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Mirror Image

Clone. Taken from the Greek word klon. “Twig.”  I studied the boy etched in sterile ones and zeros on the bathroom mirror.  Chris Colburn. In a public bathroom mirror, his tiny picture surrounded by news articles, tampon ads, and movie trailers. But could it be Johnathan?  His face had faded from memory. And yet, these […]

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Echo

With her eyes trained on the dark spaces between the trees, Nadie signaled her brother to come. His soft footsteps whispered in the snow, careful and deliberate. Good, she thought. He remembered father’s hunting lessons, lessons from long ago. Hunter or hunted, the same principles applied.  His tiny gloves slid into her hand, warm and […]

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Boy Broken – Season 5 Re-watch

See the original article and its discussion here: https://towerofthehand.com/blog/2019/03/22-boy-broken-s5e5/index.html Kill the Boy Season 5, Episode 5 We open on a candle next to Grey Worm on a bed and Missandei. Ugh. She’s crying. Then to the body of Ser Barristan. Dany is looking over him, with hundreds of candles. The little people and the queen. […]

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Kissed Climb – Season 3 Re-watch

See the original article and its discussion here: https://towerofthehand.com/blog/2019/02/15-kissed-climb-s3e5/index.html Women in Power “Kissed by Fire” begins with Thoros of Myr evoking the Lord of Light. He is the primary focus of the camera and you can see how his faith has warped him. He looks kind of sinister. And then… Shoom! Flaming sword Dondarrion! This […]

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You Win, The Pointy End- Season 1 Re- Watch

This article was orginally posted on the ToweroftheHand as part of their Series Re-Watch. The other Season 1 analyses can be found on the website. The Point of No Return What a rollercoaster it’s been! After the first season of Game of Thrones, I had to run to the nearest book store and buy the […]

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Gone Are the Marigolds

Soon as I plunged the electric knife into its breast, I sneezed on the turkey and everyone groaned. All I wanted was to have this moment. These last six summers it’d be just me and my wife Amy. But having everyone at the table again after Mark left, well, it almost felt like we were […]

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Punch

If an acquaintance meant to be polite, they’d probably call Martin something like “headstrong” or “strong-willed.” Not that he cared. “Didn’t have a place in this world,” according to him. Let’s just say Martin was “obstinate.” Friends and family called him other things. Their favorite words included “thick-headed”, “narrow-minded”, or an “idiot.” Again, never phased […]

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Cairns

The sands were a river of fire under our shoes, its grains slow cooking us for the birds. Vultures above circled on wings of doom, carried by the exhaust of our vapid breathing. A gust kicked up sand and it lashed the arm I threw up to shield my face. Not far behind me, Gary […]

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To Catch the Sun

Grandma’s death was a long, drawn out affair, and rather violent by the end. “Damn you!” She’d scream. “If I could move I’d smite you down to hell, Devil!” She clocked me a couple times when I would move her around the house, just me and no one else. Thankfully, her strength was locked at […]

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The Public Sphere

Melissa reclined in her lazy-boy, eyes glued to the TV. She popped a few grapes in her mouth, wishing they were barbecue chips instead, then took a sip from her cup of cold french roast. She longed for her next cheat day; each grape felt like they shriveled up before they reached her stomach. She […]