Tag: July 2016 Writing Series

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What are you sensing around you as we land on the end of this month and spiral toward the end of the year, the end of the battle for the presidency? Seems everything is on fire . . . .  I apologize to Frost and appeal to your forbearance for my usurping and distorting his timeless powerful poem […]

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The hat is talking to me again. Remember the news it gave me from Storyburg a couple of months ago? Apparently, things haven’t settled down there yet. I just heard this scary report from the ABC Storyburg News Service – something about a fire in a cornfield and 200,000 lb. rocks falling from the sky! […]

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In Hamburg Germany 73 years ago, people would experience the first major firestorm caused by coordinated attacks of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Eighth Air Force (USAAF) of the United States Army. Conceived by Winston Churchill and Air Chief Marshal Arthur Harris, Operation Gomorrah was approved on May 27, 1943, with the night […]

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When I was younger, my family would often go on picnics on Saturdays. We most often went to a nearby state park. The park was only about 40 miles away, so it was the perfect distance for a day-long stay-cation. We had our favorite spots at the park, our absolute favorite site was on the […]

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A fire consists of three essential elements: fuel, an oxidizer, and heat. The chemical reaction between the fuel and oxidizer is self-sustaining (as long as there is a steady supply of both) because it gives off enough heat to maintain the temperature above a necessary threshold. Looking more closely at the reaction between the fuel […]

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Classic fiction crackles with descriptions of fire and heat. Consuming flame offers not only dramatic potential, but also powerful symbolic value. Passions smolder, infernos destroy, and embers warm. Even novels from the outwardly prim and virtuous Victorian Age seethed with fiery symbolism. Consider these closing passages from an essay on Jane Eyre and fire:  When left unchecked and uncontrolled, the very […]

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Each of us at a young age is told not to play with fire. But, whether male or female and no matter the stage of life, one turns somehow into a little boy, at least at heart, when around fire. The elemental nature of it awakens within a kind of fascination and curiosity – dare […]

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WaterFire is an art project that inspired an entire city. Most New Englanders know that for a long time, Providence, Rhode Island, has struggled off and on to establish and maintain a solid growth economy, and sometimes, as is true of many cities in New England, its wealth has sometimes receded dramatically over its lifetime. […]

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A tale of love and customization. Prior to Wildfire, I had never named a car before.  But my wife’s father named all of his vehicles, and he’s got a Mustang GT named Lightning, so I thought when I ordered my 2011 Mustang GT I ought to come up with a name.  I figured since the […]

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Recently iWe referred me to a lovely description of lighting the Sabbath candles. Off to the side of the essay, the Yahrzeit candle was mentioned. It stopped me for a moment. The Yahrzeit candle is lit by Jews when loved ones have passed away. Both of my parents have died. I’ve never lit candles for […]

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In July, the Ricochet Group writing theme will be Fire. In Group Writing, Ricochet members claim one day of the coming month to write on a proposed topic. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with a bit of accountability and topical guidance to encourage writing for its own […]

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