The Wounding of Surprise and the Danger of Imagination

Surprise and imagination can be both wonderful experiences and dangerous concepts.  We’re trained early in life to find surprise in the world around us, usually juxtaposed against the wilds of nature. We are often encouraged to “think outside the box” and to reimagine reality in ways that can fundamentally change the way we view the world and our role within it. Nothing is out of reason. Everything is possible.

Continue reading → The Wounding of Surprise and the Danger of Imagination

The Birthday Gift

by Malaika Booker-Wright

I had waited twenty-one years for this day. It marked my adulthood and my independence. Therefore, the celebration had to be perfect.

I was single and decided to let my friend set me up on a blind date.

The night before my twenty-first birthday, I dreamt of my ideal celebration.

I received an invitation in the mail the morning of my birthday:

Continue reading → The Birthday Gift

Surprise? There is No Clinton Surprise

by María L. Trigos-Gilbert

Clinton! Oh, Clinton. Before I came to this country, Mr. Bill Clinton was the president of the USA. I heard that he was the president of this part of North America, and that his wife was the one running the show. Oops, I meant the office. Then the election time came back once again in 1996. Who won it? Guess.

Continue reading → Surprise? There is No Clinton Surprise