Meditation: A solstice begs the question

Rhetorical confusion and half-baked rumination is easily dismissed but often the only way to depict certain aspects of our existence as they really are. The significance behind the solstice, to us, can well be said to be one of those aspects. May the light, the warmth, the clarity of the sun's most flawless annual blast … Continue reading Meditation: A solstice begs the question

A rare glimpse inside the mind of an insane, sleep-deprived wizard

Last week, I worked 25.5 hours in a 32-hour period, leaving virtually zero time for sleep. Just before leaving work at midnight, technically Thursday morning, I decided the best way to stay awake on the ride home was to find a speech-to-text app and yell at my phone the whole way home. I was right. The … Continue reading A rare glimpse inside the mind of an insane, sleep-deprived wizard

No moderation for the wizard

The superficial nature and general ineffectiveness of the omnipresent New Years' Resolutions thing should be taken as a given. Obviously, such vows, almost always health-related, as though there were nothing more to think about than muscle tone and caloric intake, are often taken in a mixture of bad faith and blind optimism and the desire … Continue reading No moderation for the wizard

You’ve done this before (and you’ll do it again)

All right, I admit it: I'm being a bad wizard again. I'm driving down the road, making good time, cranking the Dead, sun streaming down, then all of a sudden, I see the sign.   One lane road ahead. Goddamn it. The workers ahead are probably doing some of the most useful and inarguably necessary … Continue reading You’ve done this before (and you’ll do it again)

A Wizard’s Love Song

The truth is, it's great to be back after my two-week Solstice Break, but I'd be telling a grievous lie if I said I didn't enjoy it immensely. I disconnected with the news just a little bit - although admittedly that's an easier proposition during these typically quiet weeks. I read far more than usual. I … Continue reading A Wizard’s Love Song

The Sun is a Hero – and so was Jesus

Let's get this out of the way: like it or not, we are wholly defined by our relationship to the light of the world. It is accurate to state that the date of the birth of the Christ was (artificially) set in the wake of the winter solstice to coincide with both the Roman celebration … Continue reading The Sun is a Hero – and so was Jesus

Papa’s Pile: A Children’s Story

To celebrate the wonders of the season, I've taken this opportunity to clean up my act, sweeten my disposition, and write a Christmas-solstice-New-Year story for children. It's a good story, though maybe not a practical one for children. It's too long for a kid under six or seven, at any rate (though as that corresponds … Continue reading Papa’s Pile: A Children’s Story

Memory Lane as Viewed From On High: Highlights from 2012 Solstice Coverage

Well, we've sure done our fair share of reflection in honor of the high holy week, and if you know our wizard, you know there will be more. Nevertheless, we'd best get to celebrating if we're to have any balance whatsoever in our holiday experience. With that end in mind, I enthusiastically present some abridged … Continue reading Memory Lane as Viewed From On High: Highlights from 2012 Solstice Coverage

2013: Just a Box of Rain?

"We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance, For as the players tried to take the field, The marching band refused to yield. [...] And in the streets, the children screamed, The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed, But not a word was spoken; The church bells all were broken." … Continue reading 2013: Just a Box of Rain?

2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!

"I can't help but think I won't still be at this job at the end of the year - which probably means I will be fired, because I'm not gonna quit unless something really crazy happens. It will probably suck, and this probably isn't gonna be the easiest year, but it's probably necessary in terms … Continue reading 2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!