Category Archives: Off-Topic

Thanksgiving 2014.

It’s a good thing to reflect on our past year and to consider the coming year, and the late autumn is a good time to do that. Something about this crisp, clear weather makes the celebration of our relationships and families feel natural and inevitable. Even a humble meal–which is what today will be, for various reasons–becomes elevated when prepared and eaten with mindfulness. Continue reading

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Interlude: The White Man’s Flag.

I can’t stop myself from briefly stepping back from our regularly-scheduled posts to add my wholehearted support for the people who are facing police brutality and oppression in Ferguson. It dismays me that so little has changed from decades past. … Continue reading

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Stories That Seem Like Pranks But Aren’t.

It’s that time of year again when fake awesome news stories break and turn out to be just big hoaxes and haha funny stories, burying the equally strange but real stories that break at the same time. It’s like having … Continue reading

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The Love Narrative.

Our journey into both love and that happy land of “books you really should have read by now and if not, then you need to get to it” continues today with The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle. You probably … Continue reading

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“I know,” he said, she said.

Long ago, in a galaxy far away, I got my first taste of Star Wars at a cinema. I remember lines going around the theater and around the block to get in. My mother, correctly, saw that this movie was … Continue reading

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“I love you,” Buttercup said.

The movie version of The Princess Bride is very good. But if you ever get a chance to read the book, I heartily recommend it. After the first fitful beginnings of this false tale-within-a-tale, a sort of comic inverted King … Continue reading

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Dancing Into the Love Shack with Sappho.

This week I’m going to be writing about love. It seems like a good time for it. Let’s kick off with these poems attributed to the Greek poet Sappho. I discovered her in college and fell madly in love with … Continue reading

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