Death is the one universal part of human life.

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Have you ever had a recurring dream? A dream so vivid that it feels almost real, but once you wake up, you realize it couldn’t have been.

My entire life, I was haunted by one dream.

In it, I would wake up in the snow under a beautiful tree.

The trunk was dark, sleek wood, and it stretched high into the heavens. The leaves were red and gold. They shimmered in the light pouring down through the branches, switching between each color every few seconds.

The first few times I found myself in the grotto, I was confused and disoriented…


A short story about a normal family outing that gets interrupted by a very rude eldritch abomination destroying the country around them.

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A gloomy morning heralded the destruction of a nation.

The forecast called for rain, but for the moment, the dark sky merely threatened to soak Freida and her family.

Wanting to avoid the possible downpour, the four of them had parked the car and walked the cobblestone streets. It wasn’t too long a walk, but Freida’s father, Eric, had parked several blocks away from their destination.

Any time the children complained, he would curtly reply, “You kids need some exercise. It builds character.”

The air smelled moist to Freida as they entered a quiet cafe. This place was a favorite…


The view of someone who read the books after watching the show.

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When I started this project, I was in the fairly unique position of having watched the show without having read any of the books or played any of The Witcher games. I knew the franchise was pretty popular but hadn’t found the time to dig into it myself until the show came out. Now, after getting through these two books and the show, I think the Netflix series is an entirely separate work from the books rather than a poor adaptation.

I know that I’m a little late to the party on this one, but with rumors and photographs hitting…


A short story about how little frustrations can pile up into something much worse

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It began like many terrifying stories do, with something seemingly innocent. The sun was beginning to set, and a warm glow filled my kitchen. I was hard at work, whipping up a delicious Italian dinner. The only noises were the sizzling of chicken in olive oil and the crackling of the flames from my gas stove. That was when I heard it.

Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.

I groaned and wiped the sweat from my brow. The smoke detectors again. For some irritating reason, they refused to let me cook in peace. I put my utensils down and wandered…


Cosmic horror disguised as climate fiction. Or maybe it’s the other way around?

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The sound of a gavel rang out across the dusty meeting hall. A lone man sat center stage, coughing quietly as he slammed the wooden instrument onto the table.

“Good evening, everyone. Please take your seats, as we will begin shortly.” It was a late Monday night and the Mayor, Albert Scrimshaw, wanted to get through the docket as quickly as possible.

The assembled crowd of thirty or so villagers started wrapping up their conversations and approached the wooden chairs near the Mayor’s platform.

“Thank you, thank you,” he sighed. “Now, let’s see here… who is first tonight?” He shuffled…


Every species of fish is under threat from excessive fishing, and salmon is a prime example of what we could lose.

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“That ancient, primeval, undisturbed wilderness… the streams simply boiled with fish.”

-John Bakeless, The Eyes of Discovery

This was how the first settlers of the United States saw the world around them. When the European population and society began booming around the year 1000 AD, freshwater fish populations began to drop sharply. The oceans, while having larger populations of fish, would later feel the effects of unchecked harvesting as well. It’s altogether unsurprising that the settlers arrived in the New World, saw mostly untouched wildlife, and started a cycle of reckless, greedy consumption that has continued to this day.

Overfishing…


Every day we lose more ice and face rising tides. Someday, the poles as we know them may not even exist anymore.

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Several years ago, I went on a cruise to Alaska with my family. We passed through Glacier Bay National Park as part of our long journey across the Pacific. An interesting thing about glaciers is that when it gets warm enough, you can see chunks of ice drop off the main body and into the water. When I saw this happening in Alaska, I didn’t think too deeply about the broader implications.

You see, it’s perfectly normal for ice to melt off glaciers during the summer and even fall months. What isn’t normal is the rapid rate at which we…


We still have time to save the Earth

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While I was in law school, I happened to take a class called “Law of Climate Change.” I learned so much about how governments across the globe are handling the issues brought about by climate change. What stuck with me the most though, was a presentation by a guest speaker. He was a scientist studying glaciers across the world, and he told my class something fascinating. He said that our generation lives in a drastically different world than that of our parents. …

Jason Lettieri

Law School graduate turned freelance writer and blogger. An avid lover of stories, storytelling, animals, and Nature. Contact me at Uma.spies@gmail.com

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