The Best of Mad Swirl : 07.13.24

The Best of Mad Swirl : 07.13.24
To ALL Mad Swirlers: We rarely ask for help but when we do, it's for a most excellent cause! Mad Swirl has a few projects in the works (website redesign, printing poetry/prose collections, etc.) but to accomplish these we are asking for your help. If you can spare a dollar (or few), every cent donated will go towards[read more]

Donate to the Mad (r)Evolution

Donate to the Mad (r)Evolution
To you Mad lovers of all things Swirl: We Mad Staffers periodically get together to discuss projects we want to do to extend the radius of Mad Swirl. We feel its current pulling & compelling us to do more. But it takes funds to do so. To date, Mad Swirl has funded a few of our projects[read more]

Donate to the Mad (r)Evolution

Donate to the Mad (r)Evolution
To you Mad lovers of all things Swirl: We Mad Staffers periodically get together to discuss projects we want to do to extend the radius of Mad Swirl. We feel its current pulling & compelling us to do more. But it takes funds to do so. To date, Mad Swirl has funded a few of our projects[read more]

Inside the Eye : Q2 2024

Inside the Eye : Q2 2024
Give us a listen on Patreon OR give a listen on Spotify! Welcome to Mad Swirl's second installment of "Inside the Eye" coming from Dallas, Texas! Join hosts Johnny O (Founder, Chief Editor, Creative Director) and MH Clay (Poetry Editor, right hand Mad man) as they once again swirl up some podcasting madness! In this quarter's episode of "Inside the[read more]

The Impossible

The impossible
Is all I ever ask.

The impossible is
All anyone asks of me.

I wish there was
A space

Somewhere
In between

What can be done
And what is needed.

Let me know
If you find it.

I never can.

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The Chronicles of Tebo the Abo

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Store Policy

Store Policy

Yesterday, James Westgate dropped his wallet in the parking lot after shopping at the Tall Corn Organic Grocery. An elderly lady, a Mrs. Masterson, picked it up and turned it into the store’s lost and found at the service counter. Having looked everywhere with no luck, James decided he must have lost his wallet while shopping at the grocery. When he arrived there, James approached a man standing behind the service counter. “Good morning, I’m James Westgate. I may have lost my wallet while shopping here yesterday. Could you check to see[read more]