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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Best of 2018: Part Three

This year, we decided to let the writers speak for themselves.

Best of 2018: Part Two

This year, we decided to let the writers speak for themselves.

Best of 2018: Part One

This year, we decided to let the writers speak for themselves.

Anchor

The problem is not that progressive folks misidentify problems.

Unraveled and Well

[Untitled] is cathartic—not because it offers any clear-cut wisdom but because it tells personal stories honestly, which might actually be real wisdom.

What’s in a Name?

It wasn’t stated aloud, but the message between the lines was this: You’re the last Meekhof.

Are You The One?

Are You The One?

by | Dec 25, 2018

“I just need to know if it’s worth hoping,” we say. “Is this guy the One or not?”

Tallow Lights

Tallow Lights

On this aðfangadagskvöld, it’s my duty to tell you specifically about the final Yule Lad, who arrives tonight. His name is Kertasníkir, and if you know Icelandic, you’re clutching your candles.

Wrapped in Significance: Christmas Art History 102

Wrapped in Significance: Christmas Art History 102

Because of these human details within the Nativity story, the tiny family huddled in a barn in Bethlehem so long ago feel as close as our own memories.

NYT Cooking: Recipes in Review

NYT Cooking: Recipes in Review

The shine has yet to wear off and the subscription has been completely satisfying.

Excuses for Picking Pockets

Excuses for Picking Pockets

And Christmas is a holiday of obligation.

The 2018 Golden Gabe Awards

The 2018 Golden Gabe Awards

Live from the sugar-buzzed frontal lobe of Gabe Gunnink, welcome to the twenty-ninth annual Golden Gabe Awards! And now, your hosts for the evening, ladies and gentlemen, Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova!

Bumper Twitter

Bumper Twitter

To have a place on my car, something would need to be meaningful enough that I find value in saying it, but still simple enough that I would stand behind any reasonable interpretation someone would have of it.

All I Want for Christmas Is You (and Single-Payer Healthcare)

All I Want for Christmas Is You (and Single-Payer Healthcare)

We call this tradition—because why wouldn’t we—our “Filling Out of the Carle Foundation Hospital’s Application for Financial Assistance Christmas Tradition,” or FOCFHAFACT, for short.

Liner Notes with Tony, Part III: syLAble

Liner Notes with Tony, Part III: syLAble

Here I’ve compiled a list of songs containing one of my favorite lyrical quirks: emphasizing the wrong syllable of a word, but making it work.

Traveling Alone: A How-To

Traveling Alone: A How-To

But I’ve found solo travel to be a rewarding experience. Here’s what I learned.

The Weather Outside is Frightful

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Thick, globby specks of white dotted the sky, like Impressionist brushstrokes viewed too close up.

Life and Death in the Forest

Life and Death in the Forest

One hit to the torso killed you dead. Three hits to the same limb chopped it off. Head shots were off-limits by parental decree, but if they happened on accident you better recover quick before Calvin jabbed you in belly with a two-handed sword.

A Journey of Advent

A Journey of Advent

For months, I have been waiting for news about my dream opportunity. I have held back from any long-term commitments for the sake of a possibility. I have been expectantly been waiting for news—any news.

May

May

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are,” Dumbledore says, “far more than our abilities.”

You Have Always Been With Me: Musings from the Heart of an Enneagram 3

You Have Always Been With Me: Musings from the Heart of an Enneagram 3

Enneagram 3, The Achiever: Adaptable, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious.
Matt Cambridge, nice to meet you.

Winter Blessing

Winter Blessing

May you warm your body under thick blankets, your hands by radiators, your feet in old slippers.

Coming Out Ruined Christmas Eve

Coming Out Ruined Christmas Eve

I remind myself that no one is watching me, probably. Nobody is passing judgement on Christmas Eve.

Sorry, Goodreads: Rethinking Reading Challenges

Sorry, Goodreads: Rethinking Reading Challenges

I’ve made a list of twenty authors—twelve who wrote after 1900 and eight from the centuries before—whose work I’m going to limit myself to.

I’m Passionate about the Bridges in Taylor Swift Breakup Songs

I’m Passionate about the Bridges in Taylor Swift Breakup Songs

I recently tried to explain heartbreak to someone who has never had their heart broken. It didn’t go well.

Offerings and Exaltations

Offerings and Exaltations

Sadness is that way: temporal. Each encounter comes with a demand singular to the day of its arrival: here is a powerful feeling, attend to it, reconcile its nature with yours.

Politics as Usual…feat. Chance the Rapper

Politics as Usual…feat. Chance the Rapper

The word alderman has Anglo-Saxon origins: a noble (serving the king) as ruler of a local district. Quite literally it means “old man.”

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

In other words, despite my litany of previous posts to the contrary, Advent may yet find me sneaking into back-row pews and singing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

A Guide to Killing All of Your Plants, Maliciously, During the Christmas Season

A Guide to Killing All of Your Plants, Maliciously, During the Christmas Season

Notice one morning that your orchid is starting to look strained. Pick up the fallen petals. Water it, but know that this, like a leprous spot, is a sign of the beginning of the end, and that from now on, water will merely prolong the inevitable.

So Here’s A Recital

So Here’s A Recital

This song has always felt so dumb to me even before its Extreme Makeover Bieber Edition. It’s historical fanfiction undercut by that insufferable “pah rum pah pum pum.”