• To Be or Not to Be

    I’ve been debating the last few months what to do with this website. I still haven’t come to any kind of decision. For some time, I was planning to create a podcast where I would interview people (not necessarily experts) about their own personal spiritual background, experiences, and life, try...


  • To Be "Secularly Spiritual"

    The word “spiritual” has a really icky connotation among folks that consider themselves to be any matter of skeptical, agnostic, atheist, serious, secular, scientific, or even just modern. It conjures images of the those hippie stores that sell lots of Deepak Chopra books, New Age synth meditation soundtracks, and Chakra-improving...


  • Bringing a Bit of Mindfulness to Social Media

    When I wake up in the morning, I often find myself somewhat mindlessly picking up my phone and scrolling through social media. I don’t think this is terribly uncommon. If I don’t have a strict agenda, I can sometimes find myself doing this for over an hour. I tell myself...


  • The Value of Friends -- a love letter

    In the past, I’ve found it very difficult to speak openly about how much I appreciate people without my tongue planted firmly in my cheek. Call it a patriarchal, hypermasculinized upbringing in the modern world, call it a manifestation of a culture of unending irony… overcoming it is difficult, and...


  • Insults As Motivational Speech

    Today I came across this video. Is he right? I mean, of course (to a certain extent); complaining/”crying” about one’s problems won’t directly solve them, and it can put the burden of responsibility on others. My problem with it is that it’s really fucking mean and unhelpful to those that...


  • What to Do When You Have No Faith in the Efficacy of the Political System

    Donald Trump, the GOP, the DNC’s election shenanigans, the DAPL, President Obama’s drone strikes, crony capitalism in political offices from the local level to the international level… It’s hard to have any faith whatsoever in the political process today. How can we know that calling senators and representatives has any...


  • Diminishing the Shame of My Mental Health

    As I think I’ve mentioned before here, I struggle with ADHD, but have only had a formal diagnosis for just over a year. During that year, with the advising of my doctor, I’ve been taking a small dosage of venlafaxine (aka Effexor), which is usually used for treatment of anxiety...


  • Donald Trump is a Symptom, Not a Disease

    Donald Trump is a symptom, not a disease. He didn’t create the radical right that is sweeping the globe. He didn’t create the xenophobia that he used to drum up support in his campaign, the same xenophobia present in and creating issues in the United Kingdom and the rest of...


  • Grieving in 2016

    As with every year, a lot of folks died in 2016. This year, however, the consensus seems to be that fate has been especially cruel in taking away beloved artists and other public figures from us. In addition, a lot of bad things happened throughout the world this year (first...


  • Why Is This Site Separated From Your Main Site?

    This is a question that was recently asked of me on my first podcast interview1 (more on that interview in a later blog). I wasn’t super-satisfied with the way I answered in the heat of the moment, so here’s perhaps a better answer (or, really, a set of reasons) if...