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Dark Night Rising

20 July, 2012 (07:21) | Social Commentary | 3 comments

Last night, there was a tragic shooting at the premiere of the new Batman film in Aurora. Aurora is halfway between Denver and Boulder; it’s at minimum a 20-minute drive from my home, and that’s assuming I’m speeding and not hitting any traffic. I have no friends or family who currently live in Aurora that would’ve […]

Guilt by Disassociation

30 November, 2011 (17:57) | Social Commentary | 1 comment

“Hi, Ben!” The voice chirped behind me, the giant flower draped across my back turning away as I slowly rotated toward my addresser. His keen smile and bright blue eyes shone at me with excitement and the familiarity of his tiny face warmed in my fuzzy work-addled brain. “Hi! How are you doing?” I queried, […]

Postcards From the Other Side

19 September, 2011 (10:17) | Growing Up, Social Commentary | 3 comments

A fuse bead I made during art at the after-school program. I really do hate fuse beads. “Kids waste a lot,” she remarks, sweeping errant beads, toy accessories and scraps of paper and crayon up with the dirt. It’s a veritable cornucopia of childhood and mess blended together as a perfect little ball of waste. […]

The Fat of the Matter

15 June, 2011 (07:36) | Social Commentary | 2 comments

It was never my size or shape that bothered me. Rather, it was the side-effects, byproducts and consequences that got under my plethora of skin. Many of my friends simply can’t seem to understand that being fat isn’t the problem; being treated fat is. The conversation sprang up, oddly enough, at our book club meeting, […]

A Full House Divided

30 May, 2011 (13:07) | Social Commentary | No comments

I burn. Superficially my skin is pink and tender. Beneath the surface, however, it’s rage and anger that causes the gut-wrenching fire blazing inside of me. The two are unrelated—the former brought upon myself from a long day in the sun and my ill-prepared approach sans sunscreen—but their coincidence seems nearly fortuitous. Despite the raging […]

Filling Out the Forms

11 May, 2011 (08:54) | New Media, Social Commentary | 4 comments

I sit there, casually entertained by banal conversation granted import by the irregularity of the event. It is, if nothing more, a dinner party designed as much to break the monotony of life as it is to celebrate the event in question. Filling the periphery of the evening are a collection of folks—and despite their […]

What Means Mean

17 February, 2011 (06:46) | Social Commentary | 1 comment

“Ben can’t recognize a bobcat. He grew up in an East Coast upper-class family.” The way he says it drips with a silent hatred. Fuck you, I think. Now is neither the time nor the place for the argument. “I seriously feel insulted,” I announce, unwilling to let the barb pass unfettered. “Seriously.” “Ok, I’m sorry,” […]

The F#@! You Say

22 December, 2010 (11:00) | Growing Up, Social Commentary | No comments

Little kids often don’t know what they’re saying, but twleve-year-olds do. “That’s fucked up,” he said. “Watch your mouth!” his mother chided. I sat in the passenger seat, giggling softly to myself. “You know he’s right, though,” I chimed in. “It is pretty messed up that something like that would happen.” “Maybe, but it doesn’t […]

How to Grow a Wallflower

15 December, 2010 (13:03) | Social Commentary | No comments

“It’s a perfect storm,” I said, smirking. Dara scoffed. “It’s true!” I cried defensively. “It has to be the right time, the right mood, the right activity, the right music. It’s rare, but it happens.” “A perfect storm… right, Ben.” “Seriously,” I assured her. “I rarely dance, but I do dance. Rarely.” — When I […]

Digital Generation Gap

14 December, 2010 (13:23) | Social Commentary | 9 comments

For kids, computers are almost guaranteed to be communal, if only for parental control. “What are you doing?” The accusatory tone caught me off guard. “Um, I’m using the computer?” My fingers slowed as I flubbed the web address I was typing in. He raised an eyebrow and hovered over my shoulder. “You didn’t even […]

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