Before anything else, my deep thanks to Ann Christine Tabaka (aka @TabakaChris and Irene Søde Josefson, Ann Christine for helping me with my crafting and Søde for encouraging me to write poetry.
I’ve mentioned several times I don’t consider myself a poet. It is one of the most challenging forms to me, especially when I write something and am told it doesn’t meet any poetry standards.
“Well, I didn’t know such existed. Forgive me for attempting anything new.”
I shared my poetry with Søde and she immediately wanted to know where I’m published.
“Then get published!” she cried, and I was off…
…to Ann Christine with the said The Coyotes Are Celebrating and asking how to make it better.
“It’s pretty good as is. I wouldn’t change much.”
And she didn’t. And it got published. And Hooray!
You can read The Coyotes Are Celebrating in Carmina’s Sept 2022 issue. It also appears early in this blog’s history here.
A always, let me know what you think, and thanks.
I wrote in Blogging on BizCatalyst360 that Dennis Pitocco and the kind folks at BizCatalyst360 invited me to write the occasional thought-piece for them, that I’m happy to oblige, and that they’ve also given me the go-ahead for an Artists in Discussion videocast (I sent out emails to everyone interested and will follow up some time this week).
Most recently BizCatalyst360 published Disconnection from the 5 Love Languages, a piece about how we build relationships and specifically about making an outsider welcome when they join an existing, established group.
And as before, you can keep up with my BizCatalyst360 posts at Joseph Carrabis on BizCatalyst360.
As always, let us know what you think, and thanks.
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The Alibi – Chapter 7
Rhinehold wore a Boston PD visitor pass on a chain around his neck. Every time Cranston held up his badge, also on a chain around his neck, Rhinehold did the same. Every time he did, the uniforms chuckled and let him pass.
The fourth time Mary Cucello, a short, overweight, mid-forties BIS Forensics specialist, broke the seal on a vacuum sealed bag. It sighed as air rushed in. She handed Cranston the enclosed white, disposable coveralls, gloves, and booties.
Rhinehold knew there was another term but they looked like booties to him. He almost asked if the coveralls came with mittens attached to the coveralls with string.
He stood waiting. The forensic specialist glanced at his pass, snorted, and looked at Cranston who was already descending into the garage’s blast zone.
Rhinehold reached towards the forensics supply unit. “What about me?”
Short, overwieght, mid-forties Mary Cucello slapped his hand away. “Read your pass, kid.”
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Long, long, oh, ever so long ago, I routinely gathered with friends to play music. One time and for no reason, I started playing America’s Muskrat Love except I changed the words to something far from the original.
People laughed, held their bellies, rolled on the floor, had tears coming of their eyes, gasped for breath, those with instruments put them down, …
It was a glorious time.
I remembered that on this night.
Two Opossum, dancing in the moonlight, doing it up and doing it right.
Or at least not arguing with each other.
Dennis Pitocco and the kind folks at BizCatalyst360 have invited me to write the occasional thought-piece for them.
Happy to oblige.
They’ve also given me the go-ahead for an Artists in Discussion videocast.
Artists in Discussion episodes will consist of five people on a Zoom video chat (and someday in person at conferences and such). I’ll serve as moderator with four guests drawn from all creative disciplines.
The theme will be discussions on how our art shaped our lives, how our lives shaped our art. Obviously, survivor issues play a role in such a discussion for many artists regardless of their medium. The tag line “How our art shaped our lives, how our lives shaped our art” is strong to me because it can be personal, cultural, and every place in between. Does culture drive art or does art drive culture? What function does our choice of medium serve? And as different mediums become available, does art change to meet the new mediums? I plan on open, uncensored discussions on all topics affecting our lives and existence.
So far I’ve posted Combating Evil With Good and What if Today is The Day You Make Oceans?, both reprints from other blogs and available elsewhere. More to follow as time allows.
Meanwhile, you can keep up with my BizCatalyst360 posts at Joseph Carrabis on BizCatalyst360.
As always, let us know what you think, and thanks.