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A Pride Post of Sorts by Some Straight Dude - This is a bit of a difficult post to write. It’s not difficult to say publicly that I support rights for gay people or that trans folks should be able to serve in the military. I’m quite comfortable discussing the concept of gender as a social construct and pondering how traditional gender norms have slowed… Continue reading A Pride Post of Sorts by Some Straight Dude
Food and Reflections from a Lonely NYE Dinner (2020) - When I struggle to find a way into a topic, I can always count on a good meal to open the door for me. I mean, how can one begin to reflect on all that was 2020 and not struggle to find a succinct way to start even a single thought? Well, for me, the… Continue reading Food and Reflections from a Lonely NYE Dinner (2020)
Racism and Me: A Personal Excavation - *****Important note for the reader***** This post has foul language containing racist and homophobic slurs. They are only used for the sake of accurate and honest storytelling as they relate to my personal history. This post could be a step to position me as an ally to the black community. I will do my best,… Continue reading Racism and Me: A Personal Excavation
Philadelphia, AIDS, and COVID-19 - I watched the movie Philadelphia for the first time last night. Wow. I could watch that opening scene on a loop. Touring the city while Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia hums in the background, body buzzing in the dissonance created by the beauty and hope of one of our nation’s great cities brushing against all… Continue reading Philadelphia, AIDS, and COVID-19
I’m Pissed Off And It’s OK - It looks like a few months ago I was going to write a post about anger. Not just about feeling angry, but about its stigma and how this stigma leads to an unhealthy denial of what I think is an extremely important and powerful emotion. But as you can tell from the excerpt below, it… Continue reading I’m Pissed Off And It’s OK
The Paradox of Being White and Woke in America - It was late afternoon on a Tuesday. I was driving south on the pothole-riddled I95 towards Chester, PA. I had been making the drive every Tuesday since early October to participate in a 200-hour yoga teacher training inside the State Correctional Institution there, through a partnership with the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program. I exited the… Continue reading The Paradox of Being White and Woke in America
For Kerthu - When I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, within my first couple of months at site, I became ill. I lost a lot of weight, was having night sweats, and was coughing violently for about a week. People close to me were worried that I might have TB. One night things got so bad I… Continue reading For Kerthu
My First Marathon - I was prepared, mostly. Life happened, as it does, interrupting a couple important peak weeks of training, but I had started preparing early enough and I still believed I could finish the marathon around 4hrs ( the arbitrary goal I set for myself ). As I finished my last couple weeks of training I felt… Continue reading My First Marathon
Six Word Memoirs: PC Namibia Style - Maybe you’re familiar with the tale that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a short story in only six words. If so, maybe you also recall that story to go as follows: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Many of you are probably familiar with the SMITH Magazine six word memoir project as well.… Continue reading Six Word Memoirs: PC Namibia Style
Animal Photos From Namibia (lazy post) - Sorry it has been so long since I have posted anything. All I can say is that Peace Corps, like anything else, becomes a bit routine and my day to day becomes less interesting for me, making it hard to write about. You know how the conversations go back home: A: Whats up? B: Not much. What’s up… Continue reading Animal Photos From Namibia (lazy post)

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