In The Four Loves, published nearly sixty years ago, C.S. Lewis declared a truth that still echoes in today’s blogs, fathomless Tumblr posts, and buried Twitter threads: “We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness.” We’re all too familiar with unanswered texts and the silent hallways of life. We … Continue reading Leaving the Friendzone
Autumn again. Slanting afternoon light and apple cider crispness. Leaves beginning to burn. Wood smoke in the air. It seems as if I’m just looking up from my desk and realizing that the season has changed outside. Suddenly, I’m thinking of wrapping a sweater around my shoulders. Suddenly, I’m noticing the long twilight at … Continue reading Autumn Again
I didn’t want to see the image Kathy Griffin is now infamous for, but there it was on my news feed, vivid and uncensored. Even as the headline asked me to make my own judgment about whether this photograph could be art, valid political statement, or something else entirely, I was already looking away. I … Continue reading Please, Don’t Learn This Language
Ours is the age of paradox. Just a few decades ago, experts were predicting that the amount of leisure time that the average person would enjoy would increase astronomically. With the advent of time-saving technology (dishwashers, laundry machines, copy machines, computers, cars), there was actually a concern that people wouldn’t have enough work to do. … Continue reading Thinking for Yourself
There’s nothing quite like a comic convention. The nearly constant buzz of conversation, occasional shouts and frequent squeaks as people recognize their favorite characters walking around outside of their stories. I’ve just gotten back from Nan Desu Kan, one of the Midwest’s biggest anime conventions, and as usual, it was an adventure. I have … Continue reading Convention(al) Adventures
This week, I had the chance to do one of my favorite things: bake cupcakes. The bookends of summer in my life are birthdays, and a friend asked my sister and I to make cupcakes for her day. We were more than happy to enlist for that duty. Cupcakes are serious business around here. … Continue reading Cupcakes: Because They’re Important, Okay?