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How a Dying Woman Became a Lasting Reminder of the Importance of Human Connection

Photo by Jackson Eaves on Unsplash

It is one of those nights when the commute between Seattle and my so-called home in the San Juan Islands feels more like punishment than reward. Long day, long drive, long boat ride. I’m working harder than I want at a job I dislike to maintain a bourgeois veneer I…

The movie version of Nella Larsen’s ‘Passing’ asks hard questions about the masks we wear and the tragic cost of pretending. But is this film worth watching?

Black & White photo of Ruth Negga with blonde hair and a white dress in a tea room with white curtains and table cloths.
Ruth Negga in “Passing.” Eduard Grau, cinematographer. via Netflix via New York Times

In secret ways rarely noticed or understood by adults, children hurt. When they grow up, those hurts are still with them. Motivating their behaviors in ways they don’t even recognize. The longings born of childhood suffering shape the kind of people we become.

If there is anything lacking in Rebecca…

One weekend, six weddings, and how a love torn apart by hate survived 40 years of separation and the pandemic

Black and white photo of young bride on a Chicago sidewalk to greet groom as a photographer looks on.
Chicago Wedding Couple — Street photography by the author

A young woman in a wedding dress is a mystical trigger. She is not only herself but an embodiment of dreams and aspirations that extend beyond her immediate union with her beloved. The dress itself, though often costly, is usually worn in public only once. …

Gabby Petito and the racial implications of beauty bias. Why looks determine who gets loved, who gets hired, and why that needs to change.

Picture of young white woman with sad eyes on a blue background
Image by Khusen Rustamov from Pixabay

For the record, there are no ugly women. Only people with ugly thoughts who see others through the airbrushed filter of fashion and cosmetics marketing.

Their likes and swipes on social media and popular dating apps send a negative and often harmful message. Not only to girls who already believe…

First penned by Plato in ancient Greece, it’s the key to creating stories that connect.

Photo of three core members of the Doobie Brothers playing guitar — Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, and John McFee
Three core members of “The Doobie Brothers” by Cisco Service Provider is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

During the past 50 years, the Doobie Brothers have sold 50 million albums. Although they’re a 70s band whose members are now in their 70s, don’t write them off as throwback old-timers. They know a few things about creativity that could make you a better and more financially successful writer.

Choosing to visit the much-hyped immersive experience may depend on how you feel about ‘Emily in Paris’ & condoms.

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The immersive exhibits built around the Dutch painter who famously cut off his ear might be more appropriately named the Van Gogh prophylactic experience.

I don’t mean to trash the exhibit that’s attracted millions in 29 American cities this year. But now that I can say “been there, done that”…

Here are five ways to end the polarization they exploit all the way to the bank.

Black and white photo of the Three Stooges showing Curly Joe having his tooth pulled with a pair of pliers by Moe, while Larry holds Curley’s head still.
“The Three Stooges” by twm1340 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

This morning, I watched a man take Ivermectin on some kind of Internet TV show. It was a kind of schtick intended to show the anti-parasite drug was safe and might even be better than vaccines against COVID-19. For the record, the FDA and the drug’s maker have both said…

A Colorado grand jury has indicted five men for McClain’s death. But will that prevent this tragedy from happening to others?

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A name is destiny. And a name like Elijah carries a great deal of weight. Christians, Muslims, and Jews all revere him as a prophet. You’d think bearing the name Elijah might protect you from harm. But there is one line in the New Testament that says quite the opposite…

Andrew Jazprose Hill

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