Posted on Jan 3, 2019

I spend a lot of time thinking about people’s value systems, and while this sounds both pretentious and obvious, there’s a deep well to draw from when you’re daydreaming. For my purposes, I want to try and define what I mean when I say ‘value.’ Normally when you hear the word ‘value’ it’s associated with […]

Objects, Concepts, and Objective Concepts

Posted on Dec 18, 2018

Today I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and, as one does, I stopped briefly on one of my friends photos. I was spurred by mild curiosity, read the comments, and saw that a social media outlet of a major brand—or mildly significant if you want to get technical—commented on her picture. I went to […]

You Are Not Superman

Posted on Aug 12, 2018

Superman taught me how to be a man. When I say this, it’s important to understand who Superman actually is. To me. What makes him a unique character? What distinguishes him from someone who is just strong or can fly. Superman is not defined by his strength, even though he’s so strong he’s one of […]

Story, Narrative, and the Power to Change Your World

Posted on Dec 12, 2017

Friends, and quite frankly anyone who will listen, often hear me talk about story as the way in which we construct our lives. Reading The Hero With A Thousand Faces, watching hours of film criticism, learning the music of editing film, listening to actual music, acting, taking in way too much Alan Watts, and countless […]

Beware of Consumption

Posted on Jun 20, 2017

Two years ago I moved to Austin with any possession that fit into a VW Bug and nothing else. A few days ago I drove back to Virginia Beach with the same amount of stuff. It just goes to show how little you need, and also how easily it is to acquire things. God bless […]

We Need New Narratives

Posted on May 10, 2017

I wrote this back in February of 2017, so anything that seems dated, is. “I can’t wait till it’s over.” That was a common phrase I read and heard all throughout 2016. With the passing of each beloved, once controversial cultural icon we would memorialize them and bemoan our lot in the same breath. We […]

Thoughts on Biden’s Farewell

Posted on Jan 14, 2017

I originally posted this on my Facebook wall: Just watched Joe Bidens’ farewell and was struck by how fortunate I was to live during a time where I could witness such genuine interest in public service in a presidency. The way both of these men speak about each other reveals so much about their relationship. […]

Identity Politics

Posted on Sep 8, 2016

And you may ask yourself: “How did I get here?” — Once in a Lifetime, The Talking Heads Before you tuck in, I should warn you that I’m about to write about politics. If you’d rather watch YouTube videos or ingest household chemicals I wouldn’t be offended. Still here? Good! There are two often heard […]

Moral Outrage! It’s Easy!

Posted on Jun 7, 2016

The recent story about an ex-Stanford swimmer/rapist is all over the internet. You can read essays galore about rape culture, find outraged tweets, and—invariably—people on right-wing talk radio defending the decision and making fun of those who feel an appropriate amount of the aforementioned outrage, whether borne from a genuine opinion or just the need […]

‘Moments’ vs Authenticity

Posted on Dec 13, 2015

We as a people love to mythologize moments even though most of our time is taken up by the day to day routine. One shower is the same as the next, the things one usually has for breakfast, “my morning coffee” as if to say that they’re all the same. If you were to hear […]

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