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Drawing The Line

I’ve been struggling lately with the concept of where to draw the line on people.  There’s been so much outrage in the past year or two about the bad behaviour of racists and sexists and homophobes, and deservedly so, that it’s reached a fever pitch. Obviously, discrimination, abuse or entitlement based on or against gender, …

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Mudmen, The Morning After

It’s been a long time since I went to a concert where it was just little.  The smoke in the air (from fog machines, not cigarettes, these days), the anticipation, the bands and songs you’ve never heard, but totally dig… it brought me back to rented halls and high school drama, and trying to make …

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Nudism

Yesterday was meant to be a post on nudism, and ended up on body positivity instead, which is another can of worms.  Not that I don’t believe in it, but it’s a sort of microcosm of how political correctness can hurt a dialogue.  The general idea is good, but the application often brooks no dissent, …

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Deep Breaths

Deep, deep breaths. Today is a day.  As every day seems to be a day.  I’m not sure if it’s the Trump effect or just a generalized stupid-ing of the world, but the collective intellect of the planet, emotional and intellectual, seems to dwindle by the hour at times. What happened to empathy? To perspective? …

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Fashion Let-Down

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love that Nineties fashion is back. I don’t love that the heart didn’t come with it. Example:  This morning, as I was scraping my car, a man in his early twenties, late teens walked toward me.  He looked like something out of a Stone Temple Pilots or …

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Faux Grunge

Grunge is back.  Or at least, the fashion seems to be.  Everywhere I look, I see plaid flannel sweaters tied around someone’s waist, atop ripped jeans and dark t-shirts, with wallet chains and Doc Martens. On one hand, thank god.  I love this style, and we’ve wallowed in Eighties excess for far too long.  There’s …

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Victorian Oppression

Or is it repression? I’ve been reading a lot of H.G. Wells books lately, his earlier stuff, the big stuff, but also, some of the smaller, less well known books like The Wonderful Visit and The Wheels Of Chance. It’s funny that we always seem to romanticize the Victorian era, that when it comes to Gothic romance or …

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Advocate Of Disestablishment

Sometimes, I write something down as an idea to explore later, and I’m not really sure what I meant by it.  I look at the things I was reading around that time, or what I writing about, and it just doesn’t really make sense. I think where I was going with “advocate of disestablishment” is …