Hyperbole: The Official Language of the 21st Century

Let’s get one thing out of the way. The title of this piece is already hyperbole, it’s like a hyperbole centipede. I know this. But what I’ve noticed for quite some time now is that when we speak, we so often don’t mean the words we say. I’m not talking about being disingenuous or lying,Continue reading “Hyperbole: The Official Language of the 21st Century”

“Yes People”

It’s high time we take down fans of the 1970’s progressive rock band, Yes. I kid, although Yes-fans have a lot to answer for. No, “yes people” are the people who “yes” you along, and continue to affirm what you already do and believe. Having friends who support you is one thing, but having people who never giveContinue reading ““Yes People””

Crunch Berries Don’t Go There

I didn’t go to any parties in high school. I wasn’t invited and I wasn’t trying to be. The idea of ingratiating myself with the cool kids seemed exhausting. I knew that the cool kids weren’t special, and so debasing myself to get invited to parties wasn’t a priority. The more popular and perfect theContinue reading “Crunch Berries Don’t Go There”

You’re a Fraud, Isn’t That Wonderful?

We work on ourselves our whole lives. Well, most of us do. Some of us think we struck perfection and have been coasting on the same old hang-ups and flaws since then. But, for the rest of us for whom working on ourselves is a worthwhile endeavor, we trudge on through life’s miseries and tryContinue reading “You’re a Fraud, Isn’t That Wonderful?”

Masculinity and Me

No one that knows me would call me especially manly. For quite some time, masculinity has been synonymous with not only behaviors, but attitudes – of which I share next to none. Men were supposed to be strong, aggressive, tough, given to fight, sports-oriented, unemotional, and womanizing to name only a few. There has alwaysContinue reading “Masculinity and Me”

Leftover Vodka and Corpse Disposal

In Fall 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast of the United States. Houses were destroyed, families were displaced, and lives were in ruin. This is the grim backdrop for our story today, dear reader: a ludicrous tale involving leftover vodka, torrential rain, violent winds, a dead squirrel, a furious dog, and corpse disposal –Continue reading “Leftover Vodka and Corpse Disposal”