Category Archives: Human Condition

Essays about the human endurement.

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

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Alone In The Dark

Alone In The Dark: Why Children Commit Suicide and How to Prevent It From the year 2000 to the year 2014, more than 530,000 Americans committed suicide.  By the end of 2014 alone, the number of Americans of all genders … Continue reading

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The Thousand Year Journey Jedidiah Jenkins offers up some inspiring wisdom for those of us seeking deeper meaning in life: You can follow Jedidiah on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jedidiahjenkins/

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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

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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

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​Abortion, Abstinence, Abuse, Birth Control, Teen Sex, and Unwanted Pregnancy

Abortion, Abstinence, Abuse, Birth Control, Teen Sex, and Unwanted Pregnancy One in every five American teens lives in poverty.  Abuse, poverty and a lack of opportunity plays an important role in not only teen pregnancy, but also unwanted pregnancies in … Continue reading

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The Darkest Corners of the Cyber World: Sexual Predation and Exploitation

The Darkest Corners of the Cyber World: Sexual Predation and Exploitation Sexual predation and exploitation is the topic of this article, more specifically it’s about catfish who use social media and social apps to seduce and trick young men and … Continue reading

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Everywhere You Go, There You Are

Everywhere You Go, There You Are A decade ago my mind was in a very dark place.  In this darkness I looked for the light, even the tiniest little bit of hope that my suffering had an ending and perhaps … Continue reading

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Words To Live By Check out the video in the link at the end of this post and then read the article posted on OutsideOnline, a website operated by Outside Magazine. I’m sharing this because as a 4 minute video, … Continue reading

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The Wall, Illegal Immigration, and the U.S. – Mexican Border

Photo credit: Mike Blake/Reuters The Wall, Illegal Immigration, and the U.S. – Mexican Border The U.S. and Mexican border is 1,954 miles long.  As of last year the U.S. only had enough border patrol agents to securely patrol half the … Continue reading

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Abortion

January 30, 2017 Abortion.  A touchy subject.  I used to be against it.  Then I supported it.  Then I stopped listening to everyone else’s opinions and listened to science. We still know so little about the human brain… what we … Continue reading

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Never Fall Silent

Never Fall Silent As we are graced with a new leader who believes members of the LGBT should not be treated equally and has promised to do whatever he can to undo the progress we have made, I think back … Continue reading

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Lotus in a Lake of Fire

Photo credit: Kelvin Cheuk Lotus in a Lake of Fire:  Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh, pronounced Tik-N’yat-Hawn, is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk.  I stumbled across him when studying Buddhism about ten or so years ago.  Over time … Continue reading

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How Climate Change Affects Our Lives

Leonardo DiCaprio’s film on climate change: Before the Flood “We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved.  Man is organic with the world, his … Continue reading

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Muslim Refugees, Christianity and the Future of Freedom

  Muslim Refugees, Christianity, and the Future of Freedom Vetting, the process of reviewing refugee candidates before they come into the U.S., should be a concern for all of us.  In this essay I will discuss why, but above all … Continue reading

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In Search of Self

In Search of Self Over the years I’ve learned that the most potent of personal feelings can be the most consoling and relatable to other people who are going through their own hardships. So without even knowing it, you can … Continue reading

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It’s Been A While

It’s Been A While August 19, 2016 I haven’t posted anything on here in quite some time.  Furthermore, I haven’t typed anything extensive that would garner being posted.  The year 2016 has been a harsh one, not just for me, … Continue reading

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More Than Just Friends

More Than Just Friends Someone told me one night that I write because it’s how I come to understand things.  That through my writing I come to terms with things that once tormented me or what continues to torment, perplex … Continue reading

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Ubiquitous

Ubiquitous After nine years of living in my own self-created prison, locked away deep inside of myself, a place darkened by self-hatred, denial, fear, shame, and many other things, I opened the steel door that had long been my burden … Continue reading

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The Four Cornerstones

“To be loved is to be acknowledged as existing.” – Thich Nhat Hanh The Four Cornerstones The older I get the more I realize the difficulty of long-term social attachment.  By that I mean relationships.  The way we see things … Continue reading

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The Darklord

I feel it now, in the distance, that slow advance of the cold, pressing forwards and retreating as if to test the walls of my castle.  It comes at dawn and dusk, settles upon me in an eerie breath of … Continue reading

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Crash

September 11, 2013 I crashed my car in July. About two hours/100 miles from home, on my way to my vacation destination. Physically there was no way I would have really been killed, it just wasn’t that type of collision. … Continue reading

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If You Could Only See

(Please note that this piece was written prior to the Federal Supreme Court decision ruling it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.) For a very long time, I’ve wanted to be able to write something that spelled … Continue reading

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Here and There, Now and Then

January 29, 2012 It’s no secret that I’m unhappy with my life. Clearly, I need to do something about that. What isn’t so obvious to me, is what I need to do. I’m unhappy with my personal life and I’m … Continue reading

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The Erosion of the Sagacious American Intellect

January 1, 2012 I once said that I would write an atheist manifesto, but this is not it.  However, religion and atheism is the subject of this writing.  If you don’t like the idea of subjugating American religion and ridding it … Continue reading

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