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Looking for Signs of Life in the Android World

Looking for Signs of Life in the Android World

1. Adopting Hell has not frozen over. It only seems that way. It only seems that Hades has gone under the ice because I have done something so radical, so uncharacteristic of me, so weirdly against my espoused predilections, that people may begin to think that the apocalypse is truly here. But before you begin...
A Tale of Two Daughters

A Tale of Two Daughters

“You’re sure you have everything, right?” It was early. Four a.m. My daughter was preparing to start the next phase of her life, and I was complicit in the whole thing. She was leaving this morning this early to board a plane for Orlando, heading for six months in Disney World as one of the...
Elizabeth Gilbert on Success

Elizabeth Gilbert on Success

I love TED talks. They’ve caught on recently, but I’ve been watching them for years; they really are the original geek haven. This talk by Elizabeth Gilbert is just so good I had to give it a shout out and a repost. The thing I like best about Gilbert’s thesis is the fact that she...
Winter of my [ARTISTIC] Discontent

Winter of my [ARTISTIC] Discontent

Happy 2014! A Brief Look Back at the Fall Looking back on the blog here, it is amazing to me that I haven’t posted a single thing since August. Talk about a hiatus! I was busy, mind you. My girlfriend moved in with me, her daughters moved to North Carolina, we planned a wedding, school...
Creativity and the Divine

Creativity and the Divine

Nothing more to say. Thanks to Hugh MacLeod over at GapingVoid for doing such fantastic, thought provoking work!
End of Summer

End of Summer

Here we are. The end of summer 2013. High school football (and volleyball) is back, sweaty and raucous. I’m getting the classroom ready. At night there’s a nip in the air. It has been this way for as long as I can remember. School looms up and summer starts to fade, and with it there...
Art and the Wounded

Art and the Wounded

I can feel it coming. Like the series of bloated and violent thunderstorms that have swept through seemingly every afternoon- always when I want to get out on my bike it seems- I can feel the onset of a creative burst coming. It will hit soon. I’ve had some brief showers lately, too- revisions of...
Red

Red

It has been a long time since I last posted, a really long time. Sometimes life just sweeps you up and whisks you away to places that aren’t really conducive to writing. In my case, it’s two places: school, and, ironically enough, my living room. School is self-explanatory: it is nearly June and I work...
Wanting What You've Got

Wanting What You’ve Got

I heard a great story the other day. Listening to NPR, I heard this bit from Daniel Klein as he talked about his book, Travels with Epicurus. In that book he recounts his return to the Greek villages of his youth, and the bits of wisdom that he heard as he traveled throughout the island....
Light at the End of the Tunnel

Light at the End of the Tunnel

There are moments in life that require thought, and there are moments that require swift and decisive action. I have muddled through life- both writing and personally- deep in thought. There have been moments of action, yes, like the sporadic activity surrounding the writing of a story, but for every story written I have ten...