Is this what all those tutors, lessons, sports, and camps, angst about toys, playtime, socialization and discipline, fights about homework, college prep, lectures about drugs and alcohol were about? Is all the money we pour into our little critters, all that time spent hovering over every detail of their lives, and all that driving — only intended to churn out another child’s personal assistant?
It takes a while to start to shed this kind of sexual baggage and to feel like it’s permissible to really enjoy sex with a partner as sex and not as a means to something else. It takes time, but age teaches you that sex can be an end in and of itself.
During an amazing moment of clarity I discovered the walls and trenches made me a prisoner, they in fact surrounded me, something akin to the Berlin Wall. While I looked out and saw others moving on to new relationships, exciting relationships that I wanted too, I was unreachable because I’d built my own Berlin wall. I had a circle of friends that would ‘fly in’, but would always escape to freedom when the visit was over. This walled city, the prison, was of my own doing.
I’ve become so disillusioned with American politics, both left and right, that I have effectively checked out and now occupy the place of a bemused observer. A pox on both their houses.
Moving to Allen Point was, for a five year-old boy, like moving into Christopher Robin’s Hundred Acre Wood or onto the island of the Swiss Family Robinson. “The Point,” as we called it, was...
Sure, we would like to believe that those neatly wrapped packages of meat that we buy at the grocery store come from well-treated and humanely slaughtered animals. And even that the eggs we buy come from equally well-treated hens. Sadly, however, this is simply not the case. I will not detail all the abuses that regularly take place on chicken farms and in slaughterhouses here, but I will attest to the fact that most animals raised for food or eggs live in horrendous conditions and are slaughtered in ways that cause them great suffering, tremendous fear, and slow, tortuous deaths. If you do not believe me, just do the research.
New beginnings are breaking out everywhere. In the past three weeks I’ve heard of new relationships starting up, new jobs showing up (just when needed), new businesses launching and some friends even returning to...