Country Curtains

21 Apr 19
MOOCH STYLE

A 5-year labour of love for an Oamaru based shearer, extensively restoring and reconfiguring a 1909 villa.

20 Apr 19
Things

A small country home in the dead of night. The kitchen light stood out bright against the surrounding darkened woods. A full moon rested in the sky casting a pale glow upon the landscape and illuminating the house and the barn lying across the lawn. Madeline stood in the kitchen staring out of the window, […]

20 Apr 19
The Lion's Den

African American novelist Zora Neale Hurston once said, “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” I find that quote fittingly describes how police brutality has been used against African Americans and other peoples of color for decades. Police brutality against people of color isn’t a new concept […]

20 Apr 19
Endless Stars

Prior Next i – ii – iii i.* Adwyn knew it was mistaken, but sense was sense. The schizon-clad drake lighted down on the granite hall like the pupil of Gwymr/Frina.  One glance was spared to the male assistant barring the door.  Then the adviser scanned the four guards watching. He smirked, and strode right […]

20 Apr 19
Douglas J. Early

This is the day we often forget. Between the heart-wrenching sorrow of Good Friday and the life-bursting joy of Easter Sunday there is another full day to be lived. What must it have been like on that day for those who had put all their trust and hope in Jesus? Did they gather together? Did […]

20 Apr 19
Quod scripsi

[The following synopsis is based primarily upon Sacred Scripture, but also includes details from various other extra-biblical sources.  Due to the scope of this undertaking it is impossible to relay all details.  However, I have provided the reader with select quotes which I believe nicely captures in a unifying way the overall flow of the […]

20 Apr 19
Kelly & Lila

I was once asked by a pair of missionaries, why I hadn’t, like my sister, become a Christian. The truth was that I had “accepted Jesus as my Personal Savior,” as a girl, long before our family careened into chaos, after which some of my younger siblings were radicalized and rooted as Believers. I had […]

20 Apr 19
A Return Trip

I had over an hour to kill and I was spending it in a mall in front of the bus stop, browsing with my mind only partially in the moment. The 11:30pm bus was late, but the 9 of us waiting outside in the December chill eventually got to our spots. It was the quietest […]

20 Apr 19
Zubergoodstories!

A television played quietly in the corner. Spanish soap opera; I didn’t recognize which one this was, but I think I’d watched it a few months ago. I still had no idea what was going on. Something about super heroes and evil twins? I tapped my fingers along the arm of the chair, blowing the […]

20 Apr 19
Intel Today

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana —  Philosopher, poet and novelist “In 1945, most French people thought that the Soviet Union deserved the most credit for Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II — even though the Soviets didn’t play much of a role in France’s liberation, relative to the […]

20 Apr 19
Kelsey's Table

On the train to my next destination–you guessed it, Budapest–I was thrilled to see snow. It was one of the few times I got to enjoy it this winter. As evening approached, a lovely sunset appeared as well. I was extra excited to visit this beautiful city because I would be reuniting with an old […]

20 Apr 19
Thoughts from a badass figuring out how to conquer life.

Last night I had a dream that I ran away. I ran away from the responsibilities of work, of home, of everything that I am tasked to do with as an adult. I swear I was coming back. I just needed to leave. I didn’t tell anyone, even my partner, that I had gone. I […]

20 Apr 19
Illinois Watchdogs For Constitutional Rights

The MFOL activists (with the help of all the professional AstroTurf organizers mentioned in parts 1/2/3 of this series) have hit the ground running for the 2020 elections already: https://cheddar.com/media/march-for-our-lives-makes-gun-violence-a-top-issue-for-2020-hopefuls Over a year since its founding, the student-led advocacy group March For Our Lives is now working to make gun violence a top issue for […]

20 Apr 19
La Cabeza

As the smoke cleared on the battlefields of Europe in the fall of 1918, the entire world was reeling from the bloodshed of the Great War. Millions of soldiers had died, and many millions of others were wounded, not to mention the millions upon millions of civilians who died or were made homeless by the […]

20 Apr 19
John D.Dexter

When it came down to the big crises and little depression I was always glad, that he was there. I had someone to talk to. That was more than I would claim to have had before. In the meantime, I started to need someone to talk to. Age convinced me, that my thoughts had gotten […]