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Love Letters In The Sand: An App for Long-Distance Relationships

By N Mark Castro

For all you long distance lovers out there, here’s an app that can help you connect.

The iPhone app, Pair, creates a private shared timeline for couples that allows them to easily swap SMS messages, photos, videos and locations.

The app includes a feature called “thumb kiss” that vibrates when both parties touch the same spot on the screen. Couples can also co-create drawings, maintain a joint to-do list and send a “thinking of you” message that works like a more thoughtful Facebook poke.

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Because since you’re a big, fat …

Remember that …

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Ancient Babylon: New Year’s Partay

By N Mark Castro

SINCE the prediction of the Mayans that the world would end did not happen, and wrecked as much devastating havoc as the Y2K, and that Jesus the Christ isn’t walking among us today, I therefore conclude that God isn’t into Numerology.

So that party goes on.

US-based friends would invite me to wild parties they’ve got lined up while I check on my self-imposed chains and wonder when. Perhaps when the clock strikes midnight I’d be unleashed?


Who knows?

The possibilities are mind-boggling.

We’ll get there.

But if you think that your New Year’s Eve party is wild then I say, pooh-pooh. You don’t know how to party the way the Babylonians do.


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12 Steps That Bind Long-Term Relationship

By N Mark Castro

An interesting question was raised by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. in Fulfillment at Any Age in Psychology Today on:

Which relationships stand the test of time, and why?

The issues she raised are quite valid and questions the depth of a person’s willingness to take the extra mile in making a relationship work.

Here are those steps:

  1. Thinking positively about your partner. Having positive thoughts about your partner means that you focus on the good, not the bad, in your partner’s personal qualities and character. Ruminating about the things that bother you can only lead you to magnify the small foibles which will make your partner even more irritating to you than you would otherwise feel. People in good relationships engage in “sentiment override,” meaning that they remember more of the favorable than the unfavorable experiences they’ve shared together. Read the rest of this entry

Where The Sidewalk Ends …

By N. Mark Castro

Shel Silverstein shook the staid world of children’s poetry in 1974 with the publication of this collection, and things haven’t been the same since.

More than four and a half million copies of Where the Sidewalk Ends have been sold, making it the bestselling children’s poetry book ever. It’s odd poems like “Dancing Pants” or “The Dirtiest Man in the World” approach naughtiness or are a bit disgusting to squeamish grown-ups, but that’s exactly what kids like best about Silverstein’s work, the truth about them.

Long before Sponge Bob Square Pants and Bart Simpson inserted the innocence of a child inside what may be disgusting display of behavior, Shel Silverstein already imprinted it on every child that read his work or its influence since that day.

And I’m glad, even for a brief moment, I was able to share to my own kids the possibility of the endless, that they can be whatever they want to be, that they are only limited by what they allow themselves to be, and that, most of all, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.


There Is A Place Where The Sidewalk Ends

And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.”
― Shel SilversteinWhere the Sidewalk Ends

6 and 7: The Sandy Hook Killings

That’s the average age of the children killed.

Do you really need to see their pictures?

War of the Roses

By N Mark Castro

Breakups are never easy: the lovesick, the forlorn, the restless nights, the empty days, the longing, the hoping. Sometimes you wonder why it happened if it would end this way.

You can justify it all with psychoanalysis but, in the end, the loss reverberates.

So I’m not here to say it’s easy, Amber, but …

Nothing ever loved is ever lost.

I’m sure there have been certain incarnations in life where I’ve been both the perpetrator and the victim of a broken heart, but you suck it in, you grieve, you bury it, you move on.

Perhaps when you’re both old and gray, toothless and hairless, that’s when you’ll realize the magnitude of what you’ve lost.

Or perhaps not.


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It Burned Like Fire

One day, not long from now, someone will take me away. She will come like a strong gush of the Northern wind, storming everything in its path, wrecking every conceivable structural defense propped up, and leaving everyone destroyed.

One day, not long from now, someone will come and she will command me in ways I have never obeyed before, demanding every inch of my flesh, ripping apart any reluctance I may have, to conquer my soul.

One day, not long from now, when everything’s been said and done, she will come like a vengeance … prying everything hidden, unmasking everything covered. Of noble birth she comes, yet gives nothing but trouble.

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Throwing It All Away

By N. Mark Castro

hands together MJ

Throwing It All Away” was the seventh track on the 1986 album Invisible Touch by Genesis. The working title was “Zephyr and Zeppo”, which was structured around a guitar riff by Mike Rutherford (Mike & The Mechanics), who also wrote the lyrics.

This haunting piece was a big hit back in my youth, and to those unfamiliar with the ancient mysteries of arithmetic, that’s 26 years ago, far older than my assistant Rachel.

Wait, did I say in my youth?

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