This is Love: Poetry and Prose by Carolyn Riker

TO BE LOVED by Carolyn Riker "Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of her life, every quality of her mind, is written large in her words." - Virginia Woolf      Carolyn's first book, Blue Clouds: A Collection of SOUL'S CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE is also available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes & … Continue reading This is Love: Poetry and Prose by Carolyn Riker

The Ebb and Flow of Relationships

Seventeen years later, I remember 9-11 as if it were yesterday. I shared the exchange of emails between my dad and me in the hours following the attack on our homeland. Today, please stop for a moment and remember the three thousand plus citizens who lost their lives, as well as those who sacrificed their lives to prevent more deaths from keeping a plane from carrying out their attack. Many continue to live with nightmares and survival guilt, as do some who feel responsible for not being prepared to prevent the attack.

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“We return to each other in waves. This is how water loves.” – Nayyirah Waheed

When I chose to write this blog post on the ebb and flow of relationships, I did not stop to consider the raw emotion I would experience while writing my way through to completion. The idea came to me as I was reading emails my dad and I had exchanged immediately following the events of September 11, 2001, more commonly referred to as 9-11.

Our email exchange began on 09/11/01:

Dear Dad,
My day started at 0400 this morning with a phone call from the base Executive Officer calling to tell me that our nation was under attack. Linda had also called from Pearl Harbor while I was on the phone with the XO, and left a message for me, “Donna, Get up and turn on your TV.” But I had…

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Book Review: The Man Who Couldn’t Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being

Bibliographic information on The Man Who Couldn't Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being Russian Library Page Length: 272 pages Publisher: Columbia University Press Publisher Author Page Publication Date: January 29, 2019 Author: Olga Slavnikova Translated by: Marian Schwartz Contributor: Mark Lipovetsky ISBN: 9780231185943 (Hardcover), ISBN: 9780231185950 (Paperback), ISBN: 9780231546416 (E-book) Genre: Literary Fiction, … Continue reading Book Review: The Man Who Couldn’t Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being

Book Review: HOPE AND OTHER SUPERPOWERS: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto

“The dream of a different world (as beautiful as it is) won’t actually alter the planet—only your hands getting dirty and your feet hitting the ground will do that. Being outraged at injustice doesn’t do much for the victims of that injustice—actively moving against it does. But that’s a hell of a lot harder than outrage alone, which is why most people gladly settle for being perpetually angry and living vicariously through spandex-clad, muscle-bound, CGI demigods who do the brave things they wish they could do.”