Short Story Celebrating the In-Between

Won’t you sit down and stay a minute? Grab a mug of something warm, relax for a few–and thanks for reading! Into the Out There D. Lara Smith “Vines, vines, vines… the planet is being eaten up by them.” Derek Ross kicked at the leafy undergrowth while roughly thwacking away at tendrils that grasped at his… Continue reading Short Story Celebrating the In-Between

Do You Know When You’re Being Watched?

In the woods, hiking alone, I often suffer from attacks of scopaesthesia. Also known as the “psychic staring effect,” scopaesthesia is the twenty-five-cent word for the sensation that comes over you of being watched but not something your vision has picked up. For example, having the prickly feeling of someone’s eyes on you, causing you… Continue reading Do You Know When You’re Being Watched?

If Rules Don’t Apply When Civilization is Intact, Then What Happens When…

In our society, the veil of civilization is at times peeled back to show the fine line between what constitutes ‘civilization’ and utter chaos. Apparently, laws really are optional, and pleas for forbearance on behaviors must only apply to a minority of people. One area where I’ve noticed this in recent months is in the… Continue reading If Rules Don’t Apply When Civilization is Intact, Then What Happens When…

Soft… with Potential

Over a period of six weeks, I watched “The Island,” a survivor-style show hosted by Bear Grylls. It’s always fun to read the comments section of sites like Hulu.com for the array of snark, humor, and armchair analysis. One recurring complaint was that the show had some scripted material. Also, I couldn’t help but agree… Continue reading Soft… with Potential

The Number One, Must-Have Survivalist Tool

I attended a Preparedness & Survival Expo in August.  One excellent speaker, Jay Blevins, who has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s “Doomsday Preppers,” talked about the 6 foundational aspects of prepping. At the top of the survival list? Having the proper mindset. This means having the will to survive, even when things get downright ugly, insecure and… Continue reading The Number One, Must-Have Survivalist Tool