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Mr. Sandman?

What kind of sleeper are you? Do you drop off like a stone and awaken refreshed, or do you need pitch black and silence to drift off to dream?

The original prompt can be found by following The Daily Post.

Sleep Is Not The Same These Days

Sleep is not the same these days,
because the cushion of our bed
and pillow of bodies no longer
meet in pair when the lights are out.

My view now framed with new perspective
is a slave to the passing daylight
and I find no reprieve in the coming night
when loneliness is nothing but shadows

I lay my head in the shallow crevices
of the mascara-stained leaches of my dreams.
There is no hopeful distraction; no wonder.
There is only empty darkness without you.

© Cassandra Buchholz
March 2014

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Hey everyone, I’ve been trying to write in a more professionally focused manner. Check it out here.

Cassandra Buchholz

Happy Saturday!

I’m writing to you from the breezy, 65 degree, mildly sunny day on my back porch. I am sure that I should be doing something “dire” like laundry or maybe disinfecting my bathroom, but to be honest, I don’t care. I really don’t.

Not momentarily. This breezy, 65 degree, mildly sunny day was earned, and I do believe I deserve a slice of it. Laundry can come later, and maybe MAYBE I can pass the bathroom off to someone else.

I say all of this to say that I am tired, and anyone who works 50 hours a week and spends another 10 hours in two different classes, plus another 2-3 hours on homework a week will understand or, I hope, empathize with me when I say that I really am tired and I’d rather go to bed, or escape from my laundry/bathroom.

It’s also summer — and…

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I’ve been having a fight with the CTA for the past couple of weeks with construction and me just trying to figure out how to make all my connections without arriving too early or too late. I am already gone from my house for almost 12 hours a day, so I’m not really looking to get to work SUPER early, but I don’t like being late either. Well, today, I arrived with a few minute to spare. Just enough time to take a deep breath before all chaos ensued. Today was fantastically crazy and I’m glad it’s over, but hey, I was early. That actually happened  today.

April 4

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Hey everyone! Again, I’ve been on another hiatus. I wish I had a good excuse, but even though I’m tired and lazy at the end of most days I’ve been finding myself without a lot to say. I’m trying new ways to stay engaged with blogging and remembering to keep up with other important goals as well. I’m starting a new blog and I’ll give a shout out when that one is ready. I don’t think it will replace this one, and instead  I think it will have a more particular focus to it. I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, as a way of making sure I post something everyday, I’ve decided to go with a photo challenge. This challenge (pictured below) has been surfacing around Facebook for some time, and because I do love to take pictures, this might just be what keeps me posting. I hope some of you will try it, too!

April Photo A Day

April Photo A Day

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I’m always excited about Brewers baseball…I get the fever, and it won’t go away until I get to see or hear a game from Spring Training (it breaks up the awful wintery feel of Chicago. Ugh.) But this drives me crazy. I wish they’d leave Braun alone. Braun’s “story” really doesn’t need to be out there, and there are other players’ story that should. Braun is a good player. After missing 50 games last year (due to last year’s escapade), he came back and put up the same stats as the previous year in half the season. Can’t we accept that he’s a good player, and not try to dust up some hearsay? At this point, that what it is, and I agree with Roenicke.

The Brewer Nation

The media spent some time with Ron Roenicke at Maryvale Baseball Park today on the first full day of workouts of Spring Training. Among his comments, he addressed the Yahoo Sports report that exposed Ryan Braun’s name as being written among the records of Tony Bosch’s defunct Biogenesis clinic in Miami.

Here is the original full article where this quote is taken from, by Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy: Roenicke: Braun story “shouldn’t be out there”

Says Roenicke:
“It’s a pet peeve, I guess, of mine: Don’t bring up anybody’s name and put it in there if you’re questioning it,” Roenicke said. “If there’s something going on and there’s a


definite [transgression], fine, that’s your job to put it out there. But don’t bring up names that you’re not sure of and then retract it later, because it never is retracted from the fans or the people that are out…

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I’m hoping that everyone on my blogroll participates. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Love is quite possibly my favorite emotion. ❤

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P.I.E.S. = Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Social. These are the words we used to check in during our workshops at our women writers’ retreat. I thought I might use them to check in with today’s daily prompt. What do I like I about myself in terms of my PIES? So, here goes:
Physically, I like my eyes. They are undeniably my blessing and curse. They show exactly how I feel which can be honest to goodness, heartfelt love OR they can be silently and ruthlessly honest when I cannot find the tact to speak my mind. I have known this for a long time, maybe since I was a child, but I have found a way to use them to communicate. Working with teens and children, a look sometimes suffices. It does wonders for saving my voice.
Intellectually, I love the way I think. I love thinking about thinking and why I think about things the way I do. I spend a lot of time coming to terms with my ideas and beliefs because I feel like I need to own them.

Emotionally I know that I can cry for many things, and even though I don’t always enjoy the idea of crying in public, I appreciate the fact that I can be touched by a stranger’s story — that I can feel so utterly human everywhere I go. I spend a lot of time uses words with “I think…” (intellectual), and “I feel…” (emotional).
Socially, I’m awkward, but I have come to love that about me. Over time it has been fun to figure out my quirks, and realize whose time it is worth to share them with. There are a few good friends, but I love them to pieces and it’s because they love me even with my quirks.

There you go — Toot toot! That was my horn. What about you guys?

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I finally finished The Red Tent over my holiday season. It isn’t much of a nail biting kind of book, but I did enjoy it. I read one part especially, though, that did sting and sent me crying as I neared the end of the book. The woman, whom the book is about, spends a great deal describing her coming of age into womanhood, and it took my breath away when, in a sentence, she had realized she wouldn’t be able to have children. I’ve already done my blogging on my baby envy, so it hit home.

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I saw Sonic Diaspora in Chicago, and it was a great night of music and celebrating beats and people alike. Check out Brotha Onaci and let me know what you think. 🙂

Brotha Onaci

As 2012 comes to a close, i am re-thinking my goals and revising some plans. In order to help with that process, i reflected on this past year and realized that i had a pretty good year! Although i’m grateful for everything that i was able to achieve and experience (academically, health-wise, etc.), this post is focused on my musical aspirations, beginning with Sonic Diaspora.

Sonic Diaspora began as a party in Chicago in May 2011. Now it is a multi-city cultural force that We intend to make an institution in Chicago, DC, Philly, and elsewhere! Not only do We continue to host the Chicago and DC parties, but We now have a website, a radio program, and are helping sponsor artist performances, philanthropic & community building events, and more! We have big plans for 2013 that We can’t wait to share with you! Follow us on Twitter and

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