Saturday, October 16, 2010

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween Story Contest: Blackbird Sing

I don't know anything. I'm so afraid to hear the blackbird sing.
They say the beautiful song of the blackbird makes it a symbol of temptations. For the most part, I have been a fairly responsible adult during the course of my life. I live in control and in restraint; I have no weakness.

When I approach the enormous tree with the bare and scraggly branches, I see it is full of blackbirds. I should think something is not right. But with a sensible head resting atop my shoulders, omens never affected me. I could shatter a thousand mirrors and still live in good health and in good luck.

My phone shrills in my pocket. I do not want to pick it up. Instead, I gaze at the still blackbirds, with their graceful feathers and beady eyes. Nothing is wrong. Just a tree full of silly birds. I see them all the time.

My mistake is not picking up the phone. I am too busy watching the birds; they tweet one sweet note, then two, and I am enraptured.

Next, I am dead. Well, not quite. I am on the floor, I am not breathing. Blood surrounds my crumpled body, and glass has provoked my flesh. My eyes are open, but I cannot move. I hear screams, and I hear honking horns. A car, a car. I have been hit by a car.

I am taken to a doctor. "Hello? Hello, hello?" he says over and over again. "HELLO!" I want to scream, but I cannot. Five minutes later of poking and prodding, the doctor says, "Dead."

I am dead? Surely not. I can see. I can hear. I cannot feel, but that is because my body numbs with scars and cold and pain.

My mother cries. My father cries. My brother, and my sister -- dear sister! They all cry.

"I AM NOT DEAD!" I want to shout. But you know: I cannot.

"No pulse," the doctor says.

"No heartbeat."

"I am so sorry for your loss."

"NO NO NO NO NO NO." I bellow. No one hears me, though.

I cry. And I cry and I cry. No tears flow.

"Death be not proud..." A eulogy? For whom?

"...too young, too soon..." Oh. For me.

"...forever loved and missed..."

"...sleep well, dream well."

With a sudden panic, I realize I am laying in a coffin. It is dark and smells of pine.

Hands grasp it. I am raised, then lowered.

I hear shovels. NO NO NO.

I wriggle and squirm and topple over. Ha.

The coffin remains unmoved. Goddammit.

From above, my mother weeps. She shrieks.

"My baby, my baby!"

"Sh, darling," my father hushes.

The rest of her sobs are muffled. Farewell, dear mother.

I cannot see him, but my father, I can tell, is not crying, yet he is more desolate than anyone else. My father, a man of praise and affection, breaks down. I am his first lost child. I am so sorry, dear father.

Then, just one sound. A lovely, melodious tune. The one and only: the song of the blackbird.

I am not of superstitions, but as I say these words, know they are true: 'tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall. Do not hold your head so high that even the song of the blackbird can end you. Only the weakest fall to the comely, tempestuous blackbird. I am among the weakest, and now, have been buried alive. Please remain cautious. I wish you nothing but luck in life. Go fix a broken mirror for me. Live well and be merry.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Review of Food Storage Analyzer™

From Emergency Essentials, a food storage company, comes a quick and handy "calculator" that analyzes your storage needs for you. I had the opportunity to try it out, and in the end, I was pleased.

It was convenient to use; no difficult buttons to press, no weird technological fonts. Also, it was very precise. It asked for the ages and genders of all the people in my family so that the food calculations could be most accurate. Then, I was asked to enter in the items that were in my pantry: a food inventory. If you didn't have any Emergency Essentials products in your pantry, you had the option of adding your own food items. One of the neatest things I discovered during this process, was the "Have you noticed" tab. When I clicked it, it started giving me suggestions on foods I should stock up on in order to balance out my nutritional needs! How neat is that!

The last page was my analyzed food storage results, but it wasn't the end. After I was given nutritional information and details of future purchases, I was conveniently able to make new purchases of what I needed on the spot, straight from the Emergency Essentials store.

Overall, my experience with the Food Storage Analyzer™ was a wonderful one. Easy, quick, and informational, I know that it's a tool that I plan on using again. Thanks, Emergency Essentials!

And I almost forgot --you can try the Food Storage Analyzer™ analyzer for yourself! Just click on the red Food Storage Analyzer™ button featured to the right of this blog page. For a limited time, Emergency Essentials is also offering a FREE $10 gift certificate to anyone who posts a review of the Food Storage Analyzer™! So go on and make an account, and be sure to let me know what you thought of it!

Never done before!

first blog post. Let' see how it goes.