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From Beneath the Southern Cross | An Irreverent Look at Cannabis Culture in South Africa

To set the background, I am a 63-year-old, white (if that makes a difference) South African. Rather than choose the way of invisible pensioner, I was conned into writing, and when this opportunity came along, felt calling to become vocal. Been smoking dope since about...

SEX WORK, SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE COMPLEX GRAY AREA IN BETWEEN

Sex trafficking is considered one of the most prominent modern plagues in our society. It's on television, it’s in newspapers and blogs, it’s on the nightly news. As a sex trafficking survivor myself, I have always felt caught in the middle between two movements that...

Here’s What the Death Clock Told Me That Changed My Life

Just minutes ago, the Death Clock told me I've got 6 years 3 days to live.  When I saw that forecast, I couldn't think straight. I have my Thermos flask near me. I rubbed my eyes, poured some of its coffee into its cup and sipped the coffee to jolt my mental juices:...

CONFESSION: WHY I TELL YOU TO SMOKE MARIJUANA WHILE I DON’T

“It's definitely worth doing every now and again or hell it's worth it every day if u can afford it and can function fine while high :)” -- Post from Quora correspondent Here’s my confession: I’ve spent more than a decade writing about the wonders of smoking or vaping...

The suffer-fest: a celebration

I never aimed to cultivate imperfection. Rather, it aimed for me. Aimed for me, mowed me down, plowed me under and seeded me well. I grow up again and again; imperfection won’t quit. It's a tough sell, imperfection. Hell, I get it, it’s a tough buy too. You’re more...

The Snake Said: A Meditative Essay on Loneliness

the snake said  | illustrations by sidney teles “‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ‘ ‘It is also lonely among men,’ the snake said.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince...

Providing a place of connection through a free forum of discussion, opinion and analysis on the topics that affect us the most.

A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

SUPER MAN

Once, there was a superhero who didn’t know how to fly. He was on his fourth drink, and his tie hung limply around his collar. His face was in shadow hiding the stubble on his chin. He was slumped back in his chair and swirled his drink. He absentmindedly tapped his...

Travel Trailers and Cold Coffee

illustrations by ana carolina maciel No one knows what to expect when going through a divorce. There is the financial burden, custody of the kids, and the question, “Who is going to get what?” Not to mention you are losing someone you thought you were going to spend...

mise en scene

illustrations by sidney teles The roaring in my ears got louder and louder until it was all I could hear. It was a strangely low, screaming sound when you listened closely, as few but I did. The roar was louder than the rushing water swirling around our ankles, louder...

Impropriety

illustrations by sidney teles “I’ll just take a walk to the store.  It will only take five minutes.” I watched my husband leave the dinner to purchase a bottle of brandy, his boss’s, Rachel, favorite.  The dinner party celebrating her promotion into John’s division...

The Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime. The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no...

When Your Girlfriend Owns a Rooster

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Your girlfriend, Rosa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Rosa weren’t a woman, you might feel like an old-timey wife. She’s like a breadwinner bearing fresh meat. You consider, for a moment,...

Suited

illustrations by ana carolina maciel A woman walked down a sidewalk as she pushed a stroller with her nine-month-old child twisting uncomfortably inside. The baby released an unsettling cry causing the woman to stop the stroller. She knelt to hand the baby his...

Taxista

illustrations by ana carolina maciel "¡Sigue, sigue!" a pedestrian shouted, laughing, as I chased after the bus that wasn't going to stop. I gave up after only a few yards, breathing heavily from the stress of having missed it more than the physical exertion of...

The Riller

illustrations by sidney teles The following events mark an attempt to contain the condition prevalent amongst the young, an inherited infection known as RILS: Rebel Insurgent Legacy Syndrome: those infected are commonly known as Rillers. The containment was only...

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel   "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make...

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A genuine REFLECTION OF THE human EXPERIENCE IN TODAY’S WORLD.

From Beneath the Southern Cross | An Irreverent Look at Cannabis Culture in South Africa

To set the background, I am a 63-year-old, white (if that makes a difference) South African. Rather than choose the way of invisible pensioner, I was conned into writing, and when this opportunity came along, felt calling to become vocal. Been smoking dope since about...

SEX WORK, SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE COMPLEX GRAY AREA IN BETWEEN

Sex trafficking is considered one of the most prominent modern plagues in our society. It's on television, it’s in newspapers and blogs, it’s on the nightly news. As a sex trafficking survivor myself, I have always felt caught in the middle between two movements that...

Here’s What the Death Clock Told Me That Changed My Life

Just minutes ago, the Death Clock told me I've got 6 years 3 days to live.  When I saw that forecast, I couldn't think straight. I have my Thermos flask near me. I rubbed my eyes, poured some of its coffee into its cup and sipped the coffee to jolt my mental juices:...

CONFESSION: WHY I TELL YOU TO SMOKE MARIJUANA WHILE I DON’T

“It's definitely worth doing every now and again or hell it's worth it every day if u can afford it and can function fine while high :)” -- Post from Quora correspondent Here’s my confession: I’ve spent more than a decade writing about the wonders of smoking or vaping...

The suffer-fest: a celebration

I never aimed to cultivate imperfection. Rather, it aimed for me. Aimed for me, mowed me down, plowed me under and seeded me well. I grow up again and again; imperfection won’t quit. It's a tough sell, imperfection. Hell, I get it, it’s a tough buy too. You’re more...

The Snake Said: A Meditative Essay on Loneliness

the snake said  | illustrations by sidney teles “‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ‘ ‘It is also lonely among men,’ the snake said.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince...

Providing a place of connection through a free forum of discussion, opinion and analysis on the topics that affect us the most.

KEEP ON BURNING

KEEP ON BURNING

Call them siren’s songs or melodies from the muses. From a favorite perch, a wicker swing aloft in a metal frame, any given day it might be Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Tina Turner whose voice spun from the record’s grooves. Their voices and songs became...

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IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

In my family, food is how we say, “I love you.” The meal we cook is a valentine. Eating every bit of what’s served is a return kiss. And this lover’s dance passed down to me. If I care about you, I cook for you.     I learned this from my grandmother, “Nanny,” we...

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Tariq

Tariq

My first day in Kani on the southern Saharan fringe, I met Tariq. His skin was darker than the sand under my feet, but not quite the burnt brown of the dust that blew from the west every afternoon, darkening the sky and burnishing the mud- and stone-walls of the...

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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

SUPER MAN

Once, there was a superhero who didn’t know how to fly. He was on his fourth drink, and his tie hung limply around his collar. His face was in shadow hiding the stubble on his chin. He was slumped back in his chair and swirled his drink. He absentmindedly tapped his...

Travel Trailers and Cold Coffee

illustrations by ana carolina maciel No one knows what to expect when going through a divorce. There is the financial burden, custody of the kids, and the question, “Who is going to get what?” Not to mention you are losing someone you thought you were going to spend...

mise en scene

illustrations by sidney teles The roaring in my ears got louder and louder until it was all I could hear. It was a strangely low, screaming sound when you listened closely, as few but I did. The roar was louder than the rushing water swirling around our ankles, louder...

Impropriety

illustrations by sidney teles “I’ll just take a walk to the store.  It will only take five minutes.” I watched my husband leave the dinner to purchase a bottle of brandy, his boss’s, Rachel, favorite.  The dinner party celebrating her promotion into John’s division...

The Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime. The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no...

When Your Girlfriend Owns a Rooster

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Your girlfriend, Rosa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Rosa weren’t a woman, you might feel like an old-timey wife. She’s like a breadwinner bearing fresh meat. You consider, for a moment,...

Suited

illustrations by ana carolina maciel A woman walked down a sidewalk as she pushed a stroller with her nine-month-old child twisting uncomfortably inside. The baby released an unsettling cry causing the woman to stop the stroller. She knelt to hand the baby his...

Taxista

illustrations by ana carolina maciel "¡Sigue, sigue!" a pedestrian shouted, laughing, as I chased after the bus that wasn't going to stop. I gave up after only a few yards, breathing heavily from the stress of having missed it more than the physical exertion of...

The Riller

illustrations by sidney teles The following events mark an attempt to contain the condition prevalent amongst the young, an inherited infection known as RILS: Rebel Insurgent Legacy Syndrome: those infected are commonly known as Rillers. The containment was only...

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel   "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make...
A Man of Class

A Man of Class

Arthur threw down The Wall Street Journal onto the tablecloth. After pushing his soft-boiled egg and toast to the center of the table, he tore off the bottom right corner of the paper containing the story that prompted his revulsion. Then he grabbed his cell phone and...

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Bubbles

Bubbles

bubbles | illustrations by seth williams She was walking barefoot, back and forth in the way too long corridor of her house and thinking: Sabuncakis must be closed by now, coffee shops must be packed with people, sea buses must be slicing through the dark blue waters...

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Bound by Blood

Bound by Blood

Condensation dripped off the walls of the sewer tunnel. A rat scurried by the pale man with the spiky black hair. Squeaking loudly, it ventured off into the gloom. Erasmus Zain was tall and muscular. He wore a black leather cloak with a silver mink lining, black...

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Jell-O

Jell-O

Jell-O | illustrations by sidney teles I opened the refrigerator door. Wow. Incredible. There was nothing but plastic racks and a winters breeze. I did a prostate examination of the fridge’s interior. Up. Down. Side to side. Twisting. Turning. Clamping. Squeezing....

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