A tale of ayahuasca

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Photo by Walter Rhein

We’d come by sputtering boat, weaving through the dark waters of the Amazon, splashed by pink, freshwater dolphins that broke the surface and scared the pants off us.

“Don’t swim in the water,” the guide said.

“Why not?”

“Because there are piranhas.”

A short while later the boat’s motor started to expel a reeking cloud of black smoke. Silence descended, the roar of functional machinery fading out behind us.

“You’ll have to swim to shore.”

“And the piranhas?”

“Don’t worry about them.”

Bedraggled, we made it to the far bank, coughing as we pulled ourselves out of the water with all our fingers and toes intact. …

The Pope finally admitted they were wrong

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Photo by Jasmin Sessler on Unsplash

Yesterday I glanced up at the television and noticed a message scrolling along the bottom of my television:

Pope Francis has declared support for civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time, according to the Catholic News Agency — CNN

My first response was to celebrate. In the midst of the most divisive election in US history, any news that a powerful organization is going to stop pressuring an oppressed group is highly welcome. However, after I thought about it for a few more minutes, I determined that my overriding response was rage.

Thanks, Catholic Church for declaring you’ll be decent going forward, however, this declaration does not absolve you of the sins of your past. …

What would it be like to meet your favorite writer?

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Roald Dahl By Carl Van Vechten, 1954/Library of Congress. License: Fallin in the open (Public Domain)

When I imagine meeting Roald Dahl, I think of the countryside. I picture the fjords of Norway or a quiet cobblestone road that leads to an English prep school. I think of summer breezes and the smell of chocolate and the eagerness and the tirelessness of youth.

The wind-up

Dahl would approach at a stroll, probably smoking, with a stern face but twinkling eyes. …


Walter Rhein

Small press writer with Perseid Press, Burning Bulb Publishing, and Harren Press. I have a web page about Peru at www.StreetsOfLima.com. walterrhein@gmail.com

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