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Being Anti-Anti-Christmas

I keep catching myself turning into an old man. To be more specific, I keep catching myself doing and (most often) thinking things that a short time ago I would have attributed only to the mindset of a geezer. It’s worse than just being conscious of it, too. Each time I catch myself, I discover … Continue reading Being Anti-Anti-Christmas

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the tree that held up the sky is dead

How I lost a tree and gained a hole where a tree used to be When Papa Gino’s suddenly closed like a hundred locations a month or two ago - with no notice to employees, I should mention - I kept it together, but only barely. The company was planning to restructure and about half … Continue reading the tree that held up the sky is dead

The Panthers Have Not Been Real: Dispatches from Autumn

With only a few remaining days before Advent begins and a whole lot to talk about, I've scribbled some off-the-cuff dispatches from the autumn below. * I’ve seen a lot of deer and also several black panthers. The deer have been real, the panthers have not. * I remember this one moment one morning in … Continue reading The Panthers Have Not Been Real: Dispatches from Autumn

The Winds of Monte Rosa

On the coming of the Equinox in chaotic times. Everything of that day was autumn. The sun beamed in friendly fashion down upon our rock stronghold. It was still quite warm and formidable, but something in its character revealed the beginnings of its terminal wane. The wind, blowing steadily throughout the day’s adventure, made fewer … Continue reading The Winds of Monte Rosa

The Shuffle of Destiny

It's been a lot of years since I regularly used the shuffle feature when listening to music. I know some people still do this, and it seems likely that I'll get some vehement pushback from enthusiastic present-day shufflers, but we all know Peak Shuffle happened years ago. Streaming radio services, however carefully curated by you, … Continue reading The Shuffle of Destiny

I’m Not Dead Yet (but I did lose a week)

Yeah, it's Friday afternoon and up til now I haven't posted anything in a full week - and the last thing I posted may have seemed a little ominous. Good news, everyone (well, hopefully, you think it's good news) - I am still here on Earth! I find this fact absolutely glorious. But then...if I'm … Continue reading I’m Not Dead Yet (but I did lose a week)

Live Tree or Die: This Week in Divination

The benefit of divination, despite what you or I may commonly think, has nothing to do with knowing the future and everything to do with understanding the cosmos. Divination is a funny thing, because sometimes you get these results where it’s like, “Either I’m gonna die or I’m gonna end up like a half immortal … Continue reading Live Tree or Die: This Week in Divination

There Were Days Between

There were days, there were days, There were days between. Summer flies and August dies, And the world grows dark and mean. Comes a shimmer of the moon On dark, infested trees; Singing man is at his song, The holy on their knees, The reckless are out wrecking, The timid plead their pleas. No one … Continue reading There Were Days Between

One Last Beginning (Can You Feel the Crispness?)

It happened during a quick after-work drive through my hometown. It was the last hour of golden evening daylight. Townsend, where I grew up, is a very small and very average town. (Seriously, click the link.) It sits along the north-central edge of Massachusetts, and it’s one of the greatest places on Earth. I ended … Continue reading One Last Beginning (Can You Feel the Crispness?)