How To Save Democracy

“The function all expressions of contempt have in common is the defence against unwanted feelings.” - Alice Miller I read something the other day that got the alarm bells ringing. It was a book called The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller. In a nut shell Miller argues that our childhood experience -... Continue Reading →

Kissed For The Very First Time

Ten years ago, on April 8th, 2011, I met my wife for the first time at a dive bar in Hong Kong called Al’s diner. We immediately hit it off. The evening ended with us dancing to a number of 80’s classics. Despite several jello shots it took me a while to work up the... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Same Side.

Popsicle Breath, 2021. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. I fondly remember the days of grammar-school playgrounds; of brown-bagged lunches; of field trips to museums, caverns, and coal mines. I remember the sense of belonging within those classroom walls. There was a constance amongst us kids: a comradery that strengthened with... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Knowing.

Beauty in Three, 2017. Original Painting by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. There are many things I do not know. Like what it takes to make a light switch work; or how many species of bird reside in my home state. I do not know advanced mathematic formulas; I do not know why the... Continue Reading →

How To Make Love To Hate

“We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve been thinking about hate recently. Not only because we’ve see so much of it this past year, but because I’ve felt some as well. Truthfully it got to a point preceding the US election where it broke me... Continue Reading →

The Meaning Of Your Life

A life is infinitesimal in the grand scheme of things. When you zoom the lens out, when you consider the enormity of existence. A life is but a speck in the vastness of time and space. A life is nothing. It matters not a jot. But when you zoom the lens in, past all of... Continue Reading →

The Things That I Will Miss

“The great gift of such periods is that they invite us to question our certitudes, our givens, these seemingly sure foundations that have lulled us into complacency — for it is only by being jolted out of our complacencies, cultural or personal, that we ever reach beyond the horizon, toward new territories of truth, beauty,... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Used.

Raw, 2017. Acrylic on Canvas. Original Painting by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. I have a real thing about utility. When I lived in the city, and spent all my time at my boyfriend's apartment, it bothered me that my own four walls just sat there, waiting. No one home. Cups and cookbooks, sweaters and... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Space Between.

Realize, 2020. Riverhead, New York. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved, yo. I think there is great beauty in the space between: The space between sleep. The space between our brown-bagged lunches. The space between radio commercials. Life. It clicks by: In the flashes of headlights. The clanking of spoons. The aching of... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Unwritten Page.

Silent Shrug, 2015. Belgium. Original Photo by SnapDragon X.All rights reserved. What is with us humans? Why do we have a tendency to trivialize other people's problems, but when they happen to us, it's the end of the effing world? We compartmentalize for our friends: Hey, at least you don't have to worry about: the... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Mirror.

Gentle Spirit, 2019. Marker on Paper. Original Doodle by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. Like an elusive vapor, my reflection floats, then gently fades before my eyes. Like a favorite novel, its binding and its pages warp with the inevitable passing of time. Yet its story--its spirit--stays the same. . . . When I look... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Being Vulnerable.

(sighs) Life. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. But there is beauty in the struggle, my friend. Turn it Up, 2020. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. My greatest fear in life is to be misunderstood. I know, I know. Kiiind of wishful thinking on my part. Because really: who hasn't... Continue Reading →

Love

Hi everyone, I have been thinking about emotions lately. Their depth, their intricacies, their flow. How they are much more powerful than logic, whether we admit to this or not. Then, I started thinking about the emotions that are especially more powerful than others, at least for me. Love is one of them. Love is... Continue Reading →

Together Is Better

'A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however,... Continue Reading →

How To Be An Attractive Man

In our post industrial, feminist world, its not as clear a it used to be what a man is or what he should be. We live in a world, in which feminist groups often associate man's masculinity with 'tyranny' and as a result believe in degrading men's masculinity. Centuries ago, a mans duty was power... Continue Reading →

The Ignored Truths About Love

The other day I published an article on my blog about a couple of things I felt like I needed to get out there regarding love. And because of the controversy and people pointing their finger at me, I thought I'd get your opinion on these. 🙂 #1 Just because you're in love, doesn't mean... Continue Reading →

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