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What was college like?

I haven't finished with my adolescence. Suffice it to say I was the big BRAIN at school and helped the jocks to cheat on exams as a favor for my pathetic performance on the basketball court. Overprotection had made me into an awkward, uncoordinated NERD, I was no good at sports, but the guys, who all winced and groaned whenever I had the ball (and …

What follows (modified, expanded and sculpted to fit THE MOMENT) began as a mischievous stunt pulled on the widely-acclaimed website SMITH Six-Word Memoir at www.smithmag.net. Inventor Larry Smith invites cyber writers to enjoy the thrill of composing whatever THOUGHT he or she has in only six words, and having it instantly published online. As a freelance-writer aiming to grease the wheels with words, I was immediately challenged and effectively sucked …

It was Monday night, the once a week time-slot designated by the Mormon Church as family night. 

My friends’ families used the night to go bowling together or get some ice cream. Our time was always spent in the living room, listening to some church lesson Mom or Earl prepared from the Family Home Evening lesson book.

The evening’s topic was obeying and respecting your parents and …

--My life has been changed by my past...---






Behind blue eyes, lies her will to live.
Soft lips parted to speak, for no one at all.
She thinks of the memories, she won’t relive.
The criticism, the hate, the deceit.

Her freckles appear, spotted on her cheeks.
Her one feature she is proud of.
The bright smile she once had, she now seeks.Read more »

INK5***** is my literary "tattoo" for a mark of excellence -be it discovered in religious or spiritual thought, politics, music, art, books, food or travel.

"Because he does not know who he is, people recognize themselves in him." -TAO TE CHING

I love quotations -those one and two-sentence thoughts that stop you dead-in-your-tracks and cause you to ponder for a moment about yourself, about life and death and …

This noose clashes with my hood.

We had been dating for almost six months, and I previously never believed that I could fall in love. I went away to college and we stayed together. He was so supportive as I was adjusting, and as I was away... I realized... I have the potential of loving him. I was so excited about it, and I realized in that moment... I do love him. I could spend the …

I was a musician, at 14, self-taught, mom-influenced. At 22, I was on the rise. But by 32, I was married, working as an artist by day, playing in clubs at night, hauling equipment from one place to another as required, stressed, not paying enough attention to home life. Never mind that I had three little girls and a sickly wife to care for in between waking, working, playing, and …

When I started the year my grades were great, then they plummeted, with support and positive reenforcement they are good and should stay that way. Take the time to do the work, it will pay off.

When I started the year my grades were great, then they plummeted, with support and positive reenforcement they are good and should stay that way. Take the time to do the work, it will pay off.

When Marcel learns his beloved grandmother has no chance of recovery in the third volume of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, the discovery pierces the carefully ordered world of routine he has constructed to get him through each day. “Each of us is indeed alone,” he observes.

Away from the hospital, I thought I might have a similar insight. I repeated to myself the phrase, “My …

"Im sorry but my gf wants me to go to her high school so i cant stay after today"
Nineteen simple words that ripped out my heart. I had given this boy everything; I had promised him things and told him things that I couldn't even say to my best friend. And he had killed all that in a matter of nineteen words. I didn't know what to do. It …

This image depicts a powerful and life altering moment in time. This is the moment that I first truly grasped the concept of the individual. By this, I mean that every person has their own complex thoughts and experiences, completely separated and secluded from every other being and entity. I was 13 at the time. Of course, from a younger age I had realized that people had their own feelings …

The infinitesimal hesitation before I hit "Reply" was what gave it away. An Eleven-year friendship, ironically ended over the internet. But when mind decides, nothing stands in its way. I wear my stubborness like a medal. Yet, I knew, long before I wrote these threats, change was inevitable. At the end, I did not end this, nor did the 300 quid given in good faith. It was her. My best …

This image depicts a powerful and life altering moment in time. This is the moment that I first truly grasped the concept of the individual. By this, I mean that every person has their own complex thoughts and experiences, completely separated and secluded from every other being and entity. I was 13 at the time. Of course, from a younger age I had realized that people had their own feelings …

This image depicts a powerful and life altering moment in time. This is the moment that I first truly grasped the concept of the individual. By this, I mean that every person has their own complex thoughts and experiences, completely separated and secluded from every other being and entity. I was 13 at the time. Of course, from a younger age I had realized that people had their own feelings …

This image depicts a powerful and life altering moment in time. This is the moment that I first truly grasped the concept of the individual. By this, I mean that every person has their own complex thoughts and experiences, completely separated and secluded from every other being and entity. I was 13 at the time. Of course, from a younger age I had realized that people had their own feelings …

The doctor told my husband, "She's dying and might not make it through the night. Get ready". Then I woke up from the coma. And walked out of the hospital under my own power eight days later. An experience like this changes you forever.

Little Timmy Rhobuch




I was seven or eight or maybe nine, I really can’t remember, it’s been such a long time. Timmy’s gone I heard them say. We can’t find him anywhere.




The neighbors searched as neighbors do and the police came as they always do but Timmy was gone and we were scared.




My dad found …

The waters rising,
The tide is turning,
No longer fighting,
My eyes are burning,
No moisture left to suffice.

No air left to breath,
I am broken,
No way to be freed,
No prize, No token,
Of the life I once lived.

There is nothing left,
No fight, No hope,
No way to forget,
No way to cope,
Kindness has forsaken the path i travel,
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The Moment Book

Moments from the SMITH Community

Tomorrowland "Daisy, F3," my son Archer says as we pull into our parking spot. Disneyland’s about to open and we've arrived, just the two of us, our last hoorah before school starts. *** The alarm goes off and I pull the pillow tightly over my head. My husband, Hal, offers to wake the kids so I roll over, fall back asleep until Archer's voice wakes me, this time for good. "Hi, Mommy. It's …
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With Both Hands Whenever I think of my mother, my mind flips to this story. Not to the whole story, but right to the middle of it, the worst moments of it. For me, that's where the story always starts. My mother was beating the hell out of me. The first few blows seemed to come from every direction as I grabbed my nightgown and pulled it over my head, not …
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Reasons to be Thankful By Robert Israel They scraped me off the street, my bicycle in a heap nearby, and ever so gingerly placed me on the gurney. A crowd of curious onlookers watched intently, thankful they were not being loaded onto the ambulance. The nurses at the hospital were calming as nurses are wont to be, and administered an intravenous tube of morphine, and soon everything around me became fuzzy and numb, and the …
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