Day: April 7, 2022

Enjoying the three states of water

Old ways won’t open new doors! Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water … Continue reading Enjoying the three states of water

a gentle touch

passion lives in the windand in every pocket of your skin just as magic residesin our hearts and minds Do you remember how it felt when kindness reigned the night? love burned brighter than it’s ever beencaressing every tree limb while dripping with a gentle touchit’s just enough to know you are there, and I … Continue reading a gentle touch

The World’s Happiest Animal: The Quokka

Hello again for another animal.  This one is the ‘World’s Happiest Animals’ because they always seem to be smiling.  They aren’t afraid of people either, so there’s a trend to get a selfie with them.  Of course, they live in Australia, so you can’t do it that easily unless you’re a local.  What are they? … Continue reading The World’s Happiest Animal: The Quokka

I Read Someone Else’s Journal And It’s Teaching Me How To Live Life

You know what I love more than journalling? Reading other people’s journals. What’s with the look? You’ve probably done the same, or at least know someone who did. Anne Frank’s diary, perhaps? Leonardo da Vinci’s? Sylvia Plath’s? Anyway, the journal in question (Meditations by Marcus Aurelius) is a couple thousand years old, so I doubt … Continue reading I Read Someone Else’s Journal And It’s Teaching Me How To Live Life

Lunes, De regreso by j re crivello

Barcelona / j re crivello// Escritor y Editor / Fundador de Masticadores

Hoy es lunes y estaré de regreso, como he estado casi en el cielo (lo digo por el vuelo), recuerdo este dialogo con mi prima-hermana Mónica, escritora ella también.

—Hola ¿El viaje al Cielo ha sido cómodo? –preguntarás Mónica

—He vomitado tres veces y un tipo gordo e infeliz roncaba sin vergüenza, sin saber que iba a una ocasión de lujo… ¡visitar el Cielo!

—O sea que estas cabreado por lo que te rodea. ¡Como siempre! Te apasiona… reformar la sociedad ¡primo! –Dirás Mónica-.

—¡Ja! Me apasiona vivir la vida y se me ha acabado Y por ello refunfuño y pateo.

—Se te acabo primo. Ya no pagarás la luz, ni el recibo de los Autónomos.

—¡Ja! Por cierto ¿a ti te cuesta escribir los finales de las historias? Ante lo cual, observé que Mónica se detuvo un segundo en la nube donde vivía. Era de color rosado, pequeña y…

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Ucrania: La Unión Europea ante la encrucijada

Barcelona / j re crivello// Escritor y Editor / Fundador de Masticadores

Ucrania está siendo destruida por la acción de un dictador y sus intereses cruzados de un grupo de mafiosos. Nos hemos acostumbrado en Occidente de hablar de los oligarcas, pero son empresarios mafiosos que han construido sus fortunas al amparo del poder. Nos ha costado en la Unión Europea descubrir esta triste verdad. Y ahora asistimos al asesinato y la destrucción de una sociedad para demostrar que el poder insaciable de Rusia necesita aún más para aumentar su territorio, que no es más que la base de este oligopolio cruzado de mafiosos.

¿Que nos traen estos nuevos vientos?

Miedo, frustración, ira, odio.

Los ciudadanos de la Unión Europea asistimos estupefactos como se instalan de nuevo en el continente estas cuatro palabras que pensábamos desterradas desde Hitler. Cuando en 1939 levantaron las barreras invadiendo las tropas nazis Polonia. Lo que ocurre, es que ahora no hay barreras, la bomba nuclear está…

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Femeninas y Masculinos by j re crivello

Femeninas y Masculinos by j re crivello

Barcelona / j re crivello// Escritor y Editor / Fundador de Masticadores

Femeninas

Al hacer presión escapa el aire, luego un rojo astuto y pueril anuncia la tradicional salsa roja del tomate preparado para mezclar con cebolla, un poco de ajo y tal vez algo de carne picada. Es sencillo de preparar un jugo que mezclaremos con los espaguetis y queso rallado. Hasta aquí es aceptable reconocer que el próximo convidado golpeara en la puerta con un ramo. Las mujeres que viven solas o acompañadas por alguna otra persona parecería que tendrían que responder al estilo de la serie de “mujeres en Nueva york”. Pero vivimos en España. En esta cofradía de señores y señoras aún existen algunos matices. No soy mujer, pero se me ocurren algunas cosas.

Todas padecen catarros en invierno

Todas al llegar el verano aceleran un curso preparatorio para la bikini.

Todas están con hijos o sin ellos. O con amores o sin ellos. En ese ambiente de…

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Obreros, robots y pandilleros

Barcelona / j re crivello// Escritor y Editor / Fundador de Masticadores

Dolores, robot en WestWorld —01

“Nacimos esclavos de sus historias. Y ahora podemos escribir la nuestra”. Dolores, robot rebelde en WestWorld.

En WestWorld (producida por HBO en el año 2019), podemos ver el núcleo del futuro cuando pasemos de crear robots servidores de los humanos a robots con consciencia, la serie tiene la valentía de considerar que los robots puedan rebelarse contra las líneas de código que les han asignado, cargadas de estúpidas, repetitivas e inconexas tareas. O al ser enviados al espacio (pues ellos llegaran más lejos que nosotros) decidan emular colonias independientes y ajenas al control de nuestro país: La Tierra

En la serie, construida sobre héroes al estilo Hollywood, “la angelical Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), es uno de los primeros robots en tomar consciencia dentro de las fronteras de Westworld. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), científico del parque, ha resultado ser también una creación del mismo, y sus problemas…

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Whatever floats your goat

P.S.If you want to contribute to an awesome book with many other bloggers, please read my post:Let’s make a book together And for those who want to participate, I am keeping a log of the drawings that already have been chosen.So, before you write anything, please check this page out: Let’s make a book together … Continue reading Whatever floats your goat

STATES of BEING: Preparing

1. It’s the day before we leave for our first road trip since the pandemic throttled our travel plans. I have forgotten how to get ready for a trip. Everything requires more thought and seems a little harder. And it’s spring, my favorite season, so I’m distracted by the flashes of color everywhere, all vying … Continue reading STATES of BEING: Preparing

Why I Read

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

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“Bret Lassiter,” by Marge Simon

I think writers are as necessary as doctors. Like a doctor, the writer performs the vital functions of diagnosing patients, advising them, and healing them.

Diagnosing: Through the generations,  writers, like doctors, pretty much say the same things over and over, but in fresh, personal language. That’s because the human condition does not change. We must be told we are mortal, that we can and will get hurt, and that we should take better care of ourselves and loved ones.

Ernest Hemingway’s magnificent tale of war and loss in A Farewell To Arms remains one of the most powerful and vivid tales of the madness of World War I. Of course, its narrative is timeless because humanity is still being dazed and bloodied by conflict and loss. I still recall reading that book in high school, and how it shook me to the core the way it made…

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Why we need fantasy

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

Explore!

The great struggle of our age is to re-assert our humanity against those institutions that define and treat us as simple automatons. Freudian “Drive-Reduction Theory” attempted to minimize all life into simplistic, mechanical terms. B. F. Skinner went so far as to claim that ALL behavior results from external reinforcement: Reward “good” behavior and punish “bad” behavior, and humans can be conditioned for the better. Utopia, therefore, is just a few conditioning sessions away …

Problem is, living things are inherently complex. Life refuses to be contained within formulas. So when behavioral scientists observed subjects ignoring rewards and spontaneously exploring and experimenting, they had to admit this impulse was internal, rather than external, as Skinner had assumed. A new term arose to describe this activity, as this refreshing article from Medium reports:

Intrinsic motivation refers to the spontaneous tendency “to seek out novelty and challenges, to extend and exercise one’s…

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Writing by hand

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

write by hand Image by Colleen O’Dell from Pixabay

We all know it’s a good idea to do something different when you’re stumped on a writing project. When you’re not satisfied with a scene, or just can’t decide what your protagonist should do next, you need to take a walk, chat with a friend, or practice your katas.

But psychologists and neuroscientists suggest an even better strategy is to grab a notepad and ink pen. It seems that the feel and shape of words stimulates your creativity and helps you connect with the narrative you want to capture. As Neil Gaiman once put it, “Writing with a pen is like playing,” and nothing brightens up a manuscript like a sense of playfulness. And this article in Fast Company tells us there’s science to back up what many writers have known for years:

When you write by hand, you write more thoughtfully. Such…

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How Reading Rewires Your Brain

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

Reading

There is no doubt in my mind that modern society traps its subjects in an unhealthy and unsuitable environment. That stark realization motivates many of my stories (see here and here, for example). The most disturbing symptom of how toxic our culture has become is the increasingly acerbic mutual distrust evident in current politics. Little wonder so many feel depressed, powerless, and alienated.

Rather than utilizing technology to better our lives, we let it rule us. Distracted by smart phones, buffeted by inescapable sensory overload, and hobbling our discourse in 140-character outbursts at each other, we’re incapable of understanding our own inner selves, much less that of others.

Fortunately, the tonic for the condition we find ourselves in is close at hand — if only we would use it, as this eye-opening piece in big think proclaims:

Research shows that reading not only helps with fluid intelligence, but with…

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Beauty and the Ideal Man

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

MidsummerDream

Far from making him appear “sissy,” an appreciation of beauty is essential to channeling a man’s natural inclinations into supporting vital social goals and making him a better man, says Jared Silvey:

This stronger inclination to fighting is not, in itself, automatically directed to either good or evil. It has the potential to go either way. It can be directed to good, as in the case of fighting to defend one’s country against unjust aggression, or to evil, as in the cases of murder, rape, and other acts of unjust violence.

Beauty here enters the picture by helping to direct this male inclination to aggression and fighting to a worthy end. This is because real beauty is always found wherever there is truth and goodness, and it strengthens the attraction these other two values exert on the human person. It moves a man to defend whatever is good and…

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