The Usual Suspects

Crime is the rage, the latest fad, a new trend.  It is the new black.  Depending on who you listen to, it is either a direct response to societal ills or is an instant builder of “street cred”. Exacerbated by illicit drug use and short fuses, one cannot escape crime.  Weeks ago, there was a huge racket outside of my apartment building at like, five in the morning or so.  Someone had broken into a local bar and it seemed that an employee wanted to call attention to himself by announcing the break-in on his cellular phone (close enough for me to unfortunately hear).  I heard, “they escaped through the side-entrance!  I’m not going in there, there’s a mess everywhere” and other epithets that I’m sure the entire neighborhood could hear.  Ah, the cell phone: one of the best and most annoying inventions known to man.  So try as I might, I couldn’t catch up on my beauty rest.  Nuts.


About Lisa Perez

Lisa M. Perez is a published poet, editor, copywriter, public speaker and artist. The co-creator of the first ever ArtSpace in Jersey City, member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), and administrator for an online Mail Art group, Lisa supports the arts and advocates for creativity. Her successful, Art Journal and "Notes from my Brain" series are ongoing projects that evolve with the artist. In addition to being an active blogger since 2005, Lisa scripts and edits copy for various online articles and videos. In September 2017, she was a guest-speaker and virtually chaired a YOGA Recovery meeting. In her spare time, Lisa studies, reads, and creates while maintaining a day job in a STEM field and being a full-time fur-mommy to her shih-tzu, Cher.
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