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// Monday, February 29, 2016

More Than Words

More Than Words Copyright 2016 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

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Snippet from an Imaginary Conversation

<Interviewer> How do you pronounce your last name?

<Me> The same way that my parents do.

<I> I mean, is there something about pronouncing your last name that we should know about?

<M> Yes. The Q is silent. So is the W.

<I> Your last name doesn't contain a Q. Or a W.

<M> Exactly.

<I> Exactly? Exactly what? That doesn't make any sense.

<M> Sure it does. On Nonsense Day.

<I> That's not a real thing. There's no such thing as "nonsense day."

<M> That's just utter nonsense.

<I> Yes. Exactly. Nonsense. This entire conversation has been nonsense. It's all nonsense!

<M> Well, then, welcome to Nonsense Day!

<I> Arrrgh!!!

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This text composition is a work of fiction. Names, places, institutions, events, incidents, characters, persons, locations, contexts, scenes, scenarios, symbols, glyphs, iconography, and/or organizations either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Full Creative Writing Disclaimer.

Signs

I prayed, send me a sign,
But all that I received was news of war; of crime.

I said, show me a sign,
But all that I saw was a river of red and a sky of green.

I shouted, GIVE ME A SIGN!
But all that I heard was the ringing of distant church bells.

I'm ready to accept an omen divine,
So why won't You send me,
A heavenly sign?

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This text composition is a work of fiction. Names, places, institutions, events, incidents, characters, persons, locations, contexts, scenes, scenarios, symbols, glyphs, iconography, and/or organizations either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Full Creative Writing Disclaimer.

Today's Tendril... (Remix)

In the fog of longing, or the frenzy of lust, good judgment is bound, gagged, and tossed into a closet.

And that's why regret is only viewable through the long lens of 20/20 hindsight.

Original version in this Today's Tendril...

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A Very Short Story about Some Friends

Once upon a time there was Integrity.

Integrity was solid. Integrity was consistent. Integrity was happy.

Then one day Integrity met Opportunity and Opportunity's odd pal, Shady.

All three became fast friends and spent a lot of time together.

In fact, Integrity spent so much time with Shady and Opportunity that they all decided to become housemates.

But after living together for a while, the darnedest thing began to happen — they started to look, sound, and act alike.

Integrity began sounding like Shady and Opportunity. Shady started dressing like Integrity. And Opportunity acted like Shady, but spoke like Integrity.

Things went on like this for so long that eventually no one, not even the three friends, could tell where one ended and the other began.

The End

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My5: Mind Worms

My5: Mind Worms Copyright 2016 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

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Temptation

Temptation is many things.

It is—
A tortoise, slow, steady, and determined.
A viper, quick to strike and quick to recoil.
A camel, designed to withstand long periods of dry spells.
A songbird, pretty, melodic, and ready to fly.
A spider, with many eyes and a sticky web.
A leach, that attaches and draws without notice.

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Weathered and Worn

Weathered and Worn Copyright 2016 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
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Today's Tendril...

What's the downside to getting all of your ducks in row?

They make easy targets.

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// Sunday, February 28, 2016

Today's Tendril...

In the fogs of anger and disillusionment, perspective cannot be seen.

And that's why we confuse being helped along with being held back.

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// Saturday, February 27, 2016

Today's Tendril...

It's easy to race into rabbit holes (and rat holes) when the long shadows of predators are far too close for comfort.

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// Friday, February 26, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Which is worse: an overdeveloped—and always-on-display—hubris, or an underdeveloped (and wholly mousy) wallflower self?

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// Thursday, February 25, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Stupidity and beauty have one thing in common — you know it when you see it.

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// Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Industrial Beauty

Industrial Beauty Copyright 2016 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

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Today's Tendril...

The trouble with headlines is that they require very little of the head's gray matter.

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// Monday, February 22, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Do financial love birds argue over their nest eggs?

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// Sunday, February 21, 2016

Today's Tendril...

They say a chain is only as good as its weakest link.

If that's the case, then a person is only as "righteous" as his or her weakest demon.

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// Saturday, February 20, 2016

Today's Tendril... (Remix)

The real tragedy of complacency is that it often goes unrecognized (and untreated), especially when delivered by the tacit acceptability of social sedation.

Original version: Tendril #8 in Tendrils 2 collection.

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Today's Tendril...

The firefly isn't concerned with lighting up the night.

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// Friday, February 19, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Having vision is one thing.

Bringing it to fruition is quite another.

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// Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Today's Tendril... (Remix)

Fly under the radar all you want.

Just don’t be surprised, disappointed, or offended when no one cares where (or how) you land.


Original version in this Today's Tendril...

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// Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Skyway 8: Storm Brewing at Sunset

Skyway 8: Storm Brewing at Sunset Copyright 2016 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
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// Monday, February 15, 2016

Today's Tendril...

You won't find salvation in 140 characters, but you will find plenty of confessions.

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// Sunday, February 14, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Love?

Any story worth telling finds a way of being told.

Love.

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// Saturday, February 13, 2016

Today's Tendril...

It's one thing to close your eyes to the truth.

It's quite another to close your mind.

And something that simply never lasts: closing your heart to the truth.

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// Friday, February 12, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Armageddon is a once in a lifetime event.

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// Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Preparedness is a virtue, until it becomes an obsession.

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// Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Which is worse — honest vanity or false humility?

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// Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Fight. Flight. Flee.

A true survivor—a true warrior—knows that it's not a case of one over the others, but the ability to know which one to apply to a given situation.

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// Monday, February 08, 2016

Another Today's Tendril...

Having "vision" is one thing.

Having "clarity of vision" is quite another.

And having volition combined with a "clarity of vision" is where the rubber meets the road.

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Today's Tendril...

A question is a flashlight.

You are the battery.

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// Sunday, February 07, 2016

Up Close and Personal: David and Goliath

Up Close and Personal: David and Goliath Copyright 2016 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
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Today's Tendril...

To inquire out of mere curiosity is a simple, spontaneous, and transient thing.

To be a true inquisitor, out of the necessity to survive the chaos and the complexity—due to a soul-stirring drive to know—requires: volition, discipline, imagination, and systems thinking.

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// Saturday, February 06, 2016

Today's Tendril...

One device*, under The Watchers, for shopping, tweeting, liking, and selfies for all.  [41 6d 65 6e 2e]

* Restrictions apply. Terms and conditions subject to change without notice. Location, PII, usage metrics, and communications collected automatically.

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// Friday, February 05, 2016

Today's Tendril...

Maturity is a mirror that knows better than to lie.

Or crack.

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// Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A Road Divided

A Road Divided Copyright 2016 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

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A road less traveled.
A road not taken.
A road to nowhere.
A road to paradise.
A road beneath.
A road divided.

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Today's Tendril...

Futility.

Sometimes unrecognizable.

Sometimes defiance.

Sometimes all-consuming.

Certainly wrapped in perspective.

Always realized at a cost.

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// Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Today's Tendril...

You're a casualty of your own silence.

Yet, how easily you find your voice when it's convenient to bend someone's ear about your "plight."

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