Growing a Story Out of My Mustache

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November has somehow become the month of campaigns and causes relevant to my interests, neither of which I’ve done before, and both of which I’m doing this year. The first is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), where the challenge is to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel by the end … Read more →

Ferguson and the Cost of Sprawl

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Every time I think that there couldn’t be any more reasons to hate suburban sprawl, a new one crops up. This time, a good case is made that decaying suburbs create poverty, like that found in Ferguson, Missouri: Decline isn’t a result of poverty. The converse is actually true: poverty is the result of decline. … Read more →

Blue Collar

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Over the past week, I’ve been working on my house as we’ve hit two weeks until we move into our gutted and renovated house. My role has been 75% janitor, 25% troubleshooter as I’ve tried to keep things moving in this final push. It’s been really gratifying to finally do something on our house with … Read more →

I Used to Write

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I used to write a lot. I once wrote a 60 page undergrad thesis I’ve often thought of myself in the category of writer, which is of course laughable given that I write very little these days. A writer is, of course, someone who writes. That makes me an aspirational writer. This is already one … Read more →

Savouring is Better

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Stop: what’s the last amazing meal you had? Can you remember that first bite, the flavours and smells and texture coming together? Is your mouth watering now? Now, how did the 20th bite taste? The last bite? You probably can’t remember. I really like strong-tasting beers. Give ‘em to me hoppy, give ‘em to me … Read more →