As Tho I’d Never Existed

Kelly Mahan Jaramillo:

Eric Chaet Poem

Originally posted on The 100 So-Called Poems:

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by Eric Chaet

I return to my work again:
it’s as tho I’d never existed
the river of cars rolls by
no driver notices me walking toward the mill
my wife’s redecorating for the nth time
it’s as tho I’d never spoken a coherent sentence
the president sends troops to kill & be killed
confident of their eventual triumph
it’s as tho I’d never left my mother
or picketed the Columbia, Missouri post office
books, recordings, films
pour out of Manhattan, London, Nashville, L.A., Mumbai
& reporters relay official pronouncements
they don’t comprehend or question
it’s as tho I’d never invented the wheel & axle
as tho I’d never set photosynthesis going
never lifted a weight, operated a press, washed dishes
as tho I’d never lost a week of nights of sleep
fearful all the efforts I’d invested—
when I invest, I invest myself!—
would spiral down the drain

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Published in: Uncategorized on November 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm  Comments (1)  
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Throw Beck Thursday: What We Should Talk About When We Talk About Guns

Originally posted on Why It Matters:

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Love them or hate them, chances are if you were raised in America someone in your family owned a gun. James Stafford tells his family tale of firearms, and of the event that holstered his forever.

beckI was raised in an era when two grandfathers was the norm, and they were known only as “Grandpa.” Context was everything: whose house we visited determined who was named Grandpa. They were men in a sense of the word that was fading quickly, each clinging to their cigarettes and their Coors from dawn to dusk, haunting fraternal lodges and fishing spots. Yes, and there in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, each man named Grandpa was well-armed, too, though only one owned the guns of dead soldiers.

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Published in: Uncategorized on March 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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200. Can’t Happen Here

Originally posted on Why It Matters:


I was raised in the shadows of major events. We forget that the ’60s spilled over into the ’70s: Vietnam and Watergate, school bussing, the Equal Rights Amendment, Tiny Tim’s Tonight Show wedding to Miss Vicki. The early ’70s were every bit as tumultuous as the ’60s, just with a Carpenters and John Denver soundtrack.

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Published in: Uncategorized on December 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

From the Stacks: Harry Chapin-Cats in the Cradle

Originally posted on Why It Matters:

My kids and I were in the car when Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle” came up in the rotation. “Listen to this,” I said, and I turned it up a little. “This is the saddest song ever written.”

“Why is it so sad?” my daughter asked.

“Just listen.”

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Published in: Uncategorized on August 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Throw Beck Thursday: The Things In My Pockets

Originally posted on Why It Matters:

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beckMy grandfather had great pockets. He wore denim shirts with mother of pearl snaps, and in the left breast pocket he usually carried a pack of smokes. Sometimes he’d go on a roll your own kick, and that’s when his shirt pockets were the most interesting: a drawstring bag of tobacco in one and cigarette papers in the other.

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Published in: Uncategorized on July 31, 2014 at 11:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

INTERVIEW with Kerrigan Mahan: The Voice of Goldar & So Much More (+ He Does “THE VOICE” for Us LIVE!)

Originally posted on Nerdy Minds Magazine:


The name Kerrigan Mahan might not sound immediately familiar, but we can almost guarantee that you’ve heard his voice. He’s played some pretty amazing characters in projects like Static Shock, Team Knight Rider, Vampire Hunter D, Lupin III, Robotech1989’s Dragon Ball, and VR Troopers. You most likely know him, though, as the voice of the iconic villain Goldar from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers or as Power Rangers Lost Galaxy‘s Magna Defender.

NOTE: We wanted to wait to post this until his anniversary of the debut episode…but we just couldn’t wait any longer. Yep, it’s that awesome.

Mahan is a true veteran, getting his start in the 80s and being part of the original small team of voice actors that did all voice acting work at the time. Camera actors often share stories of how they got their roles, but with voice actors…

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Published in: Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 at 4:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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KItty for John.

John –

I could not get this to work on Facebook, because they no likey people putting up .gifs. You have much more brainspace in your fingertips to get around this, but – – you are kind of scary that way.

So, here it is:

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Published in: Uncategorized on July 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm  Comments (2)  

180. Everyone’s Creeping Up to the Money God

Originally posted on Why It Matters:

chapter 180I know romanticizing poverty is kind of a hip literary thing to do, even after eight years in the White House, but being poor sucks. I didn’t feel romantic at all. Mostly I just felt sorry for myself.

The thing about living on beans and ramen noodles is that all forbidden fruits look delicious. Los Angeles offered so much junk food opportunity: Fatburger, Carney’s, Oki-Dog, Tommy’s, In-N-Out, taquerias, Pinks, on and on. I felt like some kind of Dickensian street urchin drooling over the plump goose in the window, not a farthing in my breeches.

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Published in: Uncategorized on July 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Q&A With Kerrigan Mahan!

Originally posted on The Monkie Grid:


Here we are again with our SECOND Q&A!

This time, I had the honor of corresponding with none other than Kerrigan Mahan, who you may, most notably, know as the voice of Goldar, Rita Repulsa’s right-hand henchman who had the power to single-handedly keep the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers at bay. He’s also the voice of the first Magna Defender from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. On top of that, he’s also voiced a handful of Monsters of the Day throughout multiple Power Rangers seasons.

Mr. Mahan has had roles both on-screen and off for a long time, having credits in shows like The District, T.J. Hooker, Robotech: The Movie, Initial D, and he even voiced my personal favorite character in Macron 1, Scott Cutter.

Anyway, without further ado, Let’s Questions! ———————————————————————————————

  • First of all, thank you very much for your time to answer this handful of questions!

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Published in: Uncategorized on June 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm  Comments (2)  

177. People Going Nowhere Taken For A Ride

Originally posted on Why It Matters:

chapter 177I wonder sometimes whether people too young to remember life before the intergooglewebtubes can ever fully understand the power of the bookstore, record store, or junk shop. When everything you want is just a click away, dusty things kind of lose their charm. I could live in the middle of Wyoming now, and provided I could get a Wi-Fi signal I could still satisfy my lust for books, records, and Nutty Mads.

But that’s not how it always was, and moving to Hollywood meant access to all kinds of cool places that I only dreamed of visiting. First stop: bookstores.

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Published in: Uncategorized on June 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

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