Month: December 2016

A Cult Fascination with Cults

The holidays are such a nice time, right? All those scented candles and all those chocolates sitting on coffee tables. Hallmark plays Christmas movies that end with swelling music and cleared up misunderstandings. Radio stations refer to themselves as Santa FM for an entire month. It sure is lovely… But it can get a little old. Ready for some dark goodness? I have a fascination with cults. I feel almost bad saying that. People are manipulated and hurt by cults, and I’m fascinated with them? I have been for the better part of the last decade. In fact, my...

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Review – Book: Station Eleven

If you haven’t yet read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, I’m kind of jealous of you. Because that means that you have the opportunity to experience this book for the first time while I can only reread and revisit it. This story was that good to me. It took me almost three weeks to read it. Usually when I read at that pace, it’s because my life is either very busy or I’m only semi-interested in the book I’m reading. In this case, it was a deliberate choice. I wanted to savor it. First, I’ll give you...

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The Gift of Giving Experiences

How often do you receive a gift during the holidays that you don’t really like, want, or need? You know those gifts – the ones that end up in a closet or drawer, or you donate them or regift them. You’ve probably given some gifts like that, and even worse, you probably knew it wasn’t a great gift at the time, but dammit, you have to give something, right? This is the season of giving! True, it is the season of giving. However, this season, consider giving an experience or a memory. You can’t shove an experience in the...

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Ryan Tedder for President

A review of OneRepublic’s Oh My My: I cannot stop listening to the new OneRepublic CD Oh My My, so I am going to profess my love for my favorite songs on the album. Not ranked in order of favorites but in order of track listing: Let’s Hurt Tonight – “They say love is pain. Well, darling, let’s hurt tonight.” When Ryan Tedder howls in this chorus, even coyotes are jealous. Future Looks Good – Are you feeling bleak about the outlook of our country or our melting planet or your overwhelming life or the fact that Riley Keough...

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Stories Matter

The stories we tell matter. They always have, and we’re living in a moment right now where that couldn’t be more true. How do we treat each other? What do we teach our children? The ways in which we interpret and internalize the things we read, watch, and absorb has an influence on how we view the world and treat each other. I don’t want to live in a country where young children believe that it’s okay to make fun of someone for having a disability or that it’s okay to rank women on a scale of 1 to...

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