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On Success

The dedication of one’s entire life to a community left their memory in a dusty room, largely visited by bored students on field trips and the occasional curious passersby.

Hallmark Christmas Movies Are Getting Me Through 2020

In Hallmark, my worst fears never wrote the ending.

Straw Into Gold

Was this an encounter with some forest guardian, a mountain sprite who hikes miles through the misty mountains and sips water at hidden springs?

Poison, Powersuits, and Blake Lively

If arsenic is a woman’s weapon—whether to kill others or to beautify oneself—Lively’s character embraces the poison.

Thanksgiving Prayer

For those who shout down ignorance even past the point of no return, who know we are less than two minutes from midnight and continue anyway.

Fantastical, Flammable Gas

Like everything magical, though, the airship project was riddled with realities.

Under the Influence of Saturn

Under the Influence of Saturn

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“According to Ptolemy, “Saturn will generally produce cold in the bowels, excessive phlegm, rheumatism, emaciation, sickliness, … [and/or] cough.” Seems about right. 

A Sterling Silver Ring

A Sterling Silver Ring

Maybe it’s an overindulgence in fantasy that makes all jewelry feel slightly magic. 

“I Can’t Breathe”

“I Can’t Breathe”

It is my hope that we remember to use the breath we have in our lungs to speak up, to show mercy, and to act with love.

Half-life

Half-life

Eve is a bit like radium—taken from the father, who was taken from the earth. A byproduct. Twice derivative. 

Lucky of the Hot Springs

Lucky of the Hot Springs

The act of donning this ridiculous suit enabled me to let go of the remaining hesitations I harbored about the questionable hot-weather hot-spring endeavor we had gotten ourselves into.

(N)itrogen (N)erd

(N)itrogen (N)erd

Being a terrifying nitrogen nerd is one of my brother’s very few failings, and in this case it turned out to be a great help. 

Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine

Silicon is, I think, a good standard-bearer for the present, because it reminds us that the abstract and the concrete are always intertwined.

Lithium

Lithium

Lithium might have been a symbol of comfort and release to these artists, but it’s not without its drawbacks.

A Post About Sodium? Na

A Post About Sodium? Na

It was probably Jungle Jam and Friends which started another time-honored tradition of the Koning household: incessant quoting.

Carbon and Caramel

Carbon and Caramel

When you cook, you play with fire, and (sooner or later) you’ll be playing with carbon too.

Oxygen for the Soul

Oxygen for the Soul

If we breathe disbelief and dismissal into the faces of marginalized people who are gasping for air, we are denying them so much more than simple affirmation.

Turkey Trot (or Not)

Turkey Trot (or Not)

To perfectly capture the moment, the photo of my mom crossing the finish line includes me in the background, having lost the battle with my stomach and undoubtedly scarring fellow turkey-trotters for life.

Lumi(Ne)scent: A Tribute to Neon

Lumi(Ne)scent: A Tribute to Neon

Neon, the element named for the concept of novelty itself, is now hanging onto its public relevance by a thread of nostalgia.

Lanthanum, Uranium, Rhenium, Nitrogen

Lanthanum, Uranium, Rhenium, Nitrogen

Perhaps what was most interesting to me about chemistry was the very fact that we could study something that was too small to see.

Bromine

Bromine

Along with portmanteaus like “Broseph” or “Broso” (for Spanish class), calling your friend “Bromine” in chemistry class was surely hilarious exactly one time but was still repeated many more times.

The Ethics of Iron Farming

The Ethics of Iron Farming

Still, naturally sourced iron barely meets the demands of even a one-step-above-casual player. Enter: iron farms.

Praise Ye the God of Gold

Praise Ye the God of Gold

How many times have Christians, distracted by their frantic, sixteenth-note lives, mistaken idolatry for piety?

Promethium

Promethium

If you haven’t read this masterpiece, please do yourself a favor and Amazon Prime that sucker in time for some weekend reading.

Yes, All Trump Voters

Yes, All Trump Voters

We live in a country where nearly 70 million people made that choice, and we need to talk about it.

Bringer of Light

Bringer of Light

Honestly, I have a plethora of metaphors to explore already: Satan can seem to bring light to the world but that isn’t the true light! Exposing things to the daylight makes them less dangerous! Capitalism makes people operate in a scarcity model which hinders progress!

The Fate of Our Pianos

The Fate of Our Pianos

And today, when I feel less than my full self in the midst of such urgency to be our best selves, I sway dangerously close to becoming firewood.

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

The rawness of this proximity to life makes me feel vulnerable, sort of like therapy but without the armchairs.

Cl

Cl

My brain shut off seeing “3-chloro-4-dichloromethyl5-hydroxy-2(5H)-furanone.”

For Those Who Feel Numb

For Those Who Feel Numb

I don’t want to think about the election right now.

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