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I Like To Take Long Walks

I find a lot of solace in wandering. It helps me think.

A couple months ago as I was out, I came across a podcast that talked about owning your life and having direction — even if that direction is as small as making tomorrow suck just a little less than today. He argued that the days accumulate, one direction or another, then talked about how so often we let ourselves corrode while enduring shitty circumstances and people. Bad jobs. Toxic bosses. Manipulative relationships. On and on. …


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This is the first part of my short story “Eremos” from my site The Devil’s Take

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:1–4

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The wind brought no relief, only tiny bits of sand that stung his skin. The barren ground around him was littered with sun scorched stones, and he watched rolls of heat emanate from them like ripples across water. …


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This is the first part of my short story “Fireflies” from my site The Devil’s Take

“Stop looking at your phone.”

“Oh shit — didn’t even realize I was doing it again,” Mel said, slipping her phone back into her purse.

Shannon took a long drag on her cigarette while Mel looked around at the crowd, avoiding Shannon’s accusing gaze.

Groups of people were clustered around tables, standing together by brick planters full of flowers, or leaning up against the ornate, black gate that enclosed the entire patio. The patio blended with the open-air restaurant, Diaz, so that any clear distinction of inside and outside was blurred — Mel could smell the fragrant flowers and the fresh food anywhere she went. Within the restaurant a live band was playing to a full dance floor, their music filling the air as much as the flowers and food. …


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This is the first part of my short story “The Stage Play” from my site The Devil’s Take

“I feel like it’s all gone to shit,” Tom said. He put his hands around the half-empty, plastic cup that held the remainder of his lukewarm beer. He looked around at the other tables. Young men and women — laughing, smiling, and drinking.

A breeze full of the smells of summer lazily wandered across the patio. The deep, green leaves of the mature trees surrounding the pub whispered as it passed through them, shimmering in the last rays of the setting sun.

“What’s gone to shit?” …


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An Ohio man was in the news. He lived about an hour away from me. He died in a hospital about fifteen minutes down the road from me.

COVID-19.

The reason people have been talking about him specifically is because he called these quarantine measures “bullshit” and speculated about how serious this really was. Now after he has passed, people laugh and use him as both a joke and a cautionary tale. I’ve seen it on social media, and picked up in major news sites.

To echo his own words: I call bullshit.

I say that because there’s something really stomach-turning going on here. Something shallow, something vile, something that comes from the weakest part of a person. …


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Isn’t it interesting how we live side by side but have completely different experiences? Some people feel like they are living their best lives, others feel like it is the end of the world. This divide keeps growing, especially in politics.

In the heat of ideological arguments that highlight our differences, we overlook our shared biology as well as our very human limitations. This polarized climate makes me wonder if we are approaching a point of no return, as if we are splitting into two separate species. Is this really what’s going on — speciation? …


A response to US Attorney General Bill Barr regarding his speech to Notre Dame Law School in October 2019

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Dear Bill,

Having talked about morality in my previous letter, I wanted to focus on the rest of your speech in this second letter. I think we may find some common ground, but I feel I first need to address more of the challenges you presented to the secular community.

Returning to your speech, you argued that because people can rationalize anything then something external must restrain the individual. Because you disagreed that it should be government, you advocated that it then falls to the transcendent. …


A response to US Attorney General Bill Barr regarding his speech to Notre Dame Law School in October 2019

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Dear Bill,

I watched your presentation to the students of Notre Dame. It engrossed me, and while there are a lot of things I disagree with, I take your words seriously. I respect your sincere concerns and deep convictions. …


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“I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers in their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever known. …


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I’ve said this before in previous posts: I don’t have answers, only perspective. So when I share what I am thinking, I am not sharing it as if I am Moses coming down the mountain with god’s newest Buzzfeed article “Ten Ways To Please The Almighty.” I am just a guy who’s making his own way — sometimes doing well, and other times failing spectacularly. As one of my closest friends put it one night at the bar: “You’re a dumb fuck — I’m on your side however all your shit shakes out — but you really are a dumb fuck.” …

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Christopher Guarnera

Entrepreneur, software developer, and writer. Enthusiast of good stories, interesting conversations, and serendipity.

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