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About theminstrelscitadel

In search of courageous souls who aren't afraid to dig a little deeper and have a conversation about all manner of things. Rant, rave, debate, discuss... let's do it!

My Horizon

We go our ways, don’t we? Cut the chord, turn out the light, change direction, lock the door. Sometimes the heart skips a beat and before you know it your feet are clinging to a tightrope and your hands are … Continue reading

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What the world needs now: Trans-parency

I’m one of the lucky ones; I believe that to be true. When I was a kid, growing up in a conservative, religious household, I struggled with my sexuality. It wasn’t easy, realizing that I felt differently than what I … Continue reading

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Compassion الرحمة

حقا، والله هو الرحيم ومغرم الرحمة، وقال انه يعطي لالرأفة وما لا يعطي على قاسية “Verily, God is Compassionate and is fond of compassion, and He gives to the compassionate what He does not give to the harsh.” Do they … Continue reading

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Default: Judgement Rendered

Gay Marriage. So, the US Supreme Court denies a couple of appeals and makes a few million dreams come true. Thank you.

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The Camel and the Marlboro Man

When my friends and I started smoking – in our teens in the 70’s – cigarette smoke was everywhere. Elevators, hospitals, restaurants, grocery stores, workplaces, you name it. My mother smoked through 4 pregnancies. I remember Sunday drives with both … Continue reading

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Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass – by Ari Phillips

Originally posted on Desert Dogmeh:
Go read the article. And then call your biggest wingnut friend/family member and see what kind of BS conservative “Can’t be done!!” spin they throw at you. Always good for a laugh to watch them…

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The Mystery of Daylight

The moon whispers of her nuance, her hidden places and her sovereignty over night, as the night hawk flies I hear the cries and wonder at the solitude of her flight. Morning comes with the sweet mutterings of sparrows and … Continue reading

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Pride and Governments

I’ve done a lot of thinking over the years about systems of government and I’ve come to one conclusion: they ALL fail to one extent or another. Why do they fail? There’s a myriad of reasons; surely, some are specific … Continue reading

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What Will Never Be Known

She shuffles flat footed on her clunky feet, trousers dragging at the back a leash in one hand attached to one round white poodle. Tail wagging following every step she takes, every step an adventure. One hand pushes the shopping … Continue reading

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Half The Woman

I don’t remember if I said goodbye to you at all. I was away, so far and living the dream, a sordid tale, the novella you would abhor. You, who had the sweetest heart in later years, your thick glasses … Continue reading

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