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First Day of Spring

March 21, 2020

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March 21, 2020

Things are scary now.  ”Outbreak is trending.”  Toilet paper’s not.  We’ll get through this, but we won’t be the same people.

January 25, 2020

To understand the Corona virus outbreak, many are looking to comparisons with China’s SARS epidemic 17 years ago.  Then as now, officials have been pinched between competing motivations – spread word of the infection in order to maximize awareness, minimize spread, and...

January 15, 2020

I’m obsessed with Mr. Robot, and by proxy Sam Esmail, its creator.  This obsession is unhealthy.  You must share it.


Starting in 2015 as a trippy combination of a mystery, psychological thriller, dystopia plus the mother of all unreliable narrators – Elliot Alderson –...

December 14, 2019

This website has a new name.  You ought to know why. 

Three years ago, I was looking west.  As Teacher Trainer to the southern region of the largest English training company in China, I was busy.  I made loads of content for the 40 or so teachers I was responsible for,...

November 15, 2019

In honor of Transgender Awareness week (November 13-20), I wanted to share a little visibility. Please see, know, love, and remember us.

November 7, 2019

We’re not Facebook official yet, but my bike and I are pretty serious. From a bike sale at the Hub on Minnehaha, I rescued a bright yellow and pitiful old thing

October 1, 2019

I’ve struggled to find the words to speak on the situation in Hong Kong.  But on this my birthday, 70th Anniversary of the founding of the PRC, and 17th straight week of protest in the city, I wanted to clearly say what here’s at stake.

September 21, 2019

Let’s be blunt - This summer's been a real bitch. With that much loss, pain, and death, it made about the least sense. But it had to be done...

June 28, 2019


In the blur of light that didn’t allow eyes to adjust quickly enough, they arrived.  They fell from the stars in the most elegant flaming lines Tosin had ever seen.  But then, he didn’t see a lot of elegant lines around here.  Here in the colonies on Gliese 792d, the...

June 24, 2019

I’ve spent a lot of time pretending to be things I’m not.  I’ve been REALLY good at it for years.  It’s given me all sorts of issues about honesty, self-esteem, and the value (or the lack thereof) I possess.  But for me honesty has either had the spigot completely clos...

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