Category Archives: All

All essays publicly available.

Choose To Live

Choose To Live Do something that scares you. Go places you’ve never been before. Become the person you wish other people would be. Ever since my mom died almost two years ago, I have constantly faced the mortality of my … Continue reading

Posted in All, Depression and Suicide, Human Condition, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , , ,

The Power of Belief

The Power of Belief I was born into and raised within a Christian community, more specifically a Catholic parish. This article will discuss how I went from attending a private Catholic school and Catholic Mass every weekend, to feeling a … Continue reading

Posted in All, Atheism, Religion and Spirituality, God | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lords of the Wild

Lords of the Wild For millennia human beings have created depictions through art and literature of fabled beings who resided in forests, mountains, and various other aspects of nature. These ranged from male and female beings who looked very human … Continue reading

Posted in All, Atheism, Religion and Spirituality, Environment, God | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Inexplicable

The Inexplicable Have you ever stopped to think for a moment how incredibly rare your existence actually is? The odds that you would ever come into being are literally on average a million to one. That’s literally a 0.000001% chance … Continue reading

Posted in All, Human Condition, In Loving Memory, Kephen's Commentary, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , ,

How To Research Your Family Ancestry

How To Research Your Family Ancestry So you’ve decided that you want to research your family ancestry, but you don’t know where to begin. Genealogy, the study of family ancestry, is both immensely rewarding and incredibly time consuming. For most … Continue reading

Posted in All, Human Condition, In Loving Memory, Kephen's Commentary, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Ben Tre: Keep the Loneliness Warm

Ben Tre: Keep The Loneliness Warm I hold my face in my two hands. No, I am not crying. I hold my face in my two hands to keep the loneliness warm two hands protecting, two hands nourishing, two hands … Continue reading

Posted in All, Atheism, Religion and Spirituality, Human Condition, Kephen's Commentary, Miscellaneous, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Genetics: The Basics of How You’ve Come To Be

Genetics: The Basics of How You’ve Come To Be Genetics are a fascinating thing. Most of us have forty-six chromosomes in every one of the some fifty-trillion cells that are in our body at any given moment. Each of those … Continue reading

Posted in All, Human Condition, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What the Story of Hiro-Kala Teaches Us

What the Story of Hiro-Kala Teaches Us If you’re not familiar with Hiro-Kala, I’ll give you a brief glimpse. He is a Marvel Comic Universe fictional character created by Greg Pak and Ron Garney, appearing from 2008 through 2011 in … Continue reading

Posted in All, Human Condition, Kephen's Commentary, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

When A Parent Dies

When A Parent Dies Sometimes we avoid things we don’t want to accept or acknowledge as true, a futile attempt to hold onto the bliss of unknowing.  Days after my mom passed away last year, I sat down and wrote … Continue reading

Posted in All, Atheism, Religion and Spirituality, Human Condition, In Loving Memory, Kephen's Commentary | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Prajnaparamita Part I: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion

Prajnaparamita Part I: The Diamond Sutra There is much to learn from all of the Buddhist scriptures and each of the three main branches of Buddhism have their own interpretations of the texts.  For those who follow the Theravada tradition, the … Continue reading

Posted in All, Atheism, Religion and Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Passenger

The Passenger: Commentaries on the Nature of Consciousness What is consciousness?  It is defined as a subjective experience, an awareness of self or one’s surroundings and the ability to react to it.  Right now, as you are reading this, there … Continue reading

Posted in All, Human Condition, Kephen's Commentary, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

His Light Carries On

“The mind withers and the soul may fade, but the heart will always beat in sync with the one who carries it.” – Colin Madsen February 18, 1991 – April 04, 2016 His Light Carries On: The Life, the Loss, … Continue reading

Posted in All, In Loving Memory, Kephen's Commentary, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk In this article we will explore the life of a traditional Buddhist monk, as seen through the eyes of a Theravada practitioner.  If you don’t know anything about Buddhism, … Continue reading

Posted in All, Atheism, Religion and Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The American Opium Crisis

The American Opium Crisis The below is a very raw and personal look at heroin addiction, a part of this country’s opioid epidemic. Listen in as Jennifer, the widow of 31 year old assistant bank manager Daniel, talks about her … Continue reading

Posted in All, Human Condition, Miscellaneous, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How To Start Eating Better

How To Start Eating Better Cooking tip:  When cooking meats, eggs, vegetables, potatoes, and in some cases grains, you should saute, fry (never deep fry), grill, bake, or boil them with extra virgin olive oil as a marinade and seasoned … Continue reading

Posted in All, Fitness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Macrocosm Perspective

The Macrocosm Perspective Siddhartha Gautama taught that in order to see what matters we must first remove the ego from the equation.  Nothing rips apart my ego or sense of self more than the Universe.  The above photo is a … Continue reading

Posted in All, Kephen's Commentary, Miscellaneous, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Human Sexuality Defined

Human Sexuality Defined Ever since I started writing about human sexuality I realized that a lot of people really don’t even know what sexuality and orientation mean and how to use those terms. I think that one of the biggest … Continue reading

Posted in All, LGBT | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Alone In The Dark

Alone In The Dark: Why Children Commit Suicide and How to Prevent It According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the year 2000 to the year 2014, more than 530,000 Americans committed suicide.  In the year 2014 … Continue reading

Posted in All, Depression and Suicide, Human Condition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Nationalism and Police Brutality: The Deafening Sound of Ignorance

“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established… It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.  The … Continue reading

Posted in All, Kephen's Commentary, Miscellaneous, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel: A Brief Examination of Buddhism I began reading about Buddhism and its three main branches of traditions and the many lineages and schools of thought within each, when I was only … Continue reading

Posted in All, Atheism, Religion and Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Identity Politics and the Slow Death of the American Moral Landscape

Identity Politics and the Slow Death of the American Moral Landscape I used to watch Fox News, and then I switched to CNN, and then I stopped watching network channels for daily news and commentary because they are all so … Continue reading

Posted in All, Kephen's Commentary, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  The Thousand Year Journey Jedidiah Jenkins offers up some inspiring wisdom for those of us seeking deeper meaning in life: Follow Jedidiah on Instagram

Link | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

His Empty Soul

    His Empty Soul: How to Heal a Broken Man   There are only a few things every man needs in his life to feel as though he’s living the most fulfilled life that he can. The first critical … Continue reading

Posted in All, Depression and Suicide, Fitness, Human Condition, Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Choice That Never Was

  The Choice That Never Was I wanted to believe that my work of writing about this topic had since passed and that I would never again have to write in defense of it, of us, of the nature of … Continue reading

Posted in All, Depression and Suicide, LGBT, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being

No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being From Thich Nhat Hanh, the venerable Vietnamese monk who strives to live and spread the teachings of Siddartha Gautama, I’ve learned this simple lesson:  There should be no coming, no going, just being. More … Continue reading

Posted in All, Atheism, Religion and Spirituality, Human Condition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,