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Picking Up Where I Left Off (Resurrection)

It’s been almost two years since I wrote at my old blog, Ink & Paint Creative Writing Services. I got to the point where I was exhausted by many of the political and cultural shenanigans taking place. I needed to stop because at the time (September 2013), I was so fed up with SEO (Search Engine Optimization), politicians – especially those who were tweeting photos of their “weiners”, the health care situation in the U.S., and the world’s favorite fascist pygmy, that I needed to put down my pencil and go silent. Well, now that I’ve got this new platform, it’s time to pick up the pencil and start scribbling again.

Welcome to the resurrection of Ink & Paint. Gird your loins and hold onto your knickers.

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The Sad Reality, One Year Later*

This essay was originally published on August 15, 2014.

*I originally published this essay on May 15, 2013 on another blog I write. Little did I know that one year later, I would be in the same position.

Over the past few days, the Internet has been abuzz with Angelina Jolie’s revelation that she had a preventative double mastectomy because she was at an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer. Additionally, Ms. Jolie, according to sources, is planning on having her ovaries removed, because she is also at high-risk for developing ovarian cancer, the disease that her mother succumbed to at age 56. I commend Ms. Jolie for her proactive choices, particularly because she is a mother of six, but also because she made informed choices based on genetic testing. While we can never be sure of our fates, it is sometimes a good idea to not tempt that very fate by doing nothing.

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