Jan L Mayes

Quiet Society Activism for Community Noise Control

When I was a toddler, I would stand at my crib rail, wrinkling my nose at all the cigarette smoke from an adult house party. It was the hey day of tobacco companies, when people had fancy cigarette holders full of free cigarettes for guests. Rumours of lung cancer were just starting to get people’s …

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Gaia’s Garden

I wrote this poem about 5 years ago for a climate fiction paranormal mystery trilogy that’s still in the works. My idea was inspired by drought and summer fire destruction happening in my province of British Columbia, Canada, and in other locations around the world. My story takes place in a future devastated by global …

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April Fool Poem

My poems have never rhymed. Even when I first started writing poetry during my depressed teenage angst years. I wrote this poem in my early 20’s. Near the end of my first torrid love affair after catching my love cheating on me. What better day to share it. I thought when somebody told me he …

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Cymbalta and Tinnitus Cost Benefit Analysis

[Revised March 11, 2019]I’ve been taking Cymbalta for 8 years. My cost benefit analysis has really changed over time. At first, the only negative was the high cost of this prescription drug. The benefit was less pain and softer tinnitus. I never thought about the cost in possibly permanent side effects from taking Cymbalta for …

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