Category: Miscellaneous

Essays about random things

In the Twilight of Memory

In the Twilight of Memory Calling to me in the distance, I can hear them all say my name. Reaching out from the past, from moments that used to be. I drift beyond the precipice of wakefulness, I let go of my consciousness and…

Out of the Darkness

My name is Kephen Merancis and there’s really no easy way to start the conversation that we need to have. It takes a lot of courage to break the wall of silence that stigma builds. It takes at least a little bit of hope…

To Be Acknowledged As Existing

To be Acknowledged as Existing 7,432 Americans will wake up today to what will be their last day alive, most of whom will not know this ahead of time. According to the American mortality rate published in 2016 by the National Center for Health…

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 own existence. Too many…

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 that you would be…

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 people, the time required…

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 preventing my soul from…

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 chromosomes is paired up…

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 such series as Skaar:…

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 is someone inside your…

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, and the Love of…

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 compilation of the center…

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 earth is but one…

The Thousand Year Journey

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

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 thing every man needs…

​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 general.  Later in this…

​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 no mutual friends with….

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 women into sending naked photos…

Words To Live By

Words To Live By I’m sharing this video because as a 4 minute reflection, it may very well be the most profound thing you listen to this month, for the next six months, or perhaps even this whole year. In fact, if you’re like…

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 I collected 15 of…

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 inner life molds the…

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 to read. I knew…

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, but also for other…

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 while awake, they manifested…

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 matter how short he…