Archive for December2013

Safelight: A Novel by Shannon Burke

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Safelight is the spare, haunting story of Frank, a young paramedic and amateur photographer working the streets of New York in the 90s.  It is a time of crack wars and blazing neighborhoods, and Frank responds to a constant stream of carnage with disconnected apathy, shooting meticulous pictures of the injured and dead while his […]

Today is Christmas

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Today is Christmas and while I am on shift at the firehouse hanging out with my crew and doing our thing, my husband is home alone flipping through photography books with our german shepherd and fox terrier by his side.  He tells me he misses me.  A lot.  I know I sure miss him.   […]

The Power of Story

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For millennia, humans have sat before fires, huddled together on cold, dark nights and told each other stories.  Mothers and fathers have sent their children off to sleep adrift on fairy tales for ten thousand years.  And before our species even knew language, we drew symbols of magic and hunting and death on caves to […]

Navy Seal Training: Self-Confidence

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The most effective way to engender transformation is by addressing all aspects of our being: physical, mental, and spiritual.  One reason I am drawn to Buddhism is that for 2,500 years, Buddhist monks have been systematically studying the mind and developing a system for transforming consciousness through physical, mental, and ethical steps.  The Buddha’s 8-Fold […]