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Rumination is the focused attention on the symptoms of one’s distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions. Both rumination and worry are associated with anxiety and other negative emotional states; however, its measures have not been unified.

ruminate

verb ▶ ru·​mi·​nate | \ˈrü-mə-ˌnāt  \ruminatedruminating

  • v. To turn a matter over and over in the mind.
  • v. To chew cud.
  • v. To reflect on over and over again.

WHAT we ruminate, we  ‘chew over’” according to psychotherapists. The word is derived from how cows digest their food. Cows chew, swallow, regurgitate, then chew again. This works well for cows but what humans chew over is our distressing thoughts. Ruminating, therefore, means to brood over upsetting thoughts by replaying them in our mind. https://bzfd.it/2SPviK5

Over the years, Bob Thurber’s work has received a long list of awards and honors and appeared in over 60 anthologies. With an established reputation for delivering lean, tight prose, his stories are straightforward and impactful, and his candid voice resonates, leading one to “undiscovered corners of the human heart.” His stories are “authentic and have enormous verisimilitude. No false notes.”

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Born in 1955 and raised in abject poverty, Bob made it through high school by the skin of his teeth. He spent the next twenty years working menial jobs while teaching himself to write. During that long apprenticeship, he studied and worked at writing nearly every day, refining his skills, before submitting his work for publication. 

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Since then, his remarkably concise stories (which he refers to as “small fictions”) have found homes in numerous magazines, including Esquire, appeared on hundreds of websites, and received numerous awards, among them The Marjory Bartlett Sanger Award, The Meridian Editors’ Prize, and The Barry Hannah Fiction Prize. He made Esquire’s top-ten list in the magazines 78th anniversary short Fiction contest and has been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes.

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A recognized “pioneer in the Micro and Flash crafts” he is considered a “grand master” of the form, and his stories are frequently utilized in schools and universities in the US and abroad as teaching tools and examples of concise prose.  For more information visit: www.BobThurber.net

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