Paris Terror Attacks

This is the world we live in now: I was having a beer with a friend last night. He got up and left the table for a minute. Naturally, being a creature of these times, I took out my phone and checked Facebook. “Ben __ checked in as safe at Paris Terror Attacks”. WTF?? Facebook now has several pages, events

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Lost

I’m rushing through the streets to my first appointment with a new osteopath. I’ve been suffering from various ailments lately: tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, numbness in both hands. Stiff joints. Back pain. In short: I feel like shit lately. I’m running about 5 or 10 minutes late. Just as I jaywalk through an intersection only two blocks away from his office, I spot

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Some Secrets of Mine

Here are some facts about me that were hidden to myself until I started to do some thoughtful investigation over the winter. I’m a little nervous putting this out on the internet, but at this stage of the game I think it’s necessary for my further progress. 1) Though I enjoyed immense material privileges as a citizen of the world’s (formerly) most powerful imperialist

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Killing Charlie Hebdo

According to the reports, one of the three assholes that murdered 12 people in the offices of Charlie Hebdo, when reaching the street upon finishing the job, yelled in triumph: We’ve killed Charlie Hebdo! Only the most unintelligent mind, a mind utterly disconnected from reality and how human beings and society function, could truly believe that they had succeeded in

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I’m Not Brave

Sometimes people tell me I’m brave for talking about certain deeply painful, personal topics, like abuse within families or romantic relationships. While I appreciate the compliment, I feel uncomfortable receiving it, because I’m not brave. I’m simply doing what I absolutely, positively need to do. Nothing more. Bravery implies choice. You chose to slay the dragon. You chose to save those lives,

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