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Which nature do you mean?

I stopped to take a photo today of a praying mantis. This jerk didn’t like my attention. I’ve never seen a mantis fly, especially not right at me. Insects in general are pretty horrible creatures. They eat anything smaller than themselves, including their own siblings and babies. They don’t often...

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Graphic Novel and Comic Creator’s Group – The Writers’ Rooms

At the end of September, there’s a new writers’ group in Iowa City, The Paneled Room, one of The Writers’ Rooms. I’ve been so impressed with The Writers’ Rooms, a non-profit organization that: ENDEAVORS TO HELP ALL WRITERS WITH THEIR CRAFT. WE STRIVE TO ENCOURAGE AND FOSTER COMMUNITY-SOURCED KNOWLEDGE TO HELP LEAD...

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Life is big, my stomach is not

Maintaining direction is tough, especially the more time I spend on social media or the web generally. I’ve always had a strong inner direction, personal interests that aren’t much changed (even if judged) by others, but as I get older, the world is actually getting bigger. That means I see...

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Darklord Webcomic Sneak Peek

What a summer! It had nothing to do with drawing or writing, but it was sure active. My girlfriend broke up with me. So much was said at the end that it colors all that went before. If you’re over 30 years old or so, you likely know what I...

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Attending the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) Course

I attended the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course (CF-L1) this past weekend and wanted to share my experience. I won’t know whether I passed the test when I post this [edit 8/27/2018–I passed]. I feel like I did, but regardless, I got so much out of this weekend. It was a...

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What’s Wrong With Protein as a Processed Food

What’s the value in consuming protein shakes and protein bars? To get more protein in our diets, you say. We all know by now that we need to focus on getting more protein if we want to feel satiated and lose fat, build muscle and strengthen our immune systems. What...

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Daoism has nothing to say about what you should do

If you’re new to Daoism, I encourage you to read the original works. Don’t rely on people you follow on social media. The beauty of the writings of Laozi and Zhuangzi is the emphasis on living our stories spontaneously without an attempt to control, define, or evaluate them. Implicit, and...