80s hair spray addict Studio Line Mixtape punk youth 

Confessions of an 80s Hair Spray Addict

  I have a confession I really hate to admit – I was one of the worst contributors who helped tear a massive hole in the ozone layer in the mid to late 1980s.   I was an 80s hair spray addict, as were most of my peers.   Being teenage girls in the 1980s, we loved our big cans of Aqua Net and Rave as we curled, crimped and teased our hair and pulled our bangs up to the crazy “mall-bang” trend teen pop artists like Debbie Gibson and…

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Industrial is Dystopian Goth Music ministry-of-truth-orwell classic alternative dystopian gothic industrial music 

Industrial is Dystopian Goth Music

  I read a lot of dystopian fiction in the early 80s   Growing up, books were my only friend and helped me to escape my life both at home and in school. While other girls my age in middle school and junior high were reading Sweet Valley High and other cheesy girly romance books, I read dystopian and science fiction from renowned authors like George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Douglas Adams, and Aldous Huxley, among many more. With information like that filling my brain, it’s no wonder…

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trust broken dysfunctional family on the fly youth 

Hey, Print This One, Too!

  This year I will celebrate eight years of writing with this website.   When I originally started this site, I called it Emotional Violence, a line from the song, “Leave in Silence” by Depeche Mode. I focused on writing about my younger years and the battles I encountered with my dysfunctional family, mainly with my mother, whom I named Mom-ster for my stories. Now, when I say “stories”, these are not fictional – these things truly happened to me, and are from my perspective. Ironically, one phrase Mom-ster used…

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Goodwill art painting Art musings 

Thrift Shop Art Legacy

While perusing a local thrift shop, I ran across a wildly cool little painting.     I had to buy it just because it was so cool and definitely out of place in the thrift shop. It also reminded me somewhat of my own art with mixed media, glitter paint, and paint texture. It’s inspiring to look at and makes me want to dive back into my own art. However, my mind has taken a different twist on this piece of art.   The word legacy comes to mind.  …

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