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I Hate Halloween

Call me a kill-joy, but I hate Halloween.

First, it’s the costumes. More specifically, it’s the standing at the computer for way too long while crowded into 10 square inches by my two female dependents deciding and un-deciding and picking and re-picking and scrolling through myriad inappropriate costumes to find something for a middle school student who’s still a little girl with a too-soft voice and displays only a somewhat infrequent show of the “I know everything and you don’t know jack” attitude. 340 more words

Spiritual Formation

The Difficult Decisions of Adventure Travel

With a heavy heart, I’ve been following the recent catastrophe on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. For anyone unfamiliar, 39 people died when cyclone Hudhud moved north from India into Nepal bringing unprecedented levels of snowfall to the Annapurna region. 1,392 more words

Travel

Coming out

This is not about sympathy. It is not about sob stories. Like my last post on disability (inspired by Dorothy Kim writing for ITM), it is about… 1,456 more words

Academic Blog

How to act around introverted people

Where do you get your energy from? Does social interaction increase it or do you crave more alone time than your friends do? In this interview London-based writer Ellen Vrana – an introvert herself – shares her personal experience and how hard it can be when people just don’t get it. 1,563 more words

WPLongform

Why You Can't Be Precious

You’ve seen it before: the boss invites feedback and an ‘open dialogue’ and as soon as someone shows individuality or is overly assertive or says they don’t like an idea, then that person is labelled ‘not a team player’, or a ‘problem’, and the boss retreats to her/his predetermined position on just about everything that she or he regards as important. 1,084 more words

Leadership

The Good Life or "the Goods Life" - The Thought of Lewis Mumford

Possessing tremendous foresight is not always an uplifting attribute. Likewise, a keen sense of hindsight may provide as much of an education in ruins as in woebegone romance. 2,307 more words

Wplongform

Everybody has a You (#12)

Despite the dry mouth, the almost unquenchable thirst and still feeling dizzy, Boggel manages to stumble through the events leading up to his friends finding him. 1,592 more words

Smalltown Short Stories