Anne Shirley, Literary Life Coach

“It’s all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it’s not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?” So says my dear fictional friend and kindred spirit, the incomparable Anne Shirley. As I’ve been rereading this favorite from my childhood, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, it has become clear to me how … Continue reading Anne Shirley, Literary Life Coach

No, You Can’t Reinvent the Wheel, But…

In his comedy special “New In Town” John Mulaney remarks that the satisfaction of cancelling plans is akin to using heroin. Having never used heroin myself, I can neither confirm nor deny the validity of this statement; I can however affirm that I love not doing things. I’m a homebody through and through, and I can’t remember any time in my existence where I would … Continue reading No, You Can’t Reinvent the Wheel, But…

5 Things About Writing That I Learned From My Dog

My wife and I got our first dog together in November of 2019. I should first clarify by saying that of course we grew up with dogs, both us with labradors whom we loved and adored, but the dog we took in during the waning months of 2019 was our dog. Like never before in our lives we were solely responsible for the health and … Continue reading 5 Things About Writing That I Learned From My Dog

How Spirited Away Is About Unflinchingly Accepting Adolescence

Miyazaki’s masterful storytelling and fine-tuned artistic vision is apparent in many if not all of the Studio Ghibli films, especially in one of the most iconic, Spirited Away. I remember watching Spirited Away for the first time in middle school. I had to ask my mom to buy it off the cable’s pay-per-view, patiently waiting as she fiddled with the remote’s buttons to punch in … Continue reading How Spirited Away Is About Unflinchingly Accepting Adolescence

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The Only New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Ever Need

Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you kept it, maybe as of mid-January you gave up and figured life was more about being happy than thin. We’re not here to judge. A new year is a time of new beginnings. It’s a socially contrived chance to fundamentally change something about yourself. After all, as they say … Continue reading The Only New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Ever Need