I threw away the childish games The day the first punch was thrown Admittedly I haven't seen them coming since Perpetually punch drunk And some might think me naïve Or blind bordering on stupid But I'm not I'm just not an open door If I let you in, you have a home I don't let … Continue reading Excogitate


déjà vu by Eveline Hood

The Twisted Path Group

She can’t shake the feeling of déjà vu

that keeps sweeping over her,

that itching cold finger tracing her spine as

she shivers

in the heat of the bonfire that had been stoked to a fury.


There, he’s gong to trip over a root and fall on his face.

She’s going to lean over and kiss that really cute guy sitting across from her

as he continues to stare at the bad boy across the way,

she thought

watching it play out before her eyes.


Did that mean he was here too?


She swept her eyes across the crowd of people,

looking for the man who had plagued her dreams

for months

so much so that sleep was something she looked forward to.


No where to be seen,

her breath sighing in her chest in some relief and disappointment.


It wasn’t sleep she craved,


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I Know What Causes Autism

Carrie Cariello

Last week I was surfing the Internet and came across a headline proclaiming autism and circumcision are linked. I couldn’t help myself. I laughed out loud.

In no certain order, I have read the following explanations for autism over the years:

Autism is caused by mercury.

Autism is caused by lead.

Autism begins with poor maternal bonding.

Certain pesticides may trigger autism.


Gluten aggravates autism spectrum disorder.

People with autism should eat more strawberries.

Too much automotive exhaust is a leading cause of autism.

Chemicals found on non-stick cookware may trigger autism.

The one about maternal bonding is sort of painful for me. The truth is, I did have a hard time bonding with infant Jack. The little guy shrieked and whined and cried for a solid year. He started sleeping through the night at six weeks, and stopped at three months.

I was exhausted, and Joe and I were…

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