Challenged

The words don't come easily. The press misrepresents PTSD. Yes, most likely, injection of the acronym PTSD immediately reduces a reader's opinion of my credibility. Yes, some stimuli that evoke nothing in others may trigger a flashback, a distracting backscape of the mind. A flashback typically does not engulf a person. Instead, it distracts, it … Continue reading Challenged

Gnothi Seauton

Summers, escaping the heat of our somewhat Southern city, I descended to the dim, parquet-floored family room of our suburban split-level. The cool air settled there. Beneath the chandelier Dad and I designed, perched on a stool at the squat teak and marble Chinese coffee table, I wandered page by page through the Unabridged Webster's … Continue reading Gnothi Seauton

Perspectives on perception

Forgive me, my friends-- creative folk make allegory chatting with Muses of yore. So, I too tonight, sheltering beneath their cloaks -- wishing this task less ugly, distasteful -- pay heed to the tunes Dreamweaver Muses intone. Fiction and poetry-- like Islam's shadow theater, sole allowed dramatic form, where the play of shadow and flickering … Continue reading Perspectives on perception