Birth Defects and Superpowers

Birth Defects and Superpowers

Nate has a secret birth defect that seriously impacts his life. He’s lived in fear of being found out since he was a preteen, and it preoccupies his mind when he’s with his girlfriend. He was with that girlfriend of his for two and a half years before finally working up the nerve to tell her about his issue because he was afraid he would lose her when she found [...]

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When the World Ends

When the World Ends

The world ending today on December 21st, 2012 reminds me of one of my favorite songs, called “H.” Western culture is steeped in Abrahamic cosmology, and one fundamental difference between the universe of God, the Father, and that of say, Brahman or Buddha, is that it only flows one direction. God created the things, the things did stuff, then God came back and everyone died or lived forever or whatever. [...]

Welcoming the Rain

Welcoming the Rain

Meru is a rural region of Kenya about three and a half hours outside of Nairobi, the capitol. When my woman was growing up in Meru in the 70s, picking coffee and going to primary school, she walked places instead of driving. Very few people had cars, and the roads were all dirt anyway. Sometimes she knew it was going to rain while she was walking, and she started walking [...]

On Needs and Violence

On Needs and Violence

Shut the Fuck Up The cat’s litter box is stinky, and she’s sick of it. She’d asked her boyfriend to clean the thing, but he just didn’t do it enough. Plus when he did do it, he didn’t do it with soap and water or anything, so it continued to smell. So the argument started when she told him the litter box was making the room smell because he wasn’t [...]

How to Get Over Grief

How to Get Over Grief

I was 21 years old when my dad killed himself. Dad had left after a big fight with my mom. I had been talking to my mom for the whole week he’d been missing, and that morning was no different. I had to hang up with her to go to class, and I called her back afterward to keep her mind busy while we figured out where dad was driving [...]

Highlights and Humans

Highlights and Humans

1. When you look at a sphere that’s glossy, you normally see a white point of light, called the highlight. You can measure the highlight. You can see that it’s white, not, say, purple. You can say that it’s half an inch tall, and three quarters of an inch wide, and roughly oval shaped. These are empirical, verifiable, undeniable truths. When you move, the highlight moves with you, and from [...]

Chickens of the Southern Wild

Chickens of the Southern Wild

My woman brought me to see Beasts of the Southern Wild yesterday, which is a really interesting and gripping movie. Very minor spoilers ahead. A guy in the movie was preparing for a hurricane. He was running around in his yard trying to catch one of his chickens, to put her in a coop and bring her somewhere safe. He wasn’t making it easy, he was chasing after her, yelling [...]

Vastness Q&A

Vastness Q&A

Following up on the fact that you are a gift. 1. Why do we exist in the limited and disconnected way we do? What we’re experiencing is a game of our own creation. We are playing each other by imagining new ways to love and connect. What if we loved like this or had a connection like that. And like giggling, cosmic children, we embrace those whims and find out [...]

The Gift and the Vastness

The Gift and the Vastness

The Wave There was once a wave in the ocean, speeding along the surface, basking in the sun with the wind in his face, loving his life and playing with the other waves. He was always happy until he looked away at the distance, and saw the coming shore. He was horrified to see other waves ahead of him crashing into the rocks, breaking and dying. Another wave nearby noticed [...]

The Science of Self Help

The Science of Self Help

One aspect of the self help industry that turns a lot of people off is the lack of a truly scientific basis. I’m writing about the 6 Fundamental Human Needs right now, but there are no rigorous studies to back that up. In fact, there’s no way to even design a rigorous study that would support or reject any actual hypothesis about them. There are no physical structures in our [...]