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City Beat

©2016 by Ilona Elliott   In the city, there are people, making music on the corners and music in the street, Though you know they gotta struggle just to find somethin to eat. In the city, there is energy, and the energy hums with a human beat In the city, there is energy, and it …

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Beauty and Pain

“Shut up. BEAUTY IS PAIN!” my sister yelled at me. It was meant to be funny and it was. Sort of. She was helping me dye my hair. I was complaining that shit was getting in my eyes as she rinsed my hair in the kitchen sink. There was no sympathy there, just a sharp …

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Dangerous Times for Truth

  These are dangerous times for truth. Especially on the internet. The internet can make you crazy. It can convince you of things that just aren’t true. Like that Obama is a mom’s jeans wearing secret evil Muslim who wants to outlaw all your handguns and kill your grandma to save health care dollars. Or that …

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The A B C’s and O C D’s of Keeping Yourself Informed or How Not to be A Debbie Downer

I’ll never be voted the most Fun Facebook Friend of the year, and, if I hung out with people who had them, I probably wouldn’t get invited to cocktail parties either.

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The Price of Boom and Bust Success: It’s a Heart Thing

I’m not talking about the visionaries who dream and create and push us forward as a species, but the people who come after them and figure out how best to personally profit from their genius. They tend to garner most of the attention, as if the genius is unremarkable without the profiteering.

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Returning to the Light: Thoughts on our response to terror

  I can’t seem to squelch the queasiness in my stomach lately. It is ever present. It’s gnawing away at me like a mouse trying to get inside a warm space because it’s cold outside. But when there’s a hole between a warm space and a cold place, the cold always creeps in through the hole. It …

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Civil Discourse with Demons

Civil discourse. It’s a process that is sorely lacking in the public arena these days. It’s definitely gotten popular to demonize the “other”, the person who believes in a different path or a has a different set of values than we have or lives in a different neighborhood or looks different than us. Demonizing the …

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The Goddess of I-5

The Goddess of I-5 I met her at the Arco Station Where she was asking for spare dollars, And when I tipped my head back to my car And reached in for my wallet, She said her name was Angel And she was walking to save the planet. When I handed her a twenty She …

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