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Wastin' Away Press features Keith Helinski's writings, ranging from short stories online to movie reviews over the years. Also features an assortment of Keith's interests. If you like what you see, check out Wastin' Away Press's official Facebook.
The craft store is exalted by the conservative faithful. But it conducts business in a way that flouts Christian values.
Certainly, when I think of the Hobby Lobby store (and company), my first thought isn’t, ‘gosh I hope they don’t provide birth control to their employees.’ I think of, ‘gosh, I hope they still sell cheap MADE IN CHINA products that were made by little kiddies.’
And the question I always wondered about - since birth control is so immoral, what about Viagra?!
"People can be stunningly unobservant. But experience has led Hodges to believe rich people tend to be slightly more observant than the general run of Americans, especially when it comes to their expensive toys. He doesn’t want to say they’re paranoid, but…"
When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.
While I worked there, I would hear about various people that would quit their jobs back home, pick up, and relocate to Florida. The dream, of course, is to work at one of the theme parks. These stories stretched to from five years ago from the time I worked there (2007) to when the Disney park opened up. That was, of course, then, when the ideal ‘American dream’ was kind of/sort of affordable.
This article sheds light to the biggest factor why the Florida dream didn’t work out for us. Even with two incomes, there was no way in hell we could’ve made it. Sure, we could’ve had roommates like what some my Disney friends manage to do, but neither of us wanted to do that.
It’s actually easier living there for the short period of time Disney offers the housing during their programs than to try to make it on your own after the program is over.
In a sense, this could be anywhere - New York/California/Vegas. :-x
Addiction is addiction, and can rip family’s apart. I have a lot of friends that talk about video games, but is there a boundary that separates gaming and life? I love my movies, books, and yes - writing. But I try to balance the things that interest me with REALITY. I am proud to label myself a writer, but being a writer doesn’t define me; it’s just one of the many things I do in REALITY. HOBBIES should be that quick escape in life, and yes, we all need an escape from time to time.
Addiction starts when life revolves around that escape, and takes over reality. I hope with all the friends that always talk about video games, that it is one of the many things they do to escape rather than being the one single thing they do everyday.
"We Americans require symbols which are richly colored and three-dimensional and juicy. Most of all, we hunger for symbols which have not been poisoned by great sins our nation has committed, such as slavery and genocide and criminal neglect, or by tinhorn commercial greed and cunning"
As I approached my fiftieth birthday, I had become more and more enraged and mystified by the idiot decisions made by my countrymen. And then I had come suddenly to pity them, for I understood how innocent and natural it was for them to behave so abominably, and with such abominable results: They were doing their best to live like people invented in story books. This was the reason Americans shot each other so often: It was convenient literary device for ending short stories and books.
Why were so many Americans treated by their government as though their lives were as disposable as paper facial tissues? Because that was the way authors customarily treated bit-part players in their made-up tales.
And so on.
Once I understood what was making America such a dangerous, unhappy nation of people who had nothing to do with real life. I resolved to shun storytelling. I would write about life. Every person would be exactly as important as any other. All facts would also be given equal weightiness. Nothing would be left out. Let others bring order to chaos. I would bring chaos to order, instead, which I think I have done.
If all writers would do that, then perhaps citizens not in the literary trades will understand that there is no order in the world around us, that we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.
It is hard to adapt to chaos, but it can be done. I am living proof of that: It can be done.
The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them.
"There was one quadrillion nations in the Universe, but the nation Dwayne Hoover and Kilgore Trout belonged to was the only one with a national anthem which was gibberish sprinkled with question marks."
Don’t really give a shit about ‘Duck Dynasty,’ or the bigot that got fired, but I am amused about something: ‘free speech.’ Where was the uproar when Paula Deen said something naughty, and it affected her entire career? Where was the outrage on Facebook when Alec Baldwin made a nasty comment, that got his show nobody watches, canceled?
As a writer myself, I am a big follower of ‘free speech,’ and I think a suspension was a little overkill, but celebrity or not - there are some things you just don’t say, regardless if you wave the first amendment or not. While this might be the era of ‘political correctness,’ this is also the era of bullying/school shootings/and suicides. I especially get amused with the ‘I can say this because of my faith’ nonsense. Ugh!
“Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.” - Bob Marley
"It’s absolutely ludicrous that we still can’t get past using vicious acts. It has been proven several times throughout history that it might pacify the situation for a very brief moment, but it is through oppression, and sooner or later people rebel against that. So it’s not just the initial people that get killed on the front lines in wars, but it is society as a whole that is also suffering. It’s a very tumultuous and precarious world right now."