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What Is True Beauty

Beauty is all around us. It affects us, nurtures us, lives in us and without us. It imbues things with life and it makes life wonderful. But what is true beauty? Is it the tinge of orange in red dawn? Or the early bloom of flowers or is it spring…

I Have Been Raptured by the Lyrical Presence of Words

I have been raptured by the lyrical presence of words. Their harmonies sing within the teal seas, paralleling life beyond my reach. I float among them, my hand raised before me. Fingers open, the airway fills the gaps, the source of my euphoria.

Is Poetry Dead? The Rise of Bad Poetry

The classics still have their audience, their aura of mystery and attraction but poetry as a living mode of expression for our cultural experience has died. Poetry is dead and we all have been its murderers in our own way.

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Thoughts with meaning, thoughts without

Thoughts with meaning, thoughts without
Order, chaos, clarity, doubt
All whirling in a dream
A turning, twisting, rushing stream

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The creation of the Adam fresco painting on the Sistine Chapel.

Is There More to Art than Meets the Eye?

When we look at a piece of art, a poem or a book, different feelings flow into our hearts such love, reverence, awe, irritation, disgust, or outright hatred. What causes these feelings are myriads of meanings, memories, associations, and similar things that we experience in our lives. They give art its meaning by adding to its depth.

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Chromatic Progressional Depression: A World Without Colors

It disappeared slowly, the colors. They melted and blended into one another. The first one to go was red; she was fiery and youthful, spitting anger in every word she spoke.

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Book Review: The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson

Who doesn't love a wedding — let alone a Christmas wedding? When Gabby Summerhill sends a video message to her four children and their families that she is getting married, not one of them is even remotely surprised. Gabby has always been a bit of a free spirit.

Book Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Rebecca Bloomwood is just an average girl living in London. Everything in her life is constant — her friends, her job, and her crippling debt. Although Becky has a steady job writing for a magazine called Successful Savings (trust me, the irony is not lost on me), the work is nothing short of boring and doesn't pay well.

Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Richard and Vanessa were a perfect couple, or so it seemed. The fact that both of them had horrendous childhoods brought them together on a different level. They understood each other more than anyone else ever could. Richard was smart, successful, and very handsome.

Darth Vader & Joker: What Makes a Great Villain?

What makes a fascinating and intriguing villain? Great characters grow and evolve with the story adding a refreshing touch to our tales. Each chapter adds more depth to their personality and background. From Darth Vader's mysterious character to Joker's cunning, we see writers using the magic of mystery and a…

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