This Is Not Satire

  This is not satire. This is the White House’s official site. When I first saw this post shared on Twitter, I thought it was fake. A send-up using Trump’s language describing gang members as “animals.” I was wrong. As I perused the Immigration section of the site, I also noticed the use of terms…

Annual Geomantic Charts — Considering Geomancy

Photo Credit: rvacapinta Flickr via Compfight cc First post in my new geomancy blog: “What is a Time-Based General Geomantic Reading? It’s a “general” (no specific question) reading that covers a particular time period, such as a day, week, month, or year. In some cases, the period of time may be specific to the client’s…

Why Victims Don’t Always Say Something

[The below was originally posted on my Facebook wall.] Recently, people, mostly women, have been sharing stories in the media (including social media) concerning sexual assault, abuse, harassment, and inappropriate conduct. One common theme in the responses to these stories has been something like this: “Why didn’t you tell anyone? Why didn’t you report it…

Work Harder, We’ll Still Mock You

Originally posted on Facebook: I just made the mistake of reading the comments on a story about how rising rents are displacing even middle-class people. The story highlighted the plight of a family in which the wife was the primary breadwinner (husband is ill), making made $78,000 per year, and yet was still struggling financially…

Love: An Essay

[Publisher’s note: On the cusp of 2008, a participant in a forum challenged us all to write a short essay on love. I took up the challenge and this is what I wrote. I’ve lightly edited it at least a few times over the years, but the thrust is largely identical to what I wrote…

Removing Essential Oil Residue From Hands — Quadrivium Supplies Blog

Photo Credit:Jeremy Yap Check out my post on removing essential/ritual oil residue from your hands: “Micellar water is a facial skin cleanser that has increased in popularity over the past couple of years. As its name suggests, it looks and feels like water, and it is quite effective at removing makeup, dirt, and oil from…

War Crimes, Cannabis, and Cashless Burgers — Hard Lens Media #4

Listen to “Hard Lens Media Radio Episode 4 — June 24, 2017” on Spreaker. Guests this week included State Senator Heather Steans who discussed cannabis legalization in Illinois. Paul DuPont also conducted an interview with international criminal attorney, Christopher Black, who touched on numerous global issues, including media bias and the current situation in Syria….