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March 11, 2023

Synchronizing Our Timing with the Universe

Time rules the universe but we’ve boycotted It And it doesn’t rule us, I didn’t mean lord over us, we’ve chosen our ruler and our own planet, another version of the universe I didn’t mean continent
March 9, 2023

The Stranger in Our Bed: A MockingOwl Roost Movie Review

This mystery-thriller kept me guessing. It is set in England and, in part, at an old family estate in the country, both of which lend to the movie's mystery. From the beginning, I could feel the tension that proved to weave throughout the story.
March 1, 2023

Sputter of Acclaim

[You] assumed for sure you were one day going to wear a crown, reigning puffed-up, beloved…
February 28, 2023


Again and again, loss has taught me to slow down. To run lightly through this world of impermanence.
February 25, 2023

The Tower

You tried to remember last night, but there was nothing.
February 24, 2023

Too Pointless

“The alarm. I have to go home today.” Not being able to take his breath, she sits up and lights a cigarette from her pack on the nightstand. She spots the watery rum and coke also on her nightstand and downs it. When the clock radio clicks and an announcer’s laugh shoots out of it, she hits the snooze button again and allows herself nine more minutes of staring off into space. After eight minutes, she unplugs the radio so that the alarm does not get Rob up.
February 22, 2023

Nature’s Whispers of Colours

o the body, white is like peaceful waters flowing The orange glow of twilight twinkles that the world may rest…
February 20, 2023

If There Were a God

If there were a God would he want me to abide here under the sullen yellow moon
February 18, 2023

Casu Marzu

Is there an edge of the world? Idon’t know, but if there is, we saton it, tossed pebbles into the foamhundreds of feet below us.The few […]
February 17, 2023

The Girl in the Sand

She looked around and saw only a sea of sand. Dunes that swept out for as far as the eye could see. She decided to walk, for what else was there to do but walk? But in what direction should she go? The only path she could take was forwards. So, she walked forwards across the sand, her bare feet sinking with each step.
February 16, 2023

Writing Memories: The Walkabout With My Daughter

More than a decade ago, I had the privilege of accompanying my daughter, Rita, on a unique journey. She rode her bicycle or walked from the southernmost tip of Florida, all the way to Canada.
February 15, 2023


Save a chair, the room is empty, even of dust. The picture is small, little detail, but the chair would seem to be black walnut…
February 14, 2023

All the Colors: A Special Issue of the MockingOwl Roost

Welcome to the first issue of the MockingOwl Roost in 2023 – the All the Colors issue.
February 13, 2023

Barricade Moon

In voices harmonized through the ether we weave a chorus of dreams…
February 11, 2023

The Youth Who Lost Their Way

Gone is the sphere to deal with conflict and joy. All interactions moving along the cyber world. They need to learn to maintain eye contact or participate in meaningful conversation.
February 9, 2023

Cozy Mystery Review: The Cat Who Series

Every title begins with the phrase ‘The Cat Who’. The reason is simple: A cat is the crime-solver. His devoted human is merely the tool he uses to impart justice, and the actions described in the title are a clue...
February 8, 2023

The House

Neighbors on their lawns all watching and waiting for the next shoe to drop…
February 7, 2023

The Yellow Labrador Retriever

Despite being an old dog, he never seemed to tire of the winter. The more snow, the better. Bobalou’s celebration of each inaugural snowfall taught me to welcome the winter, to appreciate it as a season of renewal, to breathe in that cold, familiar midwestern chill as if it were a regenerative elixir.
February 6, 2023

My Cup of Confidence

The rich, dark liquid warms my hands as well as my soul As I take a sip, I feel my worries and stress starting to unfurl
February 4, 2023

I Wish…

I wish we were perpetually happy. I wish there's always love to share. I wish there’s a better way to say this. I wish. I wish. I wish…