How Drawing 1,000 Faces Made Me A (Slightly) Better Person

After deciding that I wanted to get better at art, I did what you would expect; I YouTubed it. I found a channel by a guy named Sycra Yassin (Sycra), and I began going through his beginners playlist. The most helpful video I watched was one on how to get better at drawing, or how … Continue reading How Drawing 1,000 Faces Made Me A (Slightly) Better Person

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Unremembered Joy

The laundry still needed folding. Christmas presents still needed wrapping. The dishwasher was only half unloaded. We sat outside on the blue quilt from Aunt Suz ignoring all of that because this was a rare December day. A day when the blue sky and warm sun belied the Advent season. He is only six months, so … Continue reading Unremembered Joy

D.G. Myers—Thoughts on Dying and Literary Criticism

It is hard to talk about dying. Even though there is a 100% death rate among humans, we don’t really know what to say about it. Militant phraseology invades our lexicon when confronted with cancer or some other terminal illness.  In the face of imminent death and life altering disease we use words like “fight” … Continue reading D.G. Myers—Thoughts on Dying and Literary Criticism

4 Questions To Help You Know If It’s Time To Breakup

We’ve all been in that dead end relationship.  The one where no matter how much time you put into it, you never make any progress.  The one where no matter how hard you try you just can’t muster up any affection, much less love. Somehow, no matter how bad it gets—and believe me sometimes it … Continue reading 4 Questions To Help You Know If It’s Time To Breakup

I Have a Shoe Problem, But It’s Not What You Think

I hate buying shoes. I say this to clarify my new board on Pinterest.  My problem isn’t a typical shoe problem—too many shoes, too much money spent on shoes.  No I just really don’t like buying shoes. An Anecdote In June I had an interview for a new job, and as I put together my … Continue reading I Have a Shoe Problem, But It’s Not What You Think

Doing a Remake Right:  A look at Purple Noon and The Talented Mr. Ripley

                Our frugality backfired. Initially we felt good about deciding to forego spending $21.50 to see a Saturday night showing of Snowpiercer.  Unfortunately our alternative mall wandering turned into a Criterion Blu-ray buying spree at Barnes & Noble.  We ended up with several good movies, but didn’t save … Continue reading Doing a Remake Right:  A look at Purple Noon and The Talented Mr. Ripley

Are You Nerd Enough?

Fakers. There are too many people pretending to be nerds these days.  I know many people who think that they are nerds, but they are not.  It has become so easy to be a “nerd.”  It’s almost cool, and that's not nerdy at all. Define “Nerd” The hard thing is nailing down what makes a … Continue reading Are You Nerd Enough?