When Did Fat Become An Insult [Ashley Austrew]

INTRODUCTION by Joseph Shanklin I spend a lot of time [daily] working my own self inventory processes. I choose to make the conscious decision to identify my personal shortcomings. Furthermore, I make the choice to make improvements towards those shortcomings. Please allow me to demonstrate my priorities... 1] Sobriety 2] Self-improvement I see it like … Continue reading When Did Fat Become An Insult [Ashley Austrew]

Damages [Spring 2019]

DAMAGES Avoiding pain is natural. In fact, that's why it's there. Pain is a signal to the brain letting us know that something is wrong. Through our efforts to avoid the uncomfortable we protect ourselves, our hearts, and sometimes our lives. It's in this way that most people understand and cope with pain. Whether healthy … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]

Cross Modal Neuroplasticity [and more]

Hmmmmm...this piece ended up being something completely different than originally intended. 😉 Last year [2019] was a year of undisputable accomplishment. Why is it undisputable? First: Over the next few weeks I'll reach several one year anniversaries, including my sobriety from drugs and alcohol, not being homeless, and becoming a writer. Second: Positive feedback and … Continue reading Cross Modal Neuroplasticity [and more]

Day 1, Thought 1

Day 1, Thought 1 Sometimes I run my left thumb along my left ring finger, just to check to see if it's still there. Of course, my wedding ring hasn't been there for several years. Nearly five years past, not long before I was forced from my home of over ten years, the ring was … Continue reading Day 1, Thought 1

Before I get sidetracked, I’d like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Before I get sidetracked, I'd like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that all of you, have a safe and fantastic New Year, and I wish all of you many Blessings! Sidetracked... Questions...that's what on my mind as we begin the New Year. Am I prepared? Are we ready? I believe 2020 promises to … Continue reading Before I get sidetracked, I’d like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Merry Christmas Everyone ❤️!

Merry Christmas Everyone ❤️! The end of 2019 is fast approaching, but it's not over yet. There is still time for Connections, Signs, Fantastic Experiences, Synchronicity, and Miracles! I encourage everyone not to waste this last few days, but instead look a little farther, open your eyes a little wider, and pray a little harder … Continue reading Merry Christmas Everyone ❤️!

My Beautiful Creation

Like so many other things within my world of writing, I didn't see this one coming. Quite simply, I did not expect to become attached to the characters that I've created. In fact, so taken by one particular woman that I've begun studying the Italian Language. If anyone would have suggested such a thing to … Continue reading My Beautiful Creation