The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 4

X. Many of us who have spent time in 12-step or similar programs have come across the “martyr” personality. This person’s desire to clean up…


Diary of Another Madman

1 January 2015 I have twice sent out electronic messages-in-a-bottle, and twice have gone unanswered. The first time I considered it a one-off. The…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 3

VIII. I was too mentally fatigued to open my computer and work for my second (or at times, my third) job, so I simply sat in a chair and closed my…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 2

IV. I believe that confidence in social situations usually stems from a lack of introspection. The more you think about any given topic, the more you…


A Waking Nightmare

"Life is more like wrestling than dancing." --- Antoninus, vii. 61. Jared had always been a strange man. Not in a bad way, mind you: just a curious…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 1

I. Loneliness is quite possibly the worst emotion we can experience, especially if it becomes habitual. This is all the more true if our loneliness…


Wayward Youth

A Father’s Memoir to His Sons, Drawn from the de Blois Family Archive and Translated from the Original French Please try to understand: when my…


The Cards You’re Dealt

“I think this gentleman is waiting, ladies,” the man said. I was caught a bit off-guard by this. I had been watching the bearded man read tarot cards…


A Troubled Mind

“The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.” --- Stephen King, Bag of Bones My fascination with the macabre is absolute. This is what…


Samhain in the Desert

The wisest of Earth’s sages have hinted at the fact that our planet is under quarantine. It is not coincidental that our attempts to explore outer…