philosophy

Presence

Presence is one of the critical components of flow, mindfulness and ultimately, bliss, or so every book that even touches on meditation or focus will remind you. They’re not wrong, but finding the right way to get that across to yourself can be difficult. First, you’ve got guys like Eckhart Tolle, who take the concept …

philosophy

My Why

If you’ve ever read Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why, or saw his TED talk about the same subject, you’ll have an idea where I’m going with this. (While we’re on the subject, watch the TED talk.  Don’t bother with the book, unless you need eighty-six examples written in 246 pages of small type and relentless …

philosophy

Universal Roots

I like the idea that we all come from the same place.  If the big bang theory holds true (and there’s questions, no doubt), then we’re all descended from the same “stardust”, as Neil Degrasse Tyson so lovingly put it. I often find universal origins to be a little constrictive in literature, and often stray …

comics

Pledged

October’s a wonderful time of year.  The leaves are changing, the weather is cool but not frozen, and Hallowe’en is just around the corner. I’m a big fan of genre fiction, including horror, so naturally, I’m drawn to a good psychological tweak.  I’m not much in for splatterfests unless they are in the vein of …

Writing

Meta Books

Like a lot of people with my age and mindset, I’m a huge fan of Fight Club, book and movie.  So naturally, when my daughter bought me a subscription for Fight Club 2 a couple of years ago, I was ecstatic.  I would have bought them anyway, but probably in digital format, instead of the …

personal development

Actions And Words

I get shit for it sometimes, but I enjoy self-help, personal development books. Yes, I know most of the practitioners are saying nothing new.  Yes, I know most of them are shysters. Still, there’s a fascination in it.  I don’t believe in the law of attraction or the power of positive thinking or that kind …

politics

Fear And War

Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios postulated that war and fear went hand in hand much more readily than war and courage, in the second volume of their wonderful fable, Pretty Deadly. I find that hard to argue, because folks generally don’t need to instigate violence to prove their courage.  Instigators of violence are often people …

Writing

Hello, World

I’ve been thinking about how to say “Hello, world.”  I don’t really have an answer. Part of the issue is that I spent the first thirty years of my life operating under the assumption that my intelligence would carry me through.  Blinded by personal dogma, I didn’t really understand who the enemy truly was, or …