The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

The Impetus We’re  lounging on yoga mats listening to Max Strom speak in his solid, deep voice. A voice rich with inflection. With an impish smile, (insofar as a man so large can insinuate impish) Max tells us of a tale from “The Snow Leopard.” Imagine a village high in the Himalayas, perhaps above the tree line. […]

In the land of the faceblind 2 faced lady is queen

In the land of the faceblind 2 faced lady is queen

“It never seemed worth risking the rejection to bother asking someone else to come along,” I wrote. My English teacher returns my paper with a big fat red circle around the word “It.” What does this refer to? Ms Mcguire wants to know. I dunno. The rejection doesn’t seem worth risking? grrrr. I don’t make the […]

Swear never to be silent

Swear never to be silent

“I swore never to be silent whenever and where ever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. – Elie Wiesel As a young person I put up with more than my share of crap. It ain’t no […]

Over it

Over it

“Shouldn’t you be over that by now?” is what she asks me. Before I elaborate on what “it” is, the following analogy: Let’s say you’re a kid. Your dog has puppies. Your parents, bless their hearts relatively loving yet decidedly overburdened, can’t handle the additional expense. No one means to traumatize you for life. In fact, […]

Does this Body make me look fat?

Does this Body make me look fat?

“Anime” and “Manga” are words in English. “Anime” is a style of animation that originated in Japan with full-fledged young adult/adult level story lines, very distinctive from Saturday morning cartoons of yore. Manga refers to the graphic novels or comics drawn in this particular style. Americans I know who enjoy anime and manga consider them […]