So why history? Why still history? I realized I once told the story of how I stumbled, rather grudgingly, and awkwardly, into becoming a history major, some four+ years ago, but I’ve never told you about why I continued being a history major since. Because unlike some of my friends in other majors, who stagger to the […]Read more "Why History?: Reflections on a Boring Major"
New year resolutions? Anybody? Ahhhh, it’s that annual dilemma, one of many that confronts the wet-blankets (over)thinking, hyper-aware person emplaced in any societal context: do I give in to festive pressure, or do I resist, vocally; or do I simply walk away from the whole charade, or do I pretend to resist but submit in […]Read more "On Happiness: Reflections on a New Year"
So, let me ask dutifully, because i’ve run out of things to ask, how was your 2017? I think you’re here to read something hopefully and obliquely and vaguely meaningful, not a check list of what went well and what went wrong… The Tibia in the Closet So let me tell you about my valiant […]Read more "The Holy & the Broken: Reflections on an Old Year"
What was your most awkward reunion this year? Reunions and catch-ups are strange things, and grow stranger the older I get. Somewhere along the dim marches of the past, you shared in an experience with a group of people, for a period of time. That time passes: there is a plot twist or a road-fork […]Read more "On Reunions: The Snug Sock and the Clutched Straw"
I almost did not write this entry. The inspiration for this piece started out simply enough: a friend sharing her experience with being the best she could be, and how that quite nearly drove her crazy. The quest to achieve a goal never stopped. It simply became an obsession with wanting to do better, because […]Read more "Other Perfections"
I am getting boring. I think the curse (and blessing) of spending too long in any one context is that you get too used to its norms. You get socialized into what’s expected of you: not only in what you say, how you say it; not only in how you act, and why you act. […]Read more "On Ignorance"
“In many ways the great apes are very like us, yet we simultaneously hold the conviction that they are not like us..It may be true that they do not speak in the sense in which humans understand language, but they communicate, listen, and comprehend, and they teach…” – Robert J. Cribb, Wild Man from Borneo […]Read more "Suara Hutan I: “Mary”"