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Hallmark and Heaven

Oh no, Hallmark, I think it’s quite likely I already care far too much about the assorted unnecessary objects in that unasked-for packet.

Pack It Up

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t contemplate the busted door as a sign from God that I should stay home, but I brushed that off right quick.

Learn for Life

If you were placed into a story about first dates, you’d better know your fish diseases.

“Hello, Zuko Here.”

Am I really supposed to make a purple sandwich out of this mess?

November 9, 2016

The professor in charge of my primary tutorial would, in what conservative pundits would later call “a total snowflake move,” offer to move back the due date on that week’s essay.

The Peace of Christ Be With Me

But writing about my anger also moved me to remember that there are no clean lines to be drawn here between villains and heroes.

The Presidential Debate, a Cat Named “Grudge,” and Star Trek: Discovery

The Presidential Debate, a Cat Named “Grudge,” and Star Trek: Discovery

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I should have known I couldn’t escape politics by watching Star Trek, the first major American show to show an interracial kiss.

Expression in Balance

Expression in Balance

Don’t cause someone else harm. That sounds like a really good place to start.

Restaurant Diaries

Restaurant Diaries

My first shift. Spilled a glass of Sprite and dropped a basket of onion rings within the first 30 minutes. Surprisingly, they let me stay. 

Milk for Fairies

Milk for Fairies

In the failure of dogma, try generosity. 

The Delights and Travails of Fall Camping in the UP

The Delights and Travails of Fall Camping in the UP

I won’t say we pulled half-burned logs out of firepits to salvage them for our own use, but I won’t deny it either.

After Midnight

After Midnight

Almost despite myself, I’m finding that I do enjoy the quiet, the darkness.

Wolverine Watchmen, HBO’s Watchmen, and the Politics of White Resentment

Wolverine Watchmen, HBO’s Watchmen, and the Politics of White Resentment

Law and order, but only certain laws and certain orders.

Preservation

Preservation

As the days now grow shorter and the nights darker, I try to let the metaphor of autumn give me hope instead of melancholy.

The Makings of a Hero

The Makings of a Hero

We would be poorer without heros, and yet they would be nothing without us.

Enola and the Case of the Complicated Nostalgia

Enola and the Case of the Complicated Nostalgia

I’d scour the library then return home with an armload of feminist literary retellings.

Blessed Be Your Samhain

Blessed Be Your Samhain

So I’ll wrap some twigs in newspaper and set them alight atop a log to watch them burn while the veil hangs thin.

Ode to October

Ode to October

October is an attack on the senses in the best way.

What Springsteen Means to Me

What Springsteen Means to Me

I sense that his lyrics’ timeless status in rock history owes partly to the fact that they’re sung with such raspy lust for a better world.

Trader Joe’s and the Joys of Cooking

Trader Joe’s and the Joys of Cooking

If there were a sixth love language, I believe it’d be food

Michael Schur’s Better World

Michael Schur’s Better World

Instead we’re all Tahani and Jason: one-note and stagnant. 

Do Not Send For Perry

Do Not Send For Perry

Mr. Knightley’s position and relevance to the Woodhouse family are not once explained in this film, and if the representation in Clueless is inaccurate, then I still have no idea why he’s always around.

Which Disney Villain is Donald Trump?

Which Disney Villain is Donald Trump?

That point aside, though, Trump doesn’t have Maleficent’s stoicism, Mother Gothel’s manipulative skills, or Ursula’s show-stopping stage presence.

An Apartment of My Own

An Apartment of My Own

Perhaps what I really need to invest in is a nightlight. Preferably dinosaur shaped.

Why I’m Afraid

Why I’m Afraid

But this is not an obituary or a hagiography or a remembrance.

Unbalanced Scales

Unbalanced Scales

Life has not been kind to you, but you are so unfailingly kind to it.

A Hope Chest for Today

A Hope Chest for Today

I detangle earbuds before including them, ready to start a playlist inspired by fleeting feelings my words can’t capture.

Drink the Wine, Burn the Candle

Drink the Wine, Burn the Candle

Her comment broke the meditative silence of our post-dinner respite, and we stumbled into the idea with the dazed confusedness of young students in the presence of wisdom.

Attendance

Attendance

I prefer everything with subtitles anyway.

What Is It You Plan to Do?

What Is It You Plan to Do?

The moment I began to slide, I thought of nothing.

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