Painless Reality

If we live a life of truth and reality, nobody can hurt our feelings. If we're already aware of our personal issues and shortcomings, nobody can hurt our feelings. If we've already owned all of our shit, then there are no surprises. Joseph Shanklin January 2, 2022

The Tomato Plant [Re-post]

Not an excerpt. Simply a conversation between two characters from my Novel. After a quiet dinner, Soloman and Shelby walked the path to the treeline and back, where they dropped into the loveseat on the porch. Only one hour past sunset, the temperature had already dropped by nearly twenty degrees. Soloman leaned over and kissed … Continue reading The Tomato Plant [Re-post]

Struggle Within Us All

Over the past two years, I've dedicated quite a few hours to writing about; the selfish World we live in, Self-improvement, and taking ownership of our actions. Most recently, I've shared a few stories from my place of employment. As you can imagine, Patrolling the Interstate Highways for a living gives me ample time to … Continue reading Struggle Within Us All

Damages Part II [The World is a Serial Killer]

Damages Part 2, The World Is A Serial Killer Please sit back, relax, and do your best to keep an open mind. In order to get the most out of what you're preparing to read, you will need to try and empathize with someone who's empathizing. It's Friday morning, and you've just arrived at your … Continue reading Damages Part II [The World is a Serial Killer]

Damages Part III [Empath] Re-posted

Re-posted from August 1, 2019. The necessity of pain, what would we be without it? We will never know. Our pain creates us. Like most of what I write, this piece comes from my heart. And why is that? Because of past, present, and future. With every breath and every heartbeat, my pain moves with … Continue reading Damages Part III [Empath] Re-posted

Damages 3 [The necessity Of Pain] Another Repost

The necessity of pain, what would we be without it? We will never know. For those individuals spending their entire life reliving the pain with each pull of a trigger, it can be a never-ending story; not unlike the movie Groundhog Day. (I recommend the movie) Like most of what I write, this piece comes … Continue reading Damages 3 [The necessity Of Pain] Another Repost

Damages 4, Another Bus Ride

Damages 4, Another Bus Ride Are you down? Is your imagination down? How 'bout it, one more time? Relax, keep your eyes open though, so that you can read. What a beautiful warm sunny day, not quite hot, with a just enough wind. The weekend was not a mirage, not having to work today feels … Continue reading Damages 4, Another Bus Ride

Damages 3, Flashbacks

The necessity of pain, who would we be without it? We will never know. For those individuals spending their entire life reliving the pain with each pull of a trigger, it can be a never-ending story, not unlike the movie Groundhog Day. (I recommend the movie) Like most of what I write, this piece comes … Continue reading Damages 3, Flashbacks