I deliberately march through the valley of adversity summoning demons from the darkness of the forest Creating my own Shivering, skin prickling I breathe deep and close my eyes before hewing them down. It is brutal and beautiful. Blood stains my grim smile until it’s washed away by tears and I find myself in the swamp of […]

A Mantra for the Searching Soul

When in doubt, create. Let this be the mantra of the craftsman and the artist, but not them alone. Let this be the mantra for all people who wish to Live. Let this be the rallying cry of humanity, the words stitched to the banner of human progression, the epitaph etched on every gravestone across […]

Metaphysical Reassurance: 5 Cents

Most unanswerable questions have an easy answer. Of course that doesn’t mean that it’s the right answer—there is no right answer to an unanswerable question. We call those Questions ‘unanswerable’ because we can never be certain what the answers are, but humans have been tossing out possibilities since the beginning of our fragile history. How […]

On Jaywalking

  I’m a jaywalker. This isn’t something I’m proud of but I am not ashamed of it either, and I am prepared to support my decision to live the felonious life of a criminal crosser. Firstly, because my methods are pure: I always look both ways to ensure that no cars or bikes are coming, […]

The New American Dream

Would you rather be rich or famous? For most of human history those were one and the same—power was so consolidated that if you were anyone with influence, then you had lots of wealth (a causal relation that went both ways). In ancient times, think kings and emperors—really anyone from bygone eras whose name is […]

The Facts of Feelings

  John Oliver’s show covering the RNC convention had an extended piece in which he examined the Republican party’s embracing of feelings over facts—or rather, that the Party is willing to equate and substitute the two interchangeably. It was in the standard vein of Oliver’s mentor, Jon Stewart, whose tenure at the Daily Show was […]

The Last Light

There is no sadder blue than the blue of the world after the sun sets, and that color knows a thing or two about sadness. It is a deep, contemplative sadness, respectful of the recently deceased. It is the sadness of a sudden loss, but one that has long known to be inevitable. The world […]