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Fragments of my life

The Black Dog and Blue Skies

When I was younger…so much younger than today I knew I was in deep trouble with the black dog but I didn’t seek help. I battled on, fighting an unwinnable internal war by self medicating and surrounding myself with as much noise as possible. I feared silence and wanted no …

Fragments of my life

Clearly Quite Absurd

Clearly Quite Absurd is a very quiet piece from the Deep Purple album Rapture of the Deep. Its concept is simple. Life would be much simpler if we could clear away all the clutter and subterfuge and just read each other’s minds. There’s some lines in there that hit home …

Things I never said
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Things I never said or did

It’s been almost thirty five years to the day since you left us. Eighteen or so months more since a civil word passed between you and I and the time has come at last for me to embrace and own my grief. I can almost hear you laughing at that …

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Postcards from Hell

When is the right time to change? I nearly left it too late. This was kind of confronting to write.  Its not easy to fess up to being  as low and as reprehensible as I was. These are the snapshots I remember.  This is for the people mentioned in the …

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Regrets

This story is not a work of fiction – its what I remember to be true.  It first appeared in a charming little magazine called Morbid Curiosity under the title Visitor.  The original version used a fictional character to tie everything together.  I removed her and stated the whole truth. …