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Free Will is a
Crippling Existential Crisis

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Cold air washed over my face as I opened the glass door in front of me. I knew that I wasn’t ready to make this decision yet, but I thought that opening the door and forcing myself one step closer to making my choice might clear up any doubts in my head. It didn’t. My conundrum was as complicated as it had been before, only now there was a sense of urgency fizzing behind my already bubbling anxiety. ... read more

Cash Back is the King


Why, you ask? Cash back can be a significant source of your income if you use it wisely. Suppose you buy $500 worth of items per month—clothes, electronics, household goods, etc. As long as these things are available to purchase online and pick in store or are eligible for free shipping, you should always use one of these cash back options.

Again, why? So, here is the math behind it. If you are more

September 2018


(Dec 22- Jan 20)

A promotion may be in store for you at work, Capricorn, especially if you can be a little more personable at lunchtime—your coworkers care more about you than you realize. At a minimum, I’d recommend stopping the practice of sneaking into the breakroom and farting in the microwave... read more

The Fall of the Dog and the Treasures of Snow

Courtenay and Tinker

Poets say April is the cruellest month. This year I agree.

I promised my dog Tinker that someday we would run together through the silver grasses in the Summer Country. It couldn’t be heaven without her.

I didn’t know then that there would be no rest for me, eternal or otherwise, unless her weight was pressed against me. Most dogs are leapers... read more

Distance Learning:
A Father and Son in Spain


Some simple math: According to Google Maps, it takes about eight hours and fifteen minutes to drive Route A-52, the main road from St. Jean Pied du Port, France, to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, roughly five hundred miles. If you wake, have coffee and perhaps a croissant, and head out by eight, you’ll be in Santiago just after four that afternoon. Maybe a few minutes later since you... read more

Darkness, Light and the Primal Mother in the Modern World


Was I so desperate to be loved? Was I so starved for the bonds of family that I would seek out captivity, and make myself a slave?

20 years ago, I quit my job as a phone psychic to go to America and marry a man I had met while travelling. My boss, the witch Kerry Kulkins, called me to say farewell. And, as witches are want to do, she said out of the blue, “It’s about time... read more

Time and Time Again
by H. Beam Piper

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First published in Astounding Science Fiction in April 1947, this Cold War era tale opens with Captain Allan Hartley realizing that he is dying. He’s suffered through an atomic bomb blast, though thanks to the narcotic injects from the medics, he’s in little pain. He hears one of the corpsmen exclaim, recognizing him as an author of several books... read more

When We Argue About Unraveling Glass

melting glaciers

You want panic? Let me show you/ the Maypole dance constructed/ underwater, where the tardigrades/ have resorted to glass instead/ of shotgun flames, the kind you love/ in old movies, in the older country./These outstretched songs are fierce,/ but not enough for you, singer, rock/ collector too good for lava stone, too/ whole for my cracked humming.

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Mapping the Multiverse: How Far to the Next Universe?

Flame Nebula

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe” (Lao Tzu). Trust in the universe. This is the best pasta in the universe! People mean different things when they say “universe.” What does “universe” really mean?

One common understanding is that the universe means the totality of existence—everything that stretches out from our own small eyes... read more

Simple Spells for Summer

Courtenay self potrait

My journey of a thousand miles actually began by sitting down.

I don’t remember a time before frantic. I am a blur between school and work, meals, miles and dishes. How many jobs, managers, phone calls? It would be so much easier if they could just plug me in to the matrix and be done with it. The mental effort required to adapt is exhausting. I have made smiling at strangers a habit, a warmer version of a nervous tick... read more