Hansel & Gretel | The Brothers Grimm

Hansel & Gretel

Length: 1500 words, 9 minutes

Hansel one day took his sister Gretel by the hand, and said, ‘Since our poor mother died we have had no happy days; for our new mother beats us all day long; and when we go near her, she pushes us away. We have nothing but hard crusts to eat; and the little dog that lies by the fire is better off than we, for he sometimes has a nice piece of meat thrown to him. Heaven have mercy upon us! Oh, if our poor mother knew how we are used! Come, we will go and travel over the wide world.’ Continue reading “Hansel & Gretel | The Brothers Grimm”

Pearls of Wisdom? …or Hopeless Mess?

I like wisdom, and I like to collect pieces of it. I try to collect them and string them together here in this blog, but I think it’s more like a jumbled mess of a jewelry box.

Another stream of consciousness exercise. Let’s see what comes out. Don’t expect anything earth-shattering, here. Six random words: enter brother pearl disintegration destiny great. Continue reading “Pearls of Wisdom? …or Hopeless Mess?”

Against Consumerism

Life isn’t about the things that you buy, it’s about the experiences that you have, the character you build for yourself, what you can learn about our world, and the mark you can leave behind.

This is a stream of consciousness exercise. Let’s see what comes out. Don’t expect anything earth-shattering, here. Continue reading “Against Consumerism”

Group Study: The Existence of God

This is the beginning of a 2-part series (within each part there will be separate for/against threads). Here are the topics:

  • 1.A) Give me your best argument FOR the existence of god.
  • 1.B) Refute/Give me your best argument AGAINST the existence of god.
  • 2.A) Assuming god exists, give me your best argument that Christianity IS true.
  • 2.B) Assuming god exists, refute/give me your best argument that Christianity IS NOT true.

Continue reading “Group Study: The Existence of God”

Lectures on Personality by Jordan Peterson—#2 Mythological Representations

I’m hopelessly addicted to Jordan Peterson’s lectures. What follows is a distillation of some of the ideas that I’m hearing from him, and I can in no way take credit for any of these ideas. My way of processing information is to listen, take notes, and internalize the content. My goal is to be able to intelligently summarize these ideas for other people in conversation.  Continue reading “Lectures on Personality by Jordan Peterson—#2 Mythological Representations”

One Year of Recipes for Lazy Cheapskates

Eliminate the hassle of planning meals for an entire year.

This is the third part of a trio of blog posts on weight loss, food, and working out. I am a lazy cheapskate, and that makes it really difficult for me to get nutritious meals on the table. Allow me to complain for a brief moment before I give you my introduction and list of recipes. Continue reading “One Year of Recipes for Lazy Cheapskates”

My Sources? Just Google It!

Response: Go bleep yourself.

We have this social media platform here called “nextdoor.com“. It’s pretty handy because it connects you to people that live in your immediate neighborhood, as well as those in the next neighborhoods over. There are lots of useful things posted about local schools, events, lost pets, free stuff in the alley, etc. I highly recommend joining whether you are a homeowner or not. Continue reading “My Sources? Just Google It!”

Mere Christianity

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth.

A friend of mine is a big fan of C.S. Lewis, and I asked for a recommendation for which one to read first. “Mere Christianity” was the response. So, like most books of this nature I like to take notes so that I can internalize the content better. Also like most books that I read, I may or may not finish it, but I’ll get as far as I can! Continue reading “Mere Christianity”

The Lighter Side of Thinking: Amusement

“If you came here for looking something profound, you’re gonna have a bad time.” –Meme

One of my guilty pleasures is 9gag.com. It’s a comedy website/mobile-app with user-generated content that can range from completely vapid to utterly profound, and yes—sometimes quite dark. I think the reason why I like this site and memes in general is its evolutionary nature. Each meme is a little information packet that comes with pre-coded meaning. The users take that pre-coded meaning and mutate it in a slightly different way with a new perspective or experience. Meme culture is the very embodiment of an online tribe: you either “get it” and you’re in the in-group, or you don’t and you’re a loser. So there. Continue reading “The Lighter Side of Thinking: Amusement”