Philosophical

Incandescent Joy – The 3rd of October 2007 – Evanston, Illinois

(found with “It’s October 3rd” written on it because it was October 3rd)

Dear Maxine,

I beg for relief even as I don’t want it.

Joy, Maxine, joy, joy, joy. Incandescent, illuminating, warming joy.

That is the answer.

The kind of joy that gets fuelled somehow by adrenaline and makes the fingers tremble and the eyes twitch and the lips smile.

That is the answer.

Fear and anger can always motivate, but nothing comes close to the energy and the focus one can derive from the purest of joys.

That is the answer.

You can hate, Maxine, and you can hate all you want – hate until your heart blackens and gives way and external machines are needed to keep the blood flowing through your veins. You can hate all you want, and I’ll tell you that it will get you places, very far places, places that are very and incredibly interesting.

But do not forget what joy can do. Perhaps it’s just as damaging, and it’s definitely more elusive, but do not forget what joy can do. It can bring you to those same places, very far places, places that are very and incredibly interesting, and it can bring you there with the same alacrity and pace.

The only difference, as far as I can see, is that on one journey you’ll have your eyebrows narrowed and your face all pulled and contorted by a frown. On one journey people will stand around you, but leaning away in awe and admiration and respect.

On the other journey you’ll have your face open and smiling and bright, beaming with the same kind of light that burning in your gut. People will stand around you, but leaning towards you in awe and admiration and respect.

So joy, Maxine, just don’t forget it. Don’t shut it out.

Find the joy, in fact. Find it, and let it draw you out.

Delightfully,

Kevin

 

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The 27th of October 1977 – Waynesboro, Virginia

(found by the darkness on the edge of the town)

Dear Dominic,

None of that – absolutely none of that – makes any damned sense to me. I’m not even talking slightly. I’m not even talking just a little bit.

Why should I give a damn about success?

Now, hold on, because I shouldn’t say it that way.

Why should I give a damn about the type of success that you want me to give a damn about?

Now, I like suits as much as the next guy, but I’m not gonna spend the rest of my damned life living in a tie. That’ll kill me before the starvation of being a homeless dreamer ever does. That’ll crush me more than poverty or financial despair or whatever you’d like.

It’s about what you value, Dominic, and if you don’t do what you value, then why are you doing it at all?

You talk about pragmatics. You talk about practicality.

Well nothing’s practical, Dom, because nothing’s ever gonna stave off death. Nothing’s ever gonna stop me from dying. So why sacrifice living to do something that, ultimately, doesn’t make a damned bit of a difference except make me miserable with myself?

You talk about dreams like we shared them, values like we had a meeting last Tuesday and laid everything out in agreement. But I never got that message. I never agreed to it. I always woke up kicking and screaming whenever I had one of your so-called dreams.

So I just gotta cut it loose. I gotta cut it loose, or else it’s gonna drag me all the way down. I gotta find what makes the blood boil in my veins, and I gotta do it till my damned head’s about to pop off.

Or else I’m gonna end up on some lonely porch, staring off down the street and waiting for somebody who’s just had a bit of fun to come home. Or else I’m just gonna end up coming back from the factory and washing up and going off to sleep alone in bed, having the same nightmare over and over again till the work whistle gets me up at five the next morning.

I ain’t one of them. I always thought that, and I thought you thought that too. I ain’t one of them, and maybe that means I ain’t one of you either. So maybe I’m alone, but that don’t make a difference to me because at least I’ll be alone with who I really am.

If anyone – her in particular, of course – is interested in seeing me, tell them that I can be found pretty easily. There’s a spot out beneath the bridge.

  • Johnny

The Something of Whatever Whenever – Someplace, Somewhere

(found by the dumpster or in the kitchen sink or underneath the hearth of an abandoned fireplace)

Josie –

I do not very much like this place that you have sent me to visit. I do not very much like this particular society filled with these particular people all doing this particular thing.

I have questions for them, Josie, and – as much as I try to pose them innocently and without judgment or harshness – whenever I ask them a question, they all get rather upset. And do you know what happens, Josie? Josie, just guess!

They turn on me. They accuse me. They call me names, and they scream, and they make me feel as if it is necessary for me to feel bad about myself.

And I want no part of it. I’d much rather like to leave than get a stern talking to from one of these particular people from this particular society which seems overly concerned with doing this particular thing.

I just feel differently, Josie. That’s all. That’s the simplest way that I can phrase it. All of these particular people from this particular society are all very much preoccupied with the doing of this particular thing (or – within reason – an assemblage of things closely related or in some way similar to this particular thing), and I – quite simply, Josie, and quite innocently as well – am not.

I do not have a problem with it. However, I do realize that in order for me to successfully assimilate and become a part of these particular people in this particular society I will soon have to sacrifice my hesitancy, or whatever misinformed aspects of my worldview cause it, in order to become similarly determined to do this particular thing.

It is as if there is no middle ground, no compromise. The particular people that inhabit this particular society are all quite enamored with the accomplishing of this particular thing, and they interpret any deviance or any call towards deviance from the task of accomplishing this particular thing as a threat to themselves fundamentally as people.

And so some end up on a cross or alone beneath a Bodhi tree or just sent to the desert without anyone to record their triumphs.

It seems quite shortsighted. It seems quite ridiculous, in fact.

Although, each must be given their own, even if that courtesy isn’t always reciprocated.

Wish me luck,

Josiah

The 17th of August 2010 – Loyola, California

(found…I don’t know)

My dearest Max,

You cannot ask me that kind of question and expect anything close to a suitable answer.

“Why?”

“Why, Uncle?”

“Why?”

That’s the exact question that’s been echoing in my head for decades, Max, honestly and truthfully, decades.

It’s unavoidable, and – I fear – without some sort of physical treatment, it is a question that I will never be able to escape.

It’s popped into my head at some of the most inopportune moments, from times of celebration to moments of despair.

“Why?” I thought when I saw a group of men celebrating the result of a football game.

“Why?” I thought when a hearse passed me by and was followed by a limousine filled with teary-eyed family and friends.

“Why?” I thought when I paced around a small apartment, shouting the infernal question over and over and over again to empty walls.

“Why?”

“Why?”

“Why?”

See, Max, I was twenty-three and peeing in old milk bottles. I was twenty-three and alone in a moldy, drywall box. I was twenty-three and so unsure of myself that I couldn’t help being actively unsure of everything else around me.

What I can tell you, Max, is that any journey through the desert will result in the discovery of an oasis. In fact, I can guarantee that. What I cannot guarantee is whether or not you, thirsty as you are, will ever be certain whether those oases are real or just figments of a dehydrated and desperate imagination.

But, Max, the realization that saved me is that real things do not exist. Real things are created, and real things are made real only when they are treated as such.

“Why?” I thought, suddenly, but now addressing that ragged face shouting out of my mirror.

“Why not?” I thought, and I stepped from the hot sand and into the shade, and I bent down and took a sip of water.

It was then, Max, when I saw a sunset, flaming pink across the horizon, bloody just as my heart had been when I tore it out of my own chest and began my journey towards a Truth whose existence I had always doubted.

And I felt a beating inside my chest once again.

There is no point to negation, Max, and affirmations are always more useful than their opposite, even affirmations of falsehoods.

We should build with our questions, not destroy.

Regards,

Jiminy

The 18th of October 1993 – Belmont, Massachusetts

(found crumpled into a ball beneath a white jacket that was crumpled into a ball and stuffed into a white duffle bag that was crumpled into a ball and stuffed into the corner of a white, padded room)

Martha,

Come quick! Faster, please! Just put this down and run to me.

They don’t want me to tell you. It’s the shadow men, with the bags under their eyes and the grimaces stretched across their taffy lips. I know something, Martha. I’ve found it. And they don’t want me to tell you.

It is important, Martha, and it simply cannot be spread, they tell me, because if it begins to spread, it will not stop. My knowledge – NAY! Genius, Martha, my genius – will be passed from mouth to mouth, ear to ear like a wild plague. It will go and go until all the world is infected, but beautifully infected, infected with the disease of skepticism, infected with the glorious idea that all is not right with the world and that all can become better.

The shadow men do not want it heard, Martha. The shadow men fear the spread of my project because it will force the workers to put down their tools and the soldiers to put down their weapons and the mothers to put down their children on the sidewalks, and the children will crawl – alone – and be forced to learn for themselves.

That is why they have locked me in here, Martha. The shadow men, puppet-masters of the universe, pulling strings and making us all dance want only control and power and wealth and authority. They are there, Martha, and they can be ignored if only we are given an opportunity to learn for ourselves. We must question, Martha, and we must doubt. Everything should crumble in the face of our skepticism, until even the ground falls from below our feet, and we find ourselves floating in nothingness.

That is the path I have chosen. That is the path that brought me here, a path that I nearly walked in entirely until the shadow men tripped me up, tied me up and locked me up here.

But with this letter, we can all be redeemed, and we can be shown a true light.

So read here, the key to all knowledge and enlightenment and success.

Read here:

Peace wills that movement underneath kitchens where gummy bears sit now slowly.

Do you understand?

Spread the word, Martha. Let it go like a plague, then come to me.

The shadows can be made bright again, but only by doubting their power.

In the name of truth go,

Hector

“The Angel” – The 18th of March 1963 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

(found by the train tracks, stuffed in an empty can of Schlitz)

Dear Brother Brian,

Loneliness is an interesting feeling, man, and sometimes we don’t know what to make of it until we’ve got somebody next to us, screaming in our ear.

Maybe you don’t feel the same way, but I’m pretty sure I spent so much time alone but never feeling quite lonely. Then I spent some time surrounded by folks but always with this emptiness in my belly and these whispers in my mind.

Then I bumped into a brunette on the street, outside that Kwik-E-Mart on the corner of 5th and Broad, you know? And it must have been like when Mary saw Gabrielle. Man, there she was, the Angel. And suddenly I felt alone and together all at the same time, empty and full, sad and happy. Man, I don’t know what it was, but it was something.

She made me stop in my tracks, and she made me turn around, and I saw everything that was laying there behind me, and I thought “Man, that could have been better, couldn’t it?”

Of course it could have, man, of course.

Because when you’re with the Angel, whoever that ends up being, you always want more. Whether it’s six minutes or six decades, you always want more, just one more second to say hello or tell a joke or hear that voice.

You feel an insignificance. You feel a loneliness. You’re always going to feel that, I think. And – listen, it sounds weird – but you’ve got to appreciate it.

I’m never feeling lonelier than when I’m next to the Angel, man, and thank heavens that she’s still with me because that’s the only place I’ll ever want to be.

You ever seen something, man? That’s how I’d explain it. I mean, we spend all this time looking and watching and observing and biding our time, but I’m asking you if you’ve ever seen something, alright? Seen something in the way that you can’t tear your eyes from it. Seen something like you look up at the sky, and you see the clouds and the haze and the stars all beyond it and the galaxies even further out too, this endless thing that doesn’t even seem to have a start. Seen something that cools your mind and makes you small and makes you realize that you could be doing something better because how else would something like that exist if someone weren’t trying to do something better?

Loneliness is an interesting feeling because we seem to hate it, but we need it, man. We need it more than anything. It’s an anxiety, man, and it’s something that motivates us to be great, to be artists who create, and it keeps us savoring every moment we have.

Without it, just think of where we’d be, alright? Somewhere on a couch, wearing a skinny tie and sweatpants, eating chips and watching Boob-Tube. Content, but not fulfilled. Satisfied, but not enlightened, and certainly not happy.

Loneliness is an interesting feeling. Don’t let it overwhelm you, but just don’t be afraid of it. Just allow yourself to feel it every once in a while.

Brothers in Peace,

Brother Hargrove

 

 

 

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  12. http://beginninglifeat43.com/2014/08/25/going-back-to-fix-my-broken-tracks/
  13. http://hotwhitesnow.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/a-yucatan-sinkhole-in-my-dreams/
  14. http://immenselyalive.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/fatalist-no-more/
  15. http://bagandspoon.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/its-a-big-world-out-there/
  16. http://lydiansanyu.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/to-an-unkwown-destination/
  17. http://penciljargons.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/collection-moonlight-oasis-and-dreams/
  18. http://passiondew.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/reflection-of-hope/
  19. http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/weekly-writing-challenge-build-your-own/
  20. http://musingsfrommyid.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/build-your-own/
  21. http://kritimythoughts.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/losangeles-sandiego/
  22. http://tobreatheistowrite.com/2014/08/25/tracksbackward/
  23. http://capsulecreations.com/2014/08/26/my-hips-do-lie/
  24. http://pukahworks.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/challenged/
  25. http://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/paulines-dream/
  26. http://teachezwell.me/2014/08/25/i-was-uncertain/
  27. http://jemj47reflections.com/2014/08/25/somewhere-over-the-meadow-land/
  28. http://alwayslovinlife.com/2014/08/25/uncertainty-the-long-road-to-joy/
  29. http://hugmamma.com/2014/08/25/a-dream-come-true/
  30. http://maggiecarlise.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/weekly-writing-challenge-build-your-own/
  31. http://meaningfulmommy.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/walking-the-rails/
  32. http://sweetykannoth.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/in-my-dreams-i-envision-a-place/
  33. http://suzie81speaks.com/2014/08/26/revisiting-my-youth-and-wishing-i-hadnt/
  34. http://thinking-languages.com/2014/08/26/who-wants-to-be-lonely/
  35. http://finaletoanentrance.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/cast-aside/
  36. http://nickbrowniebrown.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/will-i-finally-be-free/
  37. http://littlegirlstory.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/loneliness-is-an-interesting-feeling/
  38. http://medicinalmeadows.com/2014/08/26/weekly-writing-challenge-loneliness-is-an-interesting-feeling/
  39. http://anupturnedsoul.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/the-zen-of-minecraft/
  40. http://thehalfandhalfblog.com/2014/08/26/what-you-dont-realize-about-moving-to-the-city/
  41. http://writingpromptsforrookiewriters.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/writing-challenge-from-the-daily-post-build-your-own/
  42. http://writingpromptsforrookiewriters.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/writing-challenge-from-the-daily-post-build-your-own-2/
  43. http://madmeanderingme.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/weekly-writing-challenge-build-your-own/
  44. http://fieldofthorns.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/the-lie/
  45. http://phoenixgrey85.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/familiarity/
  46. http://notapunkrocker.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/lost-and-found/
  47. http://caliten.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/loneliness/
  48. http://jamescleggartwritings.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/post-title/
  49. http://samanthaengchan.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/i-just-dont-like-you/
  50. http://myjourneytofindmyself.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/loneliness-in-the-search-for-belonging/
  51. http://reveriesofanimaginationjunkie.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/a-decision-towards-happiness/
  52. http://corkybloom.com/2014/08/27/where-did-the-time-fly-myspace/
  53. http://kimaedwards.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/writing-challenge/
  54. http://dont-want-to-exist.com/2014/08/27/tacheles/
  55. http://dalythinks.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/how-i-fought-my-loneliness-addiction-in-one-week/
  56. http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/seeing-with-my-grown-up-eyes/
  57. http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/chasing-mom-down-temple-street/
  58. http://worldwidesoulmate.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/loneliness-is-an-interesting-feeling/
  59. http://emo1956.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/last-night-i-dreamed/
  60. http://emo1956.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/i-had-been-here-before/
  61. http://tidlidim.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/writing-prompt-i-had-been-here-before-a-long-time-ago/
  62. http://shutterandink.com/2014/08/27/its-a-big-world-out-there/
  63. http://thetemenosjournal.com/2014/08/27/music-in-a-pasture/
  64. http://l5gn.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/vs-descent-build-your-own-the-daily-post/
  65. http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/in-my-dreams-i-envision-a-place/
  66. http://lifesunfilteredramblings.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/somewhere-only-we-know/
  67. http://faithunlocked.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-river/
  68. http://jahnavichintakunta.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/loneliness-an-experience-to-be-cherished/
  69. http://towerofthought.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/dream/
  70. http://silverleafjournal.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/2342/
  71. http://silverleafjournal.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/hide-in-dreams/
  72. http://bornkenyan.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/loneliness-and-all-that-it-is/
  73. http://laughagain.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/jai-deja-vu-la-mort/
  74. http://kaapitimes.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/tell-me-your-story/
  75. http://melanielynngriffin.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/writing-challenge-the-story-of-john/
  76. http://frenchtouchincebu.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/you-can-take-the-girl-out-of-maui/
  77. http://stephaniemartinglennon.com/2014/08/28/the-empty-nest/
  78. http://daysingrey.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/loneliness-is-an-interesting-feeling/
  79. http://smalltowngirlsmidnighttrains.com/2014/08/29/bare/
  80. http://rockandrollsupermom.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/crossroads/
  81. http://rockandrollsupermom.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/i-sold-my-soul-to-the-devil-and-now-he-wants-a-refund/
  82. http://kristineriddle.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/the-dark-path/

The 31st of August 2012 – Washington, DC

(found taped to the cover of an overdue library book)

For the Future,

So the Wheel of Life turns, and – whether it swings us up or down – we are wholly at the mercy of its fortunes.

Years and years ago, you stood at the door of a school bus, which – because of the tears in your eyes, had been reduced to a streaky yellow blur. Somehow, surprisingly, you stumbled on board, found an empty seat – alone, of course. You survived that first day, which was good because there were about a million more to go through.

A handful of grades later, when walking home from that same bus stop, you saw time stretch out in front of you. There were nine more months left to the seventh grade, and years more after that.

“God,” we’ll both remember thinking. “How much more of this do I have to go through?”

Then you blinked.

Then it was senior year.

“God,” we’ll both remember thinking. “Where did all of that go?”

Then it was another first day, more nerves – like always – but a few tears for the first time since that first day so many years before. There was a dorm room and a roommate and a kitchenette. There were hundreds of thousands of nooks and crannies scattered all around campus, and finally the freedom to explore all of them. But, somehow, none of them seemed to fit.

Then you blinked.

There was another cap and another gown and another diploma.

“Huh,” we’ll both remember thinking. “How?”

And, for the first time, there was no scorn, and there was no joy or laughter or frustration or sadness or regret. In fact, it instead just seemed unwieldy.

Because then you looked ahead, and time stretched on in front of you, but it was only there, without schooldays or essays, grades, exams, lectures or classes that you could use measure it.

What it always was, the coming of a new year, was a reminder that the world spins around a star that spins within a galaxy that spins, and for all that spinning, there isn’t much point in crying about getting dizzy. There isn’t much point in arguing for the horribleness or the difficulty or hatred or fear in the world. There isn’t much point in doing anything but searching for the good moments, forcing them into being and sharing them with others.

So that’s it.

-The Past

 

Check out other great responses to the Daily Challenge here:

  1. http://abozdar.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/ancient/
  2. http://abozdar.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/take-it-easy-its-sunday-morning/
  3. http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/another-season-gone/
  4. http://sweattearsanddigitalink.com/2012/09/21/writing-the-seasons-autumn/
  5. http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/ambivalent/
  6. http://itsmatthewburgos.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/if-i-could-daily-prompt/
  7. http://vexingpoint.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/daily-prompt-august-blues/
  8. http://psychologistmimi.com/2014/08/27/as-i-am-bored-to-tears-in-yet-another-meeting-its-an-honor-to-be-nominated-for-the-very-inspiring-award/
  9. http://thoughtsofajunkiemisfit.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-hues-of-the-school-blues/
  10. http://designersophisticate.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/summer-can-be-too-long/
  11. http://pepperconnection.com/2014/08/27/season-change-schedule-change/
  12. http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/school-days/
  13. http://agirllikemee.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/as-a-kid-i-hated-school/
  14. http://drdinoz.com/2014/08/22/the-first-of-warmth/
  15. http://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/spider-web/
  16. http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/daily-prompt-august-blues/
  17. http://afostinis.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/there-and-back-again/
  18. http://laughagain.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/end-summer-start-school/
  19. http://yichinglin.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/as-often-as-we/
  20. http://kevinsunny.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/back-to-school-ye-uh-nope/
  21. http://dcmontreal.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/the-sacrilege-of-going-back-to-school-in-august/
  22. http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/08/27/4879/
  23. http://veiledflames.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/dp-fall-is-coming/
  24. http://mariotypes.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-holidays/
  25. http://oneseventwentyfourteen.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/me-and-mr-winter-dont-see-eye-to-eye/
  26. http://mariotypes.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-summer/
  27. http://flippyzipflop.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/1178/
  28. http://kansamuse.me/2014/08/27/after-labor-day-the-world-changes/
  29. http://preciousjalisa.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/summer-i-didnt-even-notice-daily-prompt/
  30. http://mywitchkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/saved-by-the-school-bell/
  31. http://shesrambling.com/2014/08/27/even-more-happy-school-is-back-in-session/
  32. http://soulnspiritblog.com/2014/08/27/celebrations-on/
  33. http://chasingdestino.com/2014/08/27/august-ending-daily-post/
  34. http://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-first-day/
  35. http://torschlusspanic.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
  36. http://sarahwbartlett.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
  37. http://myjourneytofindmyself.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/fall-another-season-of-change/
  38. http://themasculinepen.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-learnings-of-september-now-come-early-the-daily-post/
  39. http://td421.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/why-i-like-back-to-school-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-kids/
  40. http://jahnavichintakunta.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues-then-as-a-kid-and-now-as-a-parent/
  41. http://pippakinclawz.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/3399/
  42. http://momentsthrulens.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/back-to-school-days/
  43. http://csaravg.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
  44. http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/08/27/daily-prompt-august-blues-just-an-extension-of-july-really/
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  46. http://biancapaigesmith.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/september-brings/
  47. http://joatmon14.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/thought-heard-round-the-world/
  48. http://chasenchanceranch.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
  49. http://practicallyserious.com/2014/08/27/back-to-school-sucks/
  50. http://oldmomsunite.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
  51. http://mylittleavalon.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/summers-end-a-flash-fiction/
  52. http://robertjepson.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/change/
  53. http://insimplewordsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/remembering-my-school-years/
  54. http://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/different-phases/
  55. http://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/waiting-for-the-bell/
  56. http://lifeisgreat0.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
  57. http://emo1956.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/if-i-wasnt-anxious-i-would-be-happy/
  58. http://debooworks.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
  59. http://traversinglines.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/tempus-fugit/
  60. http://jilliannette.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/end-of-summer/
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  86. http://kimaedwards.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/daily-prompt-goodbye-summer-and-hello-autumn-equinox/
  87. http://insach21site.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/good-old-times/
  88. http://thirdeyenine.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-of-my-life/
  89. http://risingrave28.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/schools-never-a-thing/
  90. http://weebitwordy.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
  91. http://endeavoury.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august_blues/
  92. http://thegadabouttown.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/daily-prompt-schools-out-forever/
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  95. http://chroniclesofvi.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/back-to-school/
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  97. http://thebippityboppitybeautifulblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-blues/
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