the human animal. We are at the top of the heap. No animal has access to the resources we do, and yet, it just isn’t enough. We are literally burning up our planet with desire, the pursuit of happiness. But we’ll never have it. We push pill after pill down our throats and up our a**** and we’re no more satisfied for the effort. One out of six of us are on antidepressants, and four of the other five are on depressants (alcohol). I’m not passing judgment on the use of these substances, doing so would make me a gigantic hypocrite. But I am posing the question, to myself as well as others, why is it we have so much and enjoy it so little?

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37 Extracted Words – The Tease – July 2018

July 2018

I write flash fiction, non-fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from an essay in progress.

A writer knows as well as anyone, sometimes words just aren’t enough. A photographer sees so much more than what can be captured with a device. Life must encompass more than what we think we are experiencing.

 

 

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91 Extracted Words – The Tease – November 2016

November 2016

I write flash fiction, non-fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from a non-fiction piece.

Under murky skies, on a labyrinth of trails laced between boulders, bogs and the West Branch of the Little Spokane River, one can explore the DNR land southeast of Horseshoe Lake. In Autumn, tamaracks light the way, flaunting their acid-yellow diversity against a chalkboard of evergreens. Cross paths with white-tailed deer or dusky grouse, thumping their escape through the misty forest. Discover a beaver pond, complete with lodge, built by the flat-tailed woodland engineers.

 

 

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