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On Life as a Constant Adventure and the Role of Companions

December 11th, 2014

A friend of mine recently posted the following status update on Facebook: “Life should be a constant adventure, the person you choose to spend your time with should not want to stop that adventure, rather they should want to come along for the journey…“ Ignoring the run-on sentence issue, this kind of life philosophy may […]

Sunday Snippet: Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs

November 30th, 2014

“But in the pages of Marvel comic books, [Stan] Lee behaved from the start as if a vast, passionate readership awaited each issue that he and his key collaborators, Kirby and Steve Ditko, churned out. And in a fairly short period of time, this chutzpah–as in all those accounts of magical chutzpah so beloved by […]

Sunday Snippet: Scott Kurtz (PvP Comic)

November 23rd, 2014

“If I’ve learned one thing in the 14 years I’ve been a full-time cartoonist, it’s that you can not let anyone else define your professionalism. It has to be a personal ethos to which you adhere despite third party influence or acceptance. The old measuring sticks for professionalism are going away and now more than […]

Sunday Snippet: Dr. Frank Crane (1861-1928)

November 16th, 2014

“Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time and soul power to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different.” I would like to start up my own […]

Why I Never Complain (About Being Bored)

November 10th, 2014

In last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, one of the characters complained about being bored. Then, someone told him that he is incredibly lucky to feel safe enough to be bored in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. (Excuse the vagueness as I’m trying to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the show.) […]

Sunday Snippet: Seneca the Younger

November 2nd, 2014

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no […]

On Seeking Validation (It’s Not About You)

October 28th, 2014

It’s a very common piece of advice. Don’t worry what other people think. Just keep doing what you want to do and what you think is right and everything will work itself out in the end. People that provide you with this little nugget of wisdom surely mean well, but just like assuming that the […]

Sunday Snippet: Happy Birthday Edition

October 26th, 2014

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” Today is my birthday and I am now firmly ensconced in my 30s. I’m not really sure how I feel about that, as it seems like I’m too old to be “young” and too young to be considered “old.” I suppose it’s all a matter of […]