Have Fun in Your Life

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Thunder Dolphin roller coaster in Tokyo.

27 November 2017

Today I got on the early morning train to Shinjuku in order to make it to the 6:30 Aikido class. Even at 5:37 a.m. it was standing room only on the Odakyu line, and I ended up in front of an old party who was quietly snoring away on the heated seat, his head bowed so that the large yellow letters on his pink baseball cap were clearly visible: HAVE FUN IN YOUR LIFE. It felt like a message from beyond. OK, I thought to myself, I’ll try to have fun in my life. Read full post

A short piece on a favorite SFF writer

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Author Alice Sheldon, pictured in 1939.

“Alice Sheldon shall appeal to the masses in the year 2017.” (Roberto Bolaño, Amulet) Read full post

Atlas of the Underworld

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One of Gustav Doré‘s illustrations of Dante’s Inferno

Atlas of the Underworld –

Just let that roll off your tongue and imagine what it might look like. Probably not like what it is – The Atlas of the Underworld is, according to D.G. Van der Meer and D.J.J van Hinsbergen, “the first complete mapping of subducted plates in the Earth’s mantle and their geological interpretation.” Subducted plates refers to parts of the surface of the earth’s crust that have been pushed under other parts of the earth’s crust. This is a change in thinking, and an important new window on Earth’s crustal processes. Read full post

Passing Time: Samhain

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Welcome to the seventh article in our rituals series. I went with the modern pagan wheel of the year calendar because several of us are familiar with it and it evenly breaks up the twelve months into manageable chunks of time. There will a mix of spiritual and secular practices and observations for each holiday–I can’t promise ahead of time if any will be weighted more one way or the other, but I’ll do my best to include something for everyone. I’ll post these the Wednesday before the holiday date. Thank you to the contributors! You are invaluable. Read full post

A Hot Take on #metoo

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Available from Etsy seller astropuke

Author’s Note: the #metoo movement started with activist Tarana Burke ten years ago.

When I woke up this morning, my very first thoughts were thoughts of gratitude. “Thank gods,” I thought to myself, “for the freaks and geeks. For the loser, weirdo kids that make it out of tumultuous teen years alive, for the broken, shattered people who paste ourselves back together with the psychic equivalents of gold and lead.” Somehow, somewhere along the way, we learn to find each other, and we – the repaired broken – help each other out. Without these other like-minded humans, the people who are repeatedly hurt, broken, damaged, these people who rise out of bed every morning  regardless… without them, there would be no road map, no reason to think that I and I alone feel just how awful we are to each other on the regular. Read full post

Passing Time: Autumnal Equinox

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I saw this on a Tumblr search for fall equinox images and there was no way I wasn’t using it. For those not on Tumblr or Twitter, I give you Know Your Meme, and my apologies.

Welcome to the sixth article in our rituals series. I went with the modern pagan wheel of the year calendar because several of us are familiar with it and it evenly breaks up the twelve months into manageable chunks of time. There will a mix of spiritual and secular practices and observations for each holiday–I can’t promise ahead of time if any will be weighted more one way or the other, but I’ll do my best to include something for everyone. I’ll post these the Wednesday before the holiday date. Thank you to the contributors! You are invaluable. Read full post

Personal Growth vs. Old Demons

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I never understood why people said to enjoy high school, that they were the best years of my life. As a miserable teenager, this thought was not comforting. As a slightly happier 20-something, making my first real friends at University, I laughed at the people for whom that was true. As a 30-something “adult,” there are things about teenagehood that I miss. Sitting in my room undisturbed for hours on end, for example. Knowing that my laundry would be done for me. Never having to cook if I wanted to eat. But high school? The large machine through which we are squozen into our final acceptable-to-capitalism shape? That was awful. I remain deeply, deeply suspect of humans who are somehow convinced that being an awkward teen is The Pinnacle of Human Existence. Read full post