Five Miles from Texas


It was dark in Oklahoma when the warning for my car battery came on. The lit symbol glowed orange, contrasting against the green glow of the dash giving my speed. I used my phone to thumb in a google search. I know little about cars and google gave me less.

Piece by piece my car’s electronics shut down. I lost the radio, the dash, and then my power steering and headlights. They cut out just as a semi passed me, the car barely under my control. I muscled the wheel to keep me off the big rig but still hurtling toward an exit. I coasted onto an off-ramp and was able to swing to the shoulder. I could see the makings of a tiny town maybe a quarter mile down the road. I stepped out and got to walking. The air was warm, the world black. A sign set in…

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Author: Grandtrines

Like so many people, I am a paradox. I am a politically conservative vegetarian. I am from a Christian background, and still tend to like those values, but am a metaphysical astrologer trained in science who has an interest in the magic of ancient Egypt and a weird belief that some piece of our essence can live on a server. I live in Texas, but like chatting with my international Wordpress pals the best. I learn by teaching. Technically, I am a "Leo," but I am very, very Aquarian with a dose of Scorpio. I bitterly complain about Algol (and Algol personaliites), yet it is the one star that defines me most (other than Regulus). (Which, oddly, makes me an Algol personality.) I am a reclusive lover of peace and quiet who has the Ascendant in the Via Combusta (the most conflict ridden part of the zodiac). I am an incredibly private person with a blog with over 800 followers and 50 to 150 regular daily visitors. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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