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Mona Bethke

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Health Hiatus

Please bear with me as I take a brief hiatus from Blogging. I am dealing with a medical issue and the mind is not very focused right now. As soon as this is resolved I shall return, stronger and more […]

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A Pillar Of Salt

I know there is a Biblical tale of Lot, his wife, and salt, with the whole not looking back thing… I have been inundated over the past few days with an idea that has been prevalent since I was a […]

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Rant #1 for the day

Here is how my car insurance company (Geico) works in the state of Florida. Three and half years ago, I was rear ended and spun 180 degrees on my way home one afternoon. I had just moved to St. Pete […]

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Daily Gratitude

Yesterday when I got home from work, I noticed that my landlord put a mini blind in my kitchen window. I requested it because the sun shines through my window and makes it quite hot in my apartment. I was […]

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Education, the death of an artist, and eventual resurrection

I am a true believer in education. I am a also a true believer that in some instances and educator can kill an artist. When I was in High School, all I wanted was to become a writer. I journaled […]

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Daily Gratitude

This morning I got out of bed, walked into my bathroom, turned on the shower and stepped in. I was grumbling a bit because the water pressure was not so great, and then I took a pause. I was standing […]

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Untitled – First of a new series

I am writing a series of poems that will be accompanied by a piece of art. That necessary intimacy of mouth to ear, whispered revelations, not soapbox fragile slats breaking under the weight of a forced belief, one must believe […]

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My Revolution Will Be Televised!

That amazing epiphanous moment when you realize conforming is the quickest way to kill your creativity. I have NEVER tooted my own horn. I certainly didn’t want to come across as narcissistic or self-absorbed. There is fine line between those […]

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Aging and Death

Do we fear aging because it brings us closer to death? I can admit there are times I have fallen into that trap of looking at myself in the mirror and hating the new wrinkle or less than shiny hue […]

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Strange Fruit

I began an art project a while back, experimenting with several dimensions to raise my vision from the canvas. I am in the second stage of this project I call, Strange Fruit. I teach a class at the University of […]

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