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We're All Human Beings
All other sitcoms can gladly sit down, as Community takes the cake and eats it too. That is, as long as it's consistent with Jehovah’s Witness’ moral standings and is not in celebration of a holiday.
Whatever She Wants: A love letter to Phoebe Bridgers and Punisher
2019, sometime in summer, 5:15am, I woke up on a friend’s couch to the sun shining in my face and the sound of a woman playing an acoustic guitar. "Jesus Christ, I'm so blue all the time. And that's just how I feel, always have and I always will." The lyrics were striking but intriguing nonetheless, I realized I had fallen asleep listening to some album that had clearly long passed, and I was now listening to whatever Spotify had decided I needed to hear that night. I don’t know how much I believe in things like destiny and fate, but I do feel very lucky that my body had chosen to wake me up to that song specifically. I added it to my library and quickly fell back asleep, and for the next year or so I found myself returning to that song more and more. It’s excruciatingly sad, with the main focus of the song literally being a child’s funeral, but it’s a pain that I seemed to tempt myself with more often than was good for me. Even still, I didn’t visit the rest of Phoebe Bridger’s discography until months later. I’m not sure why considering how fond I was of Funeral, but it wasn’t until after her next release that I became the “Pharb” I am today.
In the Darkness of Night
My father fought in World War II. He was seriously injured during a major battle in the South Pacific. A grenade landed in his foxhole killing his best friend and filling him with shrapnel. He very rarely spoke of his wartime experience, but in the evenings, when we would be sitting quietly you could feel the burden was still with him. During the night he would often have the same nightmare, you could hear him fighting that battle, always waking up with the grenade landing in the foxhole. Growing up I heard that nightmare hundreds of times.
The best ideas so often come from the most random of places. In 2005 I was a succesful engineer, in charge of a team developing systems for a new helicopter. It was challenging work, but I faced a number of frustrations which frequently stopped it from being fun, and eventually decided it was time for my 20 year career to come to an end.
Why You Should Visit Grad Schools Before Applying
Grad school is an investment. Even if you land a great scholarship, you’re still investing your time. Yet for most of us, it’s an investment of both time and money.
Simba The Sun
Once upon a time there lived a fascinating girl. She is present, kind, and adventurous. She grew up in a very small town,
Harry Potter And The Trophy Of Fantasy Fandom
Okay, listen. I tried to think of a different series for this challenge, I really did. I’ve read plenty of amazing fantasy, so the choices were endless. HoWeVeR, when it comes to not only my favorite fantasy story but my favorite fantasy world, the one that has subjectively impacted and touched me the most, as well as the one I feel is objectively the most influential… well, I had to go with a more popular answer: Harry Potter.
The Villains of Resident Evil: Village
The most recent in the Resident Evil franchise was probably the most popular video game in quite a long time. Even people that aren't fans of video games found themselves attracted to the game. We'll currently ignore why that might have been why. But it does have something to do with the cover photo of this article.
The List of 5 Ridiculous Things a Man Has Told Me About Womanhood
Women talk too much. That’s what some men say these days, isn’t it? Women talk and talk and don’t know when to stop. Well, as true as that may be sometimes, it can also just be a huge male moment of projecting without self-awareness. Contrary to popular belief, men can talk too much as well — especially when it comes to womanhood.
Down the Rabbit Hole
When you feel like you're falling Down the rabbit hole The thoughts may be pacing The past woes had taken a toll 🐰 You dream as the wind rushes past
Dorothy? You know her! Don't you? Dorothy is the protagonist in L. Frank Baum's book "The Wizard of Oz." While the book was published in 1900, the film version is a classic from 1939. The classic film has entertained the young and the more mature for over 82 years.
Upside-down Rhinos, Men with Beards and Cockroaches on Submarines: These Are the 2021 Ig Nobel Prizes.
In case you haven’t heard of them before — and if you haven’t, shame on you! — the Ig Nobel Prize is a part parody, partly satirical prize handed out yearly since 1991 in recognition of 10 achievements in scientific research from the past year. The research is real, conducted by real academics and real technicians at real research labs, except when it isn’t.
Stories: A Sestina
The weight of it in my hands The feel of it beneath my fingertips The quiet smell of it drifts through the air The words begin melting away
filing for a divorce
officially filing for a divorce no more feeling remorse because i am finally parting ways with any negative thoughts my best friend depression it is finally time to say goodbye
Butterflies of Bolivia
Author's note: This isn't just a story about photographing butterflies in rural Bolivia, although it's certainly about that. It's a story about the unexpected gifts of beauty we meet in wild places. A shorter version of this story originally appeared on another platform.
Lady of the Water
Colleen Millsteed shared a poem called “No More Me” which was subtitled “It’s Game , Set and Match To You” which reminded me of the title of a Nic Jones album. Nic Jones’ masterpiece is “Penguin Eggs” which contains the seafaring lady tale “Canadee-I-O” which has one of the most beautiful guitar intros ever, which got me to thinking about writing a maritime based tribute to my beautiful Muse.
Queering the Healing Process
*This piece contains descriptions of sexual assault, and may be disturbing for some readers. Before she assaulted me, Lydia seemed like exactly the kind of person I would want to date. She was older than me, with dark eyeliner and carefully curled brown hair. She liked poetry by Emily Dickenson and hikes by the ocean. We met in the usual way: a mutual friend had ushered me casually into her dorm room before we all were set to go out to a bar for the evening.
Let's Talk About the Real Reason Everyone Loved "The Queen's Gambit"
The Covid-19 pandemic has robbed humanity of many things in 2020 and now bleeding into 2021, we feel much more of the same. But if you may recall, our salvation at the beginning of 2020 came from a Netflix docuseries called Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness – a ridiculous by all means of the word docuseries that took the world and its people by storm and subsequently, distracted us all from every inch of the sad reality we were already a part of. But alas, the year 2020 progressed, the Tiger King fandom and fun wore out, and we were once again brought back to our very different and not so fun reality. Until… The Queen’s Gambit, October 2020.
Lying To My Kids About The Dentist and Taking Them To Disney Instead!
I planned one of the biggest surprises of their life. I bought them tickets to go to Disneyland for the weekend of its grand opening.
Answering Your Most Asked Questions!
You asked, and we answered! In this video, Garick and I serve up all the deets you have been dying to know as we respond to some questions from our followers that we usually would not answer. We talk about family, backgrounds, marriage, parenthood, moving, and more. Nothing is sugarcoated. This is our truth - the good, the bad, and the ugly.