5. An adventure begins

When Lina was distracted, she found it hard to maintain an accurate sense of time. It seemed as though they were almost done loading her possessions into Heigr’s wagon just past noon, but when they finally got out to the streets of Serinand City, the Father Sun was getting ready to set. The “daughter” sun,…

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Book review: Staying Married in a Degenerate Age

a guide for TRADITIONAL men and women by Michael Sebastian Let me get right to the point: if you take the author’s advice to heart, and act on it, you will significantly reduce your risk of having your life torn apart by a divorce. You can’t eliminate the risk, because you can’t control your spouse’s…

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Moving Day

A chime sounded to announce an expected visitor. Lina’s heart raced. She wasn’t ready for him. Now he would find out that she had been procrastinating. It wasn’t typical of her behavior, but for some reason she just kept finding things to do other than packing. Lina composed herself enough to face the music. It…

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A big decision

eigr peeked out the door and looked down a hallway whose walls were covered in carved wood paneling. He could hear activity going on in a room distant from his own. He could smell food, too. He was still in the guest-room where he’d regained consciousness the night before, restless from waiting. He’d heard activity…

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Who is raising your kids?

ho spends more time with your kids: you, or daycare workers and teachers? What about you versus the television or computer? American elementary school students spend about 6 1/2 to just over 7 hours in school each day. Some of them stay after school for after-school programs, some come home to an empty house, and…

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More dangerous than real enemies

Austin’s attention zeroed in on Jason as he spotted him heading into the men’s locker room. He felt his muscles tense. He had an intense urge to punch Jason’s face bloody. He followed him into the room. Most of the crew had already headed home; this late there wouldn’t be much traffic in and out….

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Earning income in the post-employment economy

Two hikers ran into a bear, who started chasing them. One of the hikers yelled to the other one “You can’t outrun a bear!”. The other one yelled back “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you!” –Old joke Question: “What can I do to help the poor?” Ayn Rand:…

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A new friend

Lina and Azr were rescued from a deadly riot in Seranand City by a young stranger. With the help of another young man, they’ve dragged the wounded stranger to the safety of Lina’s cousin’s home nearby. eigr felt a persistent little nudge. He wished someone would stop bothering him and let him sleep. Now that…

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No good jobs, no good help

Most of you are younger than I am, so you might not have as much personal experience watching job opportunities dry up over time. I think most people are vaguely aware of the trend though, because I’ve seen internet “memes” like “Old Economy Steve/Steven”, which typically claim that the late baby boomers had an easy…

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Recollections of the future, part 1

Sally knew this was a bad idea before she even started out. Despite her misgivings, nothing was going wrong at the moment. She had just gotten off the bus downtown. It was a busy street, and business was good. On street level there was still shopping for items that were commonly-enough used to keep in…

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1. Someone

Our story starts thousands of generations after the disappearance of the Twin Sages, in a sprawling metropolis just north of the planet’s tropics. ina pulled Azr close. It wasn’t just the biting wind and slippery ice on the plaza that triggered her maternal instincts. Something else bothered her about the situation, but she couldn’t have…

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Someone else’s take on the post-employment economy

I’m not the only one who thinks you and your kids need to be prepared for a future that will be harsh and brutally-competitive. Here’s a documentary worth watching: Obsolete, on Amazon Video http://amzn.to/2kFn0qL If you have Amazon Prime, which is how I stumbled onto it, you can probably watch it for free. As of…

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