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Christmas Eve

I don’t actually believe in Jesus as anything other than a nice man from a long time ago whose philosophy has been badly perverted by greed-and-power structures around the world, but I like Christmas. I’m lucky in that I have a family that is very close and gets along well, without too much in the …

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Parental Units

A lot of people my age are starting to lose parents. Luckily for me, both of mine have survived, as have my wife’s.  Family is critically important to me, and no matter what other interests I have (save writing and creation), all of them are subject to time with my family. Of all the things …

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Nieces

Today is my youngest niece’s tenth birthday. It’s weird to me to think back on that pink, squirming little human that got shoved in my inexpert arms so many years ago.  I was afraid to touch her, and despite intellectually knowing she was family, it never occurred to me at the time that she was …

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Brother’s Birthday

It’s my older brother’s birthday.  From him, I’ve inherited a love of the alternative, and a disdain for difference for difference’s sake, as well as two wonderfully precocious nieces. I don’t have kids and don’t plan on having them, so it’s awesome to have a couple of quick-witted and wondrous kids around with whom to …

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Water

I’m in love with the water.  I’m never as comfortable as I am when I’m submerged.  I used to think this was an allusion to how I liked to immerse myself in things, like books or comics or a writing project. It’s really an expansion of the whole expanding worlds concept. Water is a primal …

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Enthusiasm (And The Tendency To Curb It)

I don’t think there’s any better feeling in the world than getting totally engrossed in something. I mentioned before that I’m all about expanding worlds, mine and others, so when I find a new world with a rich history to delve through, whether it’s a book on Roman politics in the time of Nero or …

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Golden Circle

There’s a popular TED talk by Simon Sinek around the power of Why.  In fact, he followed that up with a whole book called Start With Why, that took the concept in his talk (which lasted roughly 20 minutes), and made it last several hours, with no variation on theme. I thought it an odd choice …

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Death As Atoms In The Stars

I saw or read somewhere that our atoms are constantly leaving us, and new ones coming in.  That every seven years, roughly, we are born anew, all the atoms in our body replaced by transient nature of the universe’s building blocks. Then, when we die, our atoms slowly disperse into the world around us, and …

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Letter To Chuck Palahniuk

Dear Chuck, I wanted to thank you for Fight Club 2. I see some haven’t been kind to it, but I think they’ve missed the point. I re-read it a few times, and ultimately came to the conclusion, that while it seems like a disappointing ending at first, on further examinations, its layers are readily …

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The Big Empty

I often feel drained.  Empty.  Like I desperately need my cup filled with some kind of something: hope, motivation, inspiration, stimulation, creation, something. I think about the space between a lot.  Most of a molecule is empty space.  Same with atoms.  Same with the universe. Part of me can’t help but wonder if the empty …