Welcome to The Shine Journal...
Recently I was asked for what purpose would anybody take a perfectly fine literary journal and change its focus to that of loss. My answer is that something deep inside me said people needed an outlet- a creative outlet-whereby they could express just one aspect of life and that is loss.
I feel in my heart that people clamor for ways to creatively address this experience. My soul tells me that there are others who could benefit from what others have gone through. Thus TSJ was reincarnated-reinvented-to meet this need.
TSJ is NOT a lot of things: It is not religious although religious points of view are published. It is not a scientific discovery of things supernatural, although there are such stories in the hopper for future publication. It is not a place where any one view is the only view or that loss is the same for everyone.
TSJ is primarily the expression of life's final earthly experience and our reaction to it, our walk with it, our understanding of it and yes - sometimes our fear of it. But TSJ is also the expression of other losses: loss of mental acuity, loss of limbs, loss of a friendship, loss of possessions - well you understand. Your submissions and email comments tell me you get it...
I believe there truly is a light left behind when we lose someone or some thing. It is that light, I try to vicariously capture on these pages, through the creative individuals who trust me with their works.
Now enough about why. Go see what words await you.