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Jack of Hearts…Chapter 1

Chapter One

“Looks like we’re the only two here,” she said, staring at the guy sitting with his eyes closed, his head back, bloody tissues sticking out of his nose and his once white t-shirt glued to his chest with drying blood.  “Broken nose?”

“Ug,” he grunted. 

“Hurt much?”


“Want some gum?” 

“Ug,” he said, pulling the tissues out of his nose, holding out his hand.

He had beautiful gray eyes, even if one of them was currently red and rapidly swelling.  His straw colored hair was thick and disheveled and he had a lean muscular build shoved into well worn jeans.

“I’m out of bubble gum but you can snap this, so there is that,” I said walking toward him.


“What happened to you?”

“Why are you talking to me?” he asked.  “I’m covered in blood and look like something out of a horror film.  I mean, didn’t anyone ever tell you not to talk to bleeding strangers in empty bus stations?”

“No.  Why would anyone tell me that?”

“Because this is what most people would call a dangerous situation.”

“I won’t hurt you,” she said, reassuringly. 

“Not exactly what I meant,” he sighed, unwrapping the gum.

“Who hit you?”

“What kind of gum is this?  I like it,” he said, looking at the wrapper.

“Do you want to get the sex out of the way first?  Then we can get to work?”


“Does that mean yes, or no? If you’re not into women, I’m good with that.”

“Can I shower first?”

“Sure, why not,” she said, grabbing his bloody hand.


Do you believe…

 …that women and children
should constantly have to be
protected from male violence

…that government has the right
to decide that women shouldn’t
earn as much as men

…that men should make laws
that involve women
without their input
and okay

…that a president should
have power over the masses
without checks and balances

….that women should rebel
and live outside the
rules set down for them
by a hateful male dominated

…that war solves anything

…that war gets rid of young men
so that older men don’t have as much

…that our government is
poisoning us

…that freedom is
just a word in the dictionary

…that laws protect men
who rape, beat and kill women

…that we are killing the planet

…men will ever change

…that violence and hatred
will ever disappear

…that governments will
stop telling lies

….that men who rape
women and children
should be killed

…that you can ever
give a child who has been raped
a new childhood

…that life has to be this way

…that climate change is real

…that the fall of America
has already taken place

…that hate and greed are what
America stands for

…that pancakes
for breakfast starts the
day off in the most delicious way

…that every male child born
learns to hate females

…that things are getting worse

…that pansies harken the
beginning of spring

…that cats are the best
things ever

…that independent bookstores
are the only thing stopping us
from not just having the books
governments will allow us to see
and read

….that art is truth

…that we are swiftly going backward

…that free speech
is gone

…that spying on citizens
is a government’s right

…that guilty until proven innocent
is the new law

…that your color and gender
can get you killed

…that we love our children
while allowing the world to be what it is

…that life is a joke
with a punch line that sucks

From: MK

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Okay, so…

No one is really white.  Take a sheet of typing paper and hold it up to your skin and then you’ll know what white looks like.  No one is brown or black either.  If you paint, you know there are different colors for each color…no one paints a face white.  I guess white just means your ancestors came from Europe.

None of us asked to be who we are.  None of us asked to look the way we do.  Genes aren’t racist, bigoted, discriminatory or hateful, they just are.  Eggs, sperm, genes, don’t think about what they make, they just do what they’re supposed to do, no emotional input needed.

So, here’s the thing.  On some forms there are boxes for White, Hispanic, African American and Other?  I guess “Other” means aliens from a different planet, or Eskimos, Islanders, etc.,  anyone who isn’t color coded.  Most black Americans have never been to Africa.  I’ve never been to Sweden, but I have been to Italy and since my father was 100% Italian, shouldn’t I be listed as Italian/Swedish American instead of White?  And how does a religion become a race?  If a person is Jewish, shouldn’t others be listed as Lutheran or Catholic or non religious?  Jewish people won’t tell you their nationality and just keep telling people what their religion is.  I don’t get it at all.  It’s as if they can’t understand the question.  Using that as a criteria, if a Jewish person asked me what nationality I was I would have to say that I wasn’t religious.  How does that work?

I mean if Hispanic is listed as a category, shouldn’t it be brown, tawny, tan, sun kissed, or something else instead? White people should be pink, orange, red, olive, and pasty.  Right?  I knew a woman who was ashy, white.  She looked like she was dead and she was so white she was scary. The whole issue is insane, unfair, illogical, biased, racist and discriminatory.  Unless your genetic make up has to do with health and specific illnesses that are tied to specific race, there’s no reason to declare what color or ancestry you have.  How does that make sense?  It doesn’t, it just makes it easier to discriminate against people, just like gender and age do.  That’s the real reason for labels in the first place.  We really suck as a species, in every way imaginable.  Almost all of us are mutts.   Everyone knows that mutts are stronger than purebreds.  We love and accept mutts. when it comes to our puppies.  To bad we can’t love and accept each other as people.  Just because I have blue eyes doesn’t mean I deserve more than anyone else.  No one deserves more than anyone else.  We talk about embracing things but we shut others down every chance we get.  We talk about love but teach hate.  Every institution teaches hate, including churches, who top the list.  We emphasize our differences constantly and rarely face the fact that we are all the same species, all human beings.  We talk and talk and talk and never do anything to make things better.  We don’t stop the haters, we toe the line and the worst of us are white because old, icky, white guys made the rules to begin with.  Until we face the violent and hateful things we do as a culture and species, noting will ever change.

PBS…fabulous program…OVARIAN PSYCHOS…women getting together to take back their lives…it’s wonderful.

The hatred brought out in men, when women gather together is part of the hatred against all women, all the time, no matter who they are, where they are, or what they are doing.  I’m so sick of women having to fight for the right to walk on the sidewalk, or go into a park without ending up raped or dead.  JUST SICK OF IT!  We should all be sick of it.

3 ingredients…banana pancakes…Vegetarian…not vegan…from my cousin

2 TBs unbleached flour
1 mashed banana
1 egg

Mix together…makes 3 pancakes.  Moist in middle when done.

Excellent and uplifting TED Talk for kids the system turns against

Street art…Vincent



The chicklets had a Moon Party sleepover last night.  They are getting geared up for the party tomorrow.  They brought their telescopes to the sleepover but the moon didn’t come out.  They focused on the Rubber Duck Pond instead and then looked at each other.  They had lots of fun and even though it was too cold to sleep outside, they sat around the fire until the hens told them to come inside for ice cream and cornbread cookies.  They’re on their way to breakfast now.  The poets are getting together to practice one more time and then it’s last minute checks by the Stage Crew and they’re good to go.


Pansy in the cold, dark and rain…because that’s what our weather is 90% of the time. She’s like a tiny sun drop in the gloom

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