The Thinking Read

The Thinking Read

Haiku Poetry Book Reviews Essays *all of them

Welcome to “The Thinking Read”

You’ll find essays on a variety of topics from mental health to politics. Quite a few book reviews are thrown in for good measure. There is a poem or two hiding around here somewhere and stalking the wild haiku is a regular occurence. Not all the writings are serious. Some of them can be downright comical… or, at least, my attempts can be comical.

To paraphrase Papa –

Writing is easy. All you have to do is sit down and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway
Northern Lights

The North Bird

Upon a hidden seaDreams fabled HalcyonLulled by gentle wavesHer nest fringed ’round in iceShe sings for Mid-WinterHer frosted melodySoothes the winter windCalling the sea to soft repose.

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Scientific research on cptsd

New class of antidepressants?

Source C&E News February 7, 2022 How do you know if a mouse is hallucinating? Apparently mice on LSD and psilocybin twich their heads. Fascinating. But then, if I was a mouse and my world had gone all psychotropic I suspect there would be some head twitching, too. So what…

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The Power of the Eight

The Power of the Eight by Suzanne Rho is one of those books that improves after the fact. If that sounds like I am damning it with faint praise – hold on – I’m not. As I initially read the story I found it enjoyable. It’s the kind of read…

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beginning writer writing

The Beginning Writer: ah, humility

I am here at my desk taking big calming breaths as I look at a mountain. A figurative mountain, but still it is impressive and daunting in its size for a beginning writer. I have to climb it. It’s not a question of do I want to or do I…

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Gabby Petito

Gabby Petito – Another Lost

The video of the stop in Moab Utah. Fair warning – It is hard to watch. I heard the news this morning about Gabby Petito as I checked my feeds. The confirmation of my worst fears was there, displayed on the screen. I heard there was a video of the…

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Ta Le – Book 1: Knowledge

I picked up the novel of Yessoh G.D. entitled “Ta Le” because I wanted to experience a culture that was not my own. I find myself torn about leaving this review because my background is not African and I’m wondering if I am missing something, or if I’m taking something…

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Cover for Dark Apprentice

Dark Apprentice

Wow, I really dislike Nikolai Fedorov. I know this guy. He is the guy who smirks when they think you can’t see. He is the guy convinced of their own superiority. From the first page to the last Nikolai, the main character, is both protagonist and antagonist in his own…

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