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Thinning

Those old giant forests, masters of wind and makers of weather, base populations for ecosystems beyond our ken, are gone now. Their final stands are reserved for the wealthy few, but adaptable humans have persuaded ourselves of the beauty found in rotted remnants.

Jack – Motorcyclist

Outcomes

I'm not proud of any of this. As I write this, it's National Coming Out Day. That's not my day, any more than Black Lives Matter is my life. I don't have any desire to dorksplain the meaning of situations, life circumstances, or events to which I am not party. More important to listen, I suspect, so maybe I'll post this tomorrow. My closet boasts not a single cheerful rainbow. There are universal human reasons for closets, though. They're where we hide like children. They're where we store the costumery we're not wearing right now: old fur, … [Read More...]

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Bones & Blood (a listicle)

Diary entry from near my birthday in January, 2017:As a toddler, I was startled to learn from my larger, older cousin that a kid (say, for example, a larger, older cousin) could deploy a toy truck made from six pounds of rock maple as an effective, two-armed cudgel. That was the first time I had my nose broken. It’s bled at the drop of a hat ever since, so please don’t touch my hat. The day Dad broke my jaw with a casual backhand, I was four years old. I didn’t smart off to him because I thought he was evil; I automatically stood up to him … [Read More...]

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