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How Cisgender People Benefit from Trans-Inclusivity

Many people in my closest social circle are on at least one of the LGBTQ+ spectrums of identity, and I’ve done my campus’s available Safe Zone training and proudly display my associated sticker on my door to welcome students, and generally my ally status is pretty secure and obvious. But despite all that, I myselfContinue reading “How Cisgender People Benefit from Trans-Inclusivity”

Ok, I Actually Liked Cats

Every time I visit my soon-to-be-in-laws, my movie knowledge increases immensely. They like movies and watch a lot of them. My soon-to-be-mother-in-law wanted to watch Cats. So did I. Her sons did not. We took the opportunity and dropped the menfolk off at another screen for another movie and settled in for some whimsy. AndContinue reading “Ok, I Actually Liked Cats”

Obligatory End of Year Post 2019

Measurements of time are arbitrary, of course. You can tell me that we measure time according to the movements of the celestial bodies, but we all know that’s merely a reference point. And it’s certainly not why we’re being innundated with “What did you do this decade?” social media posts right now–that’s very arbitrary, really.Continue reading “Obligatory End of Year Post 2019”

Escapism and Peace on Earth

Once upon a time, when my father worked for the Department of Defense, I asked him, “What do you want for Christmas?” He paused for a moment on the stairs and answered, “World peace.” “But,” I argued, “then you’d be out of a job.” Then he paused a bit longer this time, looking down asContinue reading “Escapism and Peace on Earth”

The Best Way To Meet Santa

The classic image of taking children to meet Santa is the mall or department Santa. Kids and their parents wait in lines in the temples of capitalism, training kids to ask for things and running everyone’s patience thin. The moment is rushed and quickly commemorated with a photograph, which usually comes at additional cost. ThisContinue reading “The Best Way To Meet Santa”

Double Feature: Finishing NaNoWriMo and Starting Advent

I’ve got two things that I need to talk about TODAY, so if you’re here for just one, feel free to skip down to wherever you want to start reading. I’ve marked them with section headers. Or, just keep scrolling for both. Finishing NaNoWriMo It’s always a little weird, finishing November. There’s a sort ofContinue reading “Double Feature: Finishing NaNoWriMo and Starting Advent”

Here’s To You, Steady Writers: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #3

You’re dependable. You’ve written every day, faithfully: 1667 words. Maybe sometimes a little less, maybe sometimes a little more. Your graph is smooth. And no one is asking you if you’ll be ok, because they know the answer: Yes, and you’re doing fine. Just fine. And it feels weird. Because all around you, you’re seeingContinue reading “Here’s To You, Steady Writers: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #3”

Encouragement for Lower Word Counts: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #1

This first third of NaNo has not been my best first third of NaNo ever. I’ve averaged about 1k per day of actual writing. That’s about 700 words per day short of where I should be, which I’ll need to make up, of course. However, it’s not unusual. Sometimes you get a rocky start. It’sContinue reading “Encouragement for Lower Word Counts: NaNoWriMo 2019 Report #1”

The Lonely Comfort of Internet Invisibility

This blog is pretty new, so it doesn’t really bother me that my best views of all time on a post is less than 20. This blog is meant as part professional placeholder, part personal experiment. I want it to grow into something, someday, but right now the fact it’s tiny is almost by design.Continue reading “The Lonely Comfort of Internet Invisibility”

Halloween, Grace, and Kindness

If, as it should be, Christianity is marked by a desire to, as scripture tells us, do justice and love kindness (Micah 6:8), if we are truly to love our neighbors and understand that all the people whom God places in front of us are our neighbors, then Halloween is the most Christian of holidaysContinue reading “Halloween, Grace, and Kindness”