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30

I’m 30 now, the age I was always meant to be. This seems like a good time to write a post with some subheads of conclusions I’ve reached in three decades. Luckily, I have subheads AND conclusions, though I reserve the right to modify both. 1. The work is its own reward. For me, “the work” is writing. (Also sometimes…

Here Are Some of My Least Favorite Phrases

“Life is not a dress rehearsal.” No shit. Who’s saying it is? I’ve never once thought, “life is kind of a dress rehearsal.” What’s the analogy here–we’re all just playing dress-up and pretending? No one thinks that. Everyone understands that life is actual, real life. Who are the people out there who think life is a dress rehearsal and need…

Faith vs. Religion

I’ve been on a spiritual journey of late. I’ll spare you all the details—they’re scattered and frankly hard for me to corral—but in the last few years I’ve been trying to reconcile my feeling of connection with a higher power with the seemingly arbitrary (and sometimes hypocritical) boundaries of organized religion. I think we all have that connection, actually; I…

Bob Ross Thursday (Netflix Edition)

Yes, friends, I’ve heard the good news. I’ve gotten the texts and tweets and notifications. June 2016 will go down as a milestone month, because the Happy Painter himself, the greatest man to ever grace our television screens, Bob Ross, is finally on Netflix. His teachings are eternal. His hair is immovable. He is Bob Ross. #BeautyIsEverywherehttps://t.co/PCBk9M9LUO — Netflix US…