Stay Healthy During the Holidays: Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

This time of year, many people celebrate with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. People you haven’t seen in a while, experiences unique to the holiday season, and an over-abundance of food you might not normally eat.

It’s important to have a plan before you get to work in your kitchen, arrive at the home of someone with a table piled with an assortment of dishes that tempt the pallet (and the belly), or step into “unavoidable” interactions with people you might not even like.

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Living Life After 40 – Finding Happiness and Satisfaction

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

When you pass into middle age, it can sometimes feel as if your best years are behind you. You might even doubt that finding happiness (if you still seek it) is possible.

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ted Cook

Those of us in the older generations are labeled as stodgy, boring, and bitter. Our opinions (even among the darling boys and girls we raise ourselves) are easily swept aside with phrases that include some real winners.

“That’s old-fashioned.” “Things aren’t like that anymore.” And my personal favorite, “If you were my age, you’d get it.”

Ah, the hubris of fledgling humans who always know better – and more – than those of us well past the bloom of youth.

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Dancing | A Short Story

dancing-graphic-shayne-mcclendonEvery weekend, Hannah went with her friends to the posh gay club downtown.

Trish and Micky could love on each other without getting weird vibes from straight guys who wanted a threesome and she could dance with twenty different guys who didn’t grind their dicks on her.

It was a great night for all of them and just what she needed after a week at her high stress job.

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How to Calm Anxiety, Deal with Stress and Save Your Sanity

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

It’s rare that outside stress (from sources not linked to family, friends, jobs, health, or finances) has affected me so strongly.

Right now, the general state of the world is giving me fits. I’m struggling to calm anxiety that every news cycle seems to ratchet up beyond bearing.

Recently, I mentioned that the political insanity alone would leave us all with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Every day is a little more sensational than the one before it and if you value your peace of mind at all, do not read the comment threads!

I started thinking severe anxiety caused by the news might not be so far-fetched.

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Slam Night | A Short Story

slam-night-graphic-shayne-mcclendonThe owner of the bar announced her and she stepped up on the stage.  Inhaling carefully, struggling to put the presence of the other patrons out of her mind, and trying not to jumble the verses that came from her own head with the words already spoken by the other slam poets.

At the back of the bar, she saw him.  It had been almost six years.  She didn’t know whether to feel rage or fear or sadness.  She didn’t know anything at all.

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