Hank was loath to admit that he’d bitten off more than he could chew. He’d just made Junior Partner at a prestigious law firm and had much to prove. Add to that a ridiculously high mortgage, newborn twin girls, and a wife who is used to the finer finest things in life and you had a recipe for burnout, or worse.

Hank’s upbringing did not lend itself to self-pity. In his father’s words, Real men take responsibility for themselves and their families; they suck it up and keep on keepin’ on. They don’t complain or ask for help. Be a man—a Real Man!

Bottom line: Self-care was for pussies.

So, Hank did what every other man in his family had done throughout the ages. He bore was seemed like a ten-ton boulder on his shoulders and did it with a smile.

For ten years he managed it. Then one day his wife took the kids and left. The note said she’d grown tired of being alone and had found someone new who would spend time with her and her daughters.

Her daughters.

A few weeks later, Hank was fired from his position at the law firm.

Now what? Hank wondered, as he continued to balance the metaphorical boulder on his shoulders.

It was all he knew.



Olympus Tarot–King of Wands


Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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      1. Yes, it’s a beautiful deck. It doesn’t speak to me though. Have you seen the Bruegel deck? It’s pretty awesome. I’m looking for the Victoria Regina Tarot now, but it goes for over $200.00. Yikes!

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      2. I have not seen the Brugel deck, and he is a big fave of mine. I’ll have to check out the Victoria deck too. Was that inspired by the Queen? I could see her being interested in Tarot when young.

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