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Coagulated Hope

We would have never known, if it was never said.

We would have never seen, if it was never done.

We will be what we will be, based on what we know, and it is a gift to see what we want.

We too often fan out away from each other when what happens together, is the memory that ends up being worth holding onto.

The shriek alone can lead to terrifying solitary depths, yet when shared with another may shake up the world to the honest point attempting to be made.

Satisfaction is tied to acknowledgement because we are a tribal people who really benefit from knowing when others know what we want them to know.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to connect honestly with another person and it is admirable when effectively conveyed to many.

Through all of this, it’s highly unlikely that everyone will perceive it the same way. Countless contradicting personalities express this truth on a daily basis through all the petty differences we all know and understand despite our beliefs on what is best. In the violence of reality and loss that comes with life, the fitting message that guarantees a better world ends up distant from the topic of digestible conversation.

What we talk about and say we believe is just as important now as ever. To be flippant in everyday conversation is such a waste because the day does not come when it all makes sense. Each day builds on the previous one with the confidence of going further being dependent on something already decided upon. Doubt can strengthen what we already know by challenging our beliefs to evolve and grow, but if left unchecked can reduce us to unthinking consumers who rush to the couch every day after work.

We are all suspect to this condition and will never be innocent of what we see and know. Still, we can rejuvenate at a moments notice when we decide to make a change. If then we decide to build on the momentum of this realization, then some exciting experiences will shape the future and bring us all closer to what we really want.

But first, we need to say what we mean. And when what is said is not understood, then let’s hope there’s a enough curiosity to figure out what the meaning was. Most likely, we will all have to say what we want to say many times before it is really heard.

joy cometh in the morning

Just over a year ago, an idea sprouted from some long missed conversation. We would put out a magazine of sorts, a paper of stories on the trials and tribulations of post-college life in America. “Let’s include some travel abroad stories,” said Chris, who had grown up in Western Europe and made his way around the world against the expected route toward the four year college experience. This made perfect sense in that the point of putting stories out there was not so much to impress upon a way of living, but rather tell of the experiences of both good and bad that contributed to growth. Sometimes the best way forward is to turn around as the fella who manages a large tract of land in South America.

With conflicting enthusiasm, people came and went. Fear came from risk of putting out personal beliefs in the wavelengths of the community. Threatening ideas mostly come from in. Every once in a while there may be something that we come across that bangs into our train of thought and questions the very meaning of life as we knew it, but with greater impact comes our intake of this experience and interpretation within ourselves. Sensation radically differs from one moment to the next and the long lasting realizations usually come well after the fact.

The great equalizer may very well be time, but there is no formula for acceptance and continued growth other than movement and the surrounding of each other by each other.

Paper Campfire

This magazine effort is simply trying to provide the written word that enhances social interaction and production on a community level. The first being, the foundation of the publication and eventual printing of a few copies to edit.

Our time outlined through the structure of weeks and weekends is maddening and beyond the business model of the coming year of 2013. The internet is vast with all the information that is possible, but with little to no organization. This magazine will attempt to collect stories relevant to Cleveland, Ohio and will include book excerpts, short stories, poems, news, restaurant and film reviews, and some other yet to be established topics. A goal like this is possible because so many of the readers will have submitted content to the magazine and therefore what they read will be a collection of people organized by an editing team. This is their initial note:

“For years the world has depended upon corporations for everything including news. Since the advent of the internet and social media interactions, there have been some attempts at creating an independent free publication for the people and by the people. This idea has been implemented before, but as soon as financial interests compounded the positions of government, the people no longer have a final say between the truth and what is commonly disseminated through newspapers, televisions, and even shaped communication by people through the internet. “It’s the death of journalism!” shouted every professor during college. Now that the present is here and people continue to move down the path that has proven before to lead to nothing more than circles around the chutes and ladders of corporate financial stability. The housing bubble should have proved to the world that money markets all end in collapse as one side topples the other in a world without heroes. Today, celebrities, politicians, media figures, and corporate executives take the spotlights even when they go out of style. Sure there are smaller groups that pop up now and then, some producing amazing creative feats that invites them into the next level with the decision makers. As soon as Bob Dylan reached those tables of back patters and certificates of appreciation, he in a drunken slur, told them all that they were old and he was young. Cryptic as ever, the facts remain behind those who control society from a financial point of view. The problem’s come when the financial decision makers interact with societal decision makers, especially in America these days.”

All of the above is part of the draft content and is subject to revision for the physical version of Paper Campfire. Please take your time to think on what you would like to include in this production because it is part yours.