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    I Chose To Walk Barefoot Through The Settled Stardust

    In my younger years, I spent many summer evenings lying down in the grass watching the stars above. I knew many of their stories, but even then I dreamed of finding more. Now I find myself with my bare feet planted firmly on top of the planet’s most glittering expanse — the skin of the Earth itself, a stardust serenade playing softly in my ears and the grass tickling my toes, just like it did all those years ago. In my life, I chose to walk through the settled stardust, though in my mind, I live in a world of fantasies, surrounded by the possibilities and the beauty of what…

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    The Extraordinary Life Of Emma Hamilton

    Emma Hamilton, born Amy Lyon on April 26, 1765 in a small town near Manchester, England. She was the daughter of James and Mary Lyon, a blacksmith who moved to London in the early years of her life. She went on to live an extraordinary life and has become the stuff of legend, with her most notable achievement being one she never actually did—saving the life of Lord Horatio Nelson from the Battle of Trafalgar by taking off his coat and wrapping it around his fatally injured body so that he would survive long enough to be brought back to England. Amy helped her family by looking after her younger…

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    I’ve Lived My Life As A Prelude To A Mystery

    September 21, 2022 I’ve lived my life as a prelude to a mystery, and the only clues I have are the feelings that are evoked in my heart by what I know about it so far. I’ve wondered whether or not things in my life were ever what they appeared to be, and even today, I still have my own doubts. Maybe it was never supposed to happen, but it’s here now, and here I will stand, forevermore because of what I’ve created out of sheer will, determination, and love. I woke like a creature of the waiting sun; another sleepless night. I climbed out of bed and stumbled into…

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    These Dreams

    We all have dreams and aspirations that we keep close to our hearts, but most of us change those dreams as we age and enter new phases in life. However, many people remain relatively unaware of the stark difference between their childhood dreams and the ones they currently hold dear. It’s important to review your dreams from time to time in order to adjust them accordingly and make sure you’re on track with accomplishing your goals in life. Here’s how my own dreams changed over the course of my lifetime. When I was a little girl, I would dream of how life might be. In my dreams, everything was just…

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    The Lost Girl Was Meant To Be Found

    The lost girl was meant to be found, for she herself holds precious and wondrous things the world has yet to see. She was born with raindrops in her eyes, but like broken china, she cries until all that’s left are fissures of light. Happy! The word slipped out the moment I awoke, before I could help myself. I wake up each morning, hearing the birds sing and the echoes of sighing angels, and perhaps it’s not where I belong, the beauty of my new surroundings have me watching, listening, and learning. With time, the past feels like nothing more than a lost memory, as I learn to adapt to…

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    Summer Nights And Electric Twilight

    What makes you feel alive? What makes you feel like you’re vibrating in tune with the universe? I personally associate these sensations with warm summer nights and gorgeous electric twilight. But, why are they so important to our sense of well-being? Is it purely nostalgia, or does this phenomenon have an objective basis? Electric twilight is more intense than your average sunset. You can’t describe the sensation of twilight in terms of light. So, what is it about that time of day that makes us feel so passionate? The answer lies not with our sight but rather with our moods, in particular, how an electric twilight can pull out deep…

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    Today Is The Day I Quit Social Media

    Today was the day I quit social media for good. There are many reasons why I decided to quit, but I am most excited about all of the benefits that come with it. The first thing I noticed today was how much time I had and how much more productive I felt during my day! Social media hasn’t just taken away precious hours of my time, but it’s also distracted me from what I could get done during the day. At the end of the day, social media just led me to be less productive as well as less happy overall in my daily life. Social media can have a…

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    Excessive Religiosity In America Is A Threat To The Separation Of Church And State

    We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief. Nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief. At the same time as our constitution prohibits state religion, establishment of it protects the free exercise of all religions. And walking this fine line requires government to be strictly neutral. Ronald Reagan Religious freedom in America has allowed the nation to become one of the most religiously…

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    The Sarah McLachlan Effect: Why I Almost Named My Website After A Song

    The first time I heard Sarah McLachlan’s Building A Mystery, it felt like my life was being reflected back at me through song. The chorus sums up the experiences of my young adult life at the time: I had no idea where I was going or how to get there, but I knew that with each moment and experience, I was building something solid and real within myself that would prepare me for what comes next. My website on Tripod was originally titled Building A Mystery, after the Sarah McLachlan song. Building A Mystery was my first choice when it came to deciding what my website should be named. I…

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    True Writers Never Stop Being Rebels

    “The writer who is a real writer is a rebel who never stops.” William Saroyan In the literary world, there are many rules, regulations, and guidelines to writing properly and following traditional formats and styles of writing. But true writers don’t follow these rules—they break them, they bend them, they do whatever they want to do in order to write the most creative stories they can think up. True writers never stop being rebels; they break free from all norms and structures so that their story can be told with the most powerful voice possible. My success was the direct result of fearless rebellion against common norms and traditional structures…