Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Essays about random things

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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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

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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

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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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​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 Algorithm Specs Behind Facebook’s “People You May Know” Suggestions

The Algorithm Specs Behind Facebook’s “People You May Know” Suggestions We’ve all seen it, that horizontal scroll pane in our Facebook news feed titled People You May Know. I’ve always found it odd why it would list people I have … 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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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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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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On Labels and Identity

On Labels and Identity Want to read something awkward and extremely personal?  You know you want to, but if you don’t want to know about my sex life you should probably stop reading right here. Oh look at you continuing … 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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Freckles: Chapter Sixteen

My wakefulness slipped into the murky waters of sleep and dreams as my mind turned rampant with all the information it had received.  Damien’s confession sent shock-waves of uncertainty through me and just as those thoughts bounced through my head … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Fifteen

Dusk settled beautifully onto the land and even though the mood surrounding us had turned somber and painful, there was still no other place on Earth I wanted to be more than right there in that moment with Freckles. No … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Fourteen

It had only been a few hours when I was suddenly awakened by the sound of a rustling tent closure.  It took me a moment to reason what was happening and I realized that it was Damien leaving the tent. … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Thirteen

Like any time you’re waiting for a special event, the week seemed to take forever.  Each day seemed to drag out and I didn’t think the weekend would ever arrive.  I was so stoked about spending so much time with … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Twelve

I didn’t get a lot of sleep that night.  It was late when I finally stopped talking to Freckles and it was early when my alarm went off that Saturday morning. I had a couple hours before I had to … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Eleven

When Freckles left, I walked back to my car.  I stood there and under the parking lot lights I could see my faint reflection in the glass of the window.  What I had just done was both crazy and courageous. … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Ten

I felt like I walked in between the living and the dead after Freckles ended contact with me.  Nothing seemed to matter to me anymore.  To be given the one thing I wanted, only to have it taken away just … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Nine

It was a long ride back to the grocery store.  Damien had put on the radio, trying to fill the silence that had fallen between us.  It wasn’t like I had nothing to say or nothing to ask.  It was … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Eight

When the movie ended and the lights came back on, Damien pulled his leg away from mine and quickly got up from his seat, acting as though nothing awkward had happened between us at all. “Oh man, I am so … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Seven

By the time we realized we only had fifteen minutes before our movie was about to start, we had to quickly pay our bill and rush out the door.  Seeing Freckles laughing and smiling so much made me feel great. … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Six

The walk to the restaurant made me realize just how dumb I was acting.  Freckles may not have been single, he may not have been gay, but here we were together.  It may not have been a romantic date, but … Continue reading

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Freckles: Chapter Five

I pulled into the store lot two minutes late.  I scanned the lot for Damien, but I couldn’t see him standing anywhere.  There were about two dozen vehicles scattered here and there in the parking spaces.  I picked one of … Continue reading

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