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If You Could Speak to the Whole World, What Would You Say?

What I think I'd say if someone handed me a megaphone. -image courtesy of SimpleReminders

I follow a really neat thread on Instagram called The Human Connector (#thehumanconnector).

Every day, THC asks new people this question:

If you had a megaphone and can speak to the whole world for 30 seconds, what would you say?


Those of you who have been following this blog here for some time are likely...
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War on the Outside, War on the Inside

This - the innocence and the green and the trust and the beauty - this is what I am fighting to save.

If my brain was asked to pick a favorite hobby, I suspect it would choose "analysis."

I can't blame it, really - holding up this topic here, that topic there, examining it thoroughly for insights, comparing and contrasting it with other like what I do when I go to thrift stores, only...
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A Hula Hoop Teaches Me About Healing

My baby tortoise, Malti, "helps" me with at-home resistance band training.

For some reason, from about mid-December through the first part of each new year, I always seem to be battling one kind of ick or another.

Recently, upon hearing that I had contracted yet another infection, a long-time close friend commented that she can imagine all the germs lining up, cheering, "Let's all go visit Shannon! Yay!"

NOT funny.

Even less funny - many of the...
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What It Feels Like When Your Inner Addict Starts to Die

Not so long ago, I finally joined Hulu's subscription program.

And not too long after that, I watched a program called "Amy Winehouse: A Last Goodbye."

I wasn't a huge fan while she was alive, mostly because I can't listen to music while I am writing, and I am writing most hours while I'm awake, and earning rent money wins out over my playlist about 100 percent of the time.

But on the rare occasions when I did...
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Death Threats for Do Gooders

Abdul Sattar Edhi, founder of Edhi Foundation who is much missed.

Abdul Sattar Edhi, or just "Edhi" for short, recently passed away.

He had been alive on this planet for 88 years before he died, but I had never heard of him.

Recently I moved to a new casa, and my neighbors are from Pakistan. Their son told me about Edhi's passing, which prompted me...
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A Good Reason to Hide Your Face

Me presenting "Beauty Undressed" to a group of students.

I've been on stage since I was 10 years old.

My family band first put me there, and much later I led a band of my own.

In the middle years, I played and sang and acted and even danced in front of groups of strangers, feeling rather more perfectly placed there than anywhere else.

This, I discovered later,...
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