“Written in Blood” by Layton Green

Youth possessed no perspective, he thought, the fatal flaw to all of its extraordinary advantages. The young are able to take bold action because they don’t fully grasp the consequences a wrong choice can entail. The late teen years were a mad dash up the mountain of knowledge, dodging bullets of self-doubt with thousand-foot drops looming on either side. And at some point everyone stumbles. Enters the world by plunging off the cliff, like Icarus falling from the sky.

Featured image – “The Lament for Icarus” by James Herbert Draper via Discover Magazine.

Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger (https://ivwords.com) nonprofit founder (https://theclimateknights.org/) and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


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