Author Archives: M. Ashley

About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.

WalMart: A Place to Pray

If, in the Great Beyond, I stand facing Allah, I will have at least these little things to show for my life. Continue reading

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Happy Halloween! Stingy Jack Gets a Modern Makeover

So they say The Devil always overplays his hand. We must be careful not to overplay ours first. Continue reading

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Charity Not Under Duress: Doing It Right

Believers putting their faith where their food is. Continue reading

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Charity Under Duress: A Nonbeliever on Wrong-Believers

Is it right to withhold charity from nonbelievers? Should you proselytize when someone is at their lowest? Continue reading

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Oh My Heavens: Full Moon in Aries

Today the full moon finds herself in Aries. It’s a time for action, Jackson! Ruled by Mars, Aries is all about fiery forward intent, drive, push, and going the distance. Take advantage of this energy and get things done, or, … Continue reading

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Orion Writes Religion

Two close encounters in one night: Hunter in the heavens. Hunted on Earth. Continue reading

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Adventures in Nash Vegas: The Holy Loop

You can get religion anywhere religion can get you—even under overpasses. Continue reading

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