Dead Leaves

Vita Brevis Press

Submitted by Shaun Clamp

They scuttled on the dusty bricks
rolling past the iron trees
in desiccated cartwheels
to lawns, bounding
after each other, squabbling like birds –
flitting off, whirled up
under a car chassis.

But the wind brought forth a storm,
falling heavily
into the morning

where they lay
with tar bruises trodden through
and sodden on the dusty bricks drying,
they lay in masses, unmoving
except the few that quivered
in fear of the street sweeper’s brush
and his swaying skoppie scythe.

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Painting: John Ruskin – Withered Oak Leaves

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I’m so excited to be bringing you this post today. A little while ago I asked if people would be interested in a Marvel based ReadAThon I had come up with and people said YES. I’ve been working hard to hammer out the details of this ReadAThon and I’ve finally got it all sorted which means I can FINALLY announce the challenge and I am SO SO EXCITED.

This ReadAThon will be A MONTH long, because there is so many challenges. So it will run from midnight, June 1st to midnight July 1st in your timezone.

This readathon is focussed around Marvel movies in the cinematic universe, each of the movies have been split into their phases and there is one challenge per movie. The goal is to read a book for EVERY SINGLE MOVIE (that’s 21 movies, by the way). Everyone starts in Phase One, and you can’t move…

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Waiting Out the Storm

Once Upon a Spine

This past Friday I decided to play hooky and take a day trip to Asheville, NC. Given how many mornings I’ve had to take off for doctor’s appointments as of late, I probably should have just gone to work. To be honest, I didn’t care. I really needed that day off.

For a little over a month now I’ve been dealing with some sort of kidney issue – infection, possible stones, etc. I haven’t even gotten the results back from the CT scan I got last week, despite the fact that the nurse promised to call me back 3 days in a row. Waiting like this is making me super anxious. I felt so crappy the last few weeks that I had barely even left the house, except to go to work or the doctor’s office. (Fortunately, the pain seems to be going away now.) Eventually, the physical pain…

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Reblog: On Facing Death


Author and blogger Karen Ingalls featured my article On Facing Death last week, and I’d like to share this with you now. Karen has received several awards for her blog, as well as for her book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.

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Outshine by Karen Ingalls

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Many thanks to Karen for sharing my article. Please visit her blog, comment and share. Thank you for stopping by ❤️


My mother faced death many times and had three near-death experiences. She said, “There is nothing about death to fear.” In the last year I have had several friends and a family member pass away. It is always difficult for those of us left behind, but I am at peace knowing that they are free of pain.

In our society we tend to not talk about our own mortality, but it is a reality. I believe the more…

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Your Mother

Vita Brevis Press

Submitted by Jamie Dedes

a tattered memoir in sepia tones
hanging on the wall of your office
a tiny plump sparrow of a woman
by a lone stone cottage
toothless, poor old thing
a warm shawl pulled to cover her head
an apron, worn shoes
from a time long past
from another world
my Turkish grandmother
what was her name?
you never said, i never asked

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Painting: An Old Woman peeling Pears – by a follower of David Teniers the Younge

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Beneath the Sugar Sky — Seanan McGuire

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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

TITLE: Beneath the Sugar Sky

AUTHOR: Seanan McGuire

SERIES: Wayward Children, #3

RELEASED: January 9th, 2018;

GENRE: Fantasy


SYNOPSIS: Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.


Every time I think I can’t love Seanan McGuire any more than I already do, I read another of her stories, and I’m proven wrong. She is such an incredible storyteller, and she portrays the most necessary, important perspectives on the world and on how humans treat one another, and I am so here for it, always and…

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