Gruesome but Good

What if the overworked agents of the FDA and the animal welfare organizations could watch meat processing plants over a webcam? Bear with me–I know it’s horrifying to think about where your food comes from, or what it goes through to get to be a hamburger or a tasty chicken …

Ass to Chair

My niece, a budding artist and musician, said today that it has been months since she has picked up her guitar, or drawn more than a few drawings. She had some suppositions about why she wasn’t accomplishing more: she only liked to learn the guitar directly from a teacher; she …

Life as Usual

While I look for work, I continue to eat, drive, watch TV and read. Money is becoming tighter; I started to look for ways to save, ways to cut back.This is what I was doing: not buying extras, like dinners out, books or a stereo for my iPhone; buying cheaper …

Prompt: Ugly Reality

My family does not talk about the ugly things. A list of subjects I have rarely heard mentioned: throwing up, popping pimples, farting, cleaning up after a sick loved one, going to the bathroom, having a pelvic exam, descriptions of cruelty. In the same way, we don’t discuss the darkest …