Poem from Rob Brezsny’s book “Pronoia is the Antidote to Paranoia.”

earth seen from outer space

Poem from Rob Brezsny’s book “Pronoia is the Antidote to Paranoia.”

This poem is from the introduction to the latest revision and expansion of Rob Brezsny’s book “Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia.”

I’ve been reading Rob Brezsny’s weekly astrology column for over twenty years. There is nobody like him. you are an astrology buff – or just want to avail yourself of Brezny’s take on what’s going on in your life this week – just choose your sun sign (Aries, Taurus etc.) from the menu and have take a look at what it has to say about you (I’ve found his astrology analyses to be utterly accurate in my own case). He will give you some charmingly allegorical advice on what’s at work in your corner of the Matrix and advise you of your best bet-  re his reading and interpretation of your current planetary lineup –  for dealing with it in the happiest way.

“This is a perfect moment.

It is a perfect moment for many reasons

but especially because you and I

are waking up from our sleepwalking

thumbsucking, gumchicking collusion

with the masters of illusion and destruction.

But thanks to them, from whom the painful

blessings flow, we are waking up. Their wars

and tortures, the crimes against nature

extinction in species and brand new diseases

their spying lying in the name of the father

sterilizing seeds and trademarking water.

Molestations of God, celebrations of shame

Stealing our dreams and changing our names.

Their cunning commercials and bloodsucking hustles

are endless rehearsals for the end of the world.

Thanks to them, from whom the awful teachings flow

we are waking up.

Their painful blessings are cracking open more and more

gashes in the shrunken and crippled mass hallucination

that is mistakenly called reality. And through the fractures

ripe eternity is flooding in. News of the soul’s true home

is pouring in. Our allies from the other side of the veil

are swarming in. inspiring us to become smarter and wilder

and kinder and trickier, we are waking up.

.As heaven and earth come together, as the dreamtime

and the daytime merge, we register the shockingly exhilarating fact.

That we are in charge of creating a new earth, not in some distant time

or faraway place, but right here and right now.

As we stand on this brink, as we dance on this verge

we cannot let the ruling fools of the dying world sustain their curses.

have to rise up and fight their insane logic, defy, resist

and prevent their tragic magic: tap into our sacred rage and supercharge it…”

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Sky God…a Poem

tropical beach


Sky God…a poem

Some imagine a God that lives in the sky, cosmic and loving and time-ruling and more passionate than passion itself.

They try to please him and be as good as him and devote their lives to transforming themselves in and into his/her image.

This dweller on high – high in the sky and even way above the deep blue that lies above – what skies do I imagine he rules and how does he/she rule them?

I want to worship a sky God of the south… warm and fuzzy and endlessly Venusian, an embryo that houses the most artful mansions of the soul; bearer of astral mysteries and portal to the beauty of what lies beyond

The spirituality of the saved and enlightened, those noble chords in their most refined octaves – the Sermon on the Mount, the Ten Commandments, the light-filled maxims of Gautama Buddha, the Scorpio-sharp sayings of the Arabian prophet –
– let them laugh themselves into existence with all the sweetness of a baby’s breath…carried along by the gentlest of breezes that stir the fronds of a rapt and waiting congregation of coconut palms lining a moon-kissed beach.

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Ode to the Future…a poem

Spiritual Science

Ode to the Future…a poem


Future future…

Thee whom we don’t know and worship just the same

A future made of time as well as space

Of things seen and unseen by us

Who are awakening from the longest sleep

Bless us with thy nondenominational splendor

Grace us with thy unjudging, all-embracing all-accepting wisdom.

Give us an understanding of Einsteinian physics.

And lead on in the merriest of ways!

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Silicon Valley…a Poem

Silicon Valley…a Poem

Having spent twenty years in the Silicon Valley

It’s time to come up with a tally

of things that matter most

in this very special place.

Where the climate is so sunny

and so many are impassioned

to chase that big money

with ways to make things happen

with less brawn and more brain

And someday who knows

they’ll come up with an algorithm

to make the sun shine

when the forecast calls

for rain

But one thing I know one thing I can explain

and that is that in this bastion

of pride, smarts and power

where dreams sometimes come true

and sometimes go sour

that in this land of zeros and ones

much of the time…

life just ain’t fun!


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The Future of Writing And Editing

                                           The Future of Writing And Editing
                                                          by Erin French

Communication Is A Timeless Skill

 Here are some opinions and perspectives from a variety of professional sources on just how important written communication is today…perhaps more important than ever precisely because we are in the digital age! Continue reading

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Frozen Memories


Cody Lasseter

                           Frozen Memories  by Cody Lasseter

I park my car across from the house, looking for any signs of movement, but all the lights are off and the lawn is overgrown. Taking one last drag from my cigarette, I step out of the car and pull my hood over my head. I toss the cigarette on the cool ground, letting the raindrops extinguish it. I step in between the potholes on the old paved road, all of which are filled with water. My stomach drops as I reach the driveway, and I realize that the old tire swing isn’t in the big oak tree anymore. Continue reading

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Pay Scales for Writing Web Copy



Pay scales for writing web copy

Pay Scales for Writing Web Copy was originally originally published as “How Much to Charge for Web Copy Projects” by Rebecca Matter 

Pay Scales for Writing Web Copy

The subject of pay scales for writing web copy is crucial for anyone who wants to make a living in the ferociously competitive field of writing web copy.Rebecca Matter has given writers and those who want to write a very useful set of guidelines re the business of writing web copy for a living, with recommendations on how to go about estimating one’s fees  web work.

It’s the question that always gets asked, and never gets answered:

“How much should I charge for my web copy writing services?”

5 pay variables for web writers

And up until now the only answer you’ve ever received has been: It depends.

And for a good reason. There are a lot of variables to consider when pricing projects for prospective clients.

never Charge  by the hour

But during last week’s Bootcamp, I tackled this topic head on during my presentation titled “How to Become a Successful Working Web Copywriter in 2009.” And today I’m going share that information with you.

To start I’d like to first back up and answer the question often asked first:

“Should I give an hourly rate?”

The answer is no. You should never charge by the hour, and here’s why …As you gain more experience, you’ll begin to work faster and more efficiently. For example, the first time you write a landing page, it may take you five hours. As you continue to write them, they should take you less. If you were to charge by the hour, you’d actually end up making less money per project!

5 variables to carefully consider re pay scales for writing web copy:

So now that you’re charging by the project, you’ll need to think about the following six variables when determining your project fee …

  1. Your Self-Marketing Strategy
    If you’re just starting out and are looking to build up your portfolio, it makes sense to charge a little less. You’ll be able to build up your portfolio quickly, and at the same time warrant higher fees by proving that you can deliver results.

Newbies should charge less

On the other hand, if you’re a seasoned online copywriter with more work than you can handle, you should be working your way up the pay scale. You can afford to raise your rates with current clients, and go after new clients who will pay you higher fees.

  1. Your Experience
    Even if you have a fairly solid portfolio with a wide range of work, you still may have less “hands-on” experience writing certain types of web copy.
  2. Project Value to Your Client
    Why do good copywriters make so much money? Because their clients make a lot more money. So the more money your web copy will potentially make for your client, the more bargaining power you have.
  3. Client Size
    How big is your client? Are you writing copy for a Yoga Studio in Austin, or are you writing for Nightingale Conant? There are different pros and cons to working for either size company, but you’ll want to take the client’s size into account when pricing.
  4. Page Length
    Is the sales page you’re writing for a toaster oven, or for an investment advisory service? If it’s for the latter, the sale will most likely require much more copy. While it won’t always apply, this variable is a great example of why one price will not fit all with web copy.
  5. Time Spent
    With every project, estimate how much of time it will take you to complete. Then multiply the number of hours by an hourly rate you’re comfortable with. But remember, you don’t want to charge less simply because you’ve become more efficient at what you do. But your time is valuable and will become more valuable as you perfect your web copywriting skills.

You can see why very few web copywriters actually list how much they charge for their services. There are a lot of variables you need to first consider before naming your price.

…READ THIS ARTICLE in its entirety at http://www.awaionline.com/2008/11/what-to-charge-for-web-copy/

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Apps…a Poem


Apps…a Poem

We need apps to tell you what you’re thinking

Apps to make you money

Apps to make your day sunny

And Apps that are funny

Apps to massage your brain

Apps to clean your soul

Apps to make you happy

Apps to cure your cold

Apps to help with homework

Apps to check your math

And Apps to help you find your way

Along life’s tortured path.



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“A Negro Dreams of Rivers”

Langston Hughes

“A Negro Dreams of Rivers.”…I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.My soul has grown deep like the rivers. Continue reading

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My Country….a Poem

globe with flags

My Country….a Poem

America is a Christian country.

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country

Cuba is a communist country

Where is there or is there a country

Made up of People of reason;

People with hearts that live and love

People who seek knowledge and justice

And beauty and truth and don’t think

That they know what it’s all about

And therefore don’t tell anyone else what

To believe, and instead of telling each other

what to think they gently encourage each other

to think!

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