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Hell – Coming to A Theater Near You

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Cusper Lynn’s Revelation

The earliest I can remember being informed that I was going to hell was about age six.   That pronouncement came from another six year old who explained that I was going to hell because I didn’t go to their church, believe in their God, and confess my sins to their minister.   Prior to that time in my life most discussions about hell were as an option; a place where bad boys, liars and people who picked their noses and chewed their food with their mouths open went. (more…)

Holiday Gathering Continued

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 (Excerpt From Facebook Ate My Marriage.  Republished with permission from Hell Bent Press and the Author)

Chapter 60:  Young Loves, Lives and Life

 

“It really makes you struggle, to hope for them, and know there is nothing you can explain,” my mother said in passing as the family gathering was now pressing the boundaries of the house itself.

She was referring to my cousin Angela and her husband Tariq, as well as Kaylee and Omar O’Malley.  The two couples were talking animatedly in the way that only those who are in love with life and with their partner can.  Life’s rich tapestry is a glorious and beautiful thing, its unfolding path an adventure rather than a soul-destroying nightmare through which larger parts of your heart are rendered asunder…   (more…)

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  • A Very Cusper Christmas!

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    A Very Cusper Christmas!

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    Cusper Lynn

    My friends have been concerned about me. The holiday season is upon us, and I have expressed none of the joy that they expect. My usual exuberance and anticipation has been replaced by resignation and a nearly mechanical plodding through the hours and days that measure the remaining distance in time to the holiday that falls upon December the 25th.

    Historically speaking, I am normally enthusiastic about this holiday. It’s when people of good will gather together and express their faith in irrational optimism. There can be no greater good than the idea of a vague and unspecified beneficence to raise up one’s hope for humanity.

    For years, and long after the holiday’s more clearly identifiable fictions were exposed to me by the well-meaning and the vindictive, I sought to be the good I would find in this holiday. I could spend months planning and preparing. In the weeks leading up to it, I would sing, skip and generally annoy the hell out of those unable to find the joy of existence contagious.

    But not this year. (more…)

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  • Giving Thanks for the Tribal Gathering

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    (Excerpt From Facebook Ate My Marriage.  Republished with permission from Hell Bent Press and the Author)

    Chapter 59:  Giving Thanks for the Tribal Gathering

    If you think that the Thanksgiving gathering was a somber affair, of reflecting upon the horrors of the decimation of my domestic life with wringing hands and the worried faces of extended relatives, you would be wrong.  It was, as are all our tribal gatherings, a raucous reconnection of the extended family, with humor, food, stories, and games.  I was not in the center of this, but that was part of the evolution of family gatherings. You are in the center of them only when you are a kid.  When you are a teenager, you hang petulantly on the fringe, with a surly contempt – until a cousin who is equally surly and contemptuous cracks a joke and soon you are in the mix of things.  (more…)

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