Category: Statement of Society

Shoot the Messenger 

When did contemporary culture become more interested in the person conveying information than the information actually being conveyed? In a world that seems to (on the surface) crave intellect, this indisputable phenomenon is the most nonintellectual approach to obtaining information imaginable. In the same…

I Am a Rock

I love those days when a song randomly cycles through my iTunes shuffle — a song which perfectly encapsulates the fleeting thoughts rushing through my mind. It’s happened to us all: a song on the radio, a song on a television show, a song…

Ninety-Five %

With all due respect, I hope Corbin Breitenbach dies in prison — slowly, painfully, and without mercy. Of course, I — along with 95% of the population of Wichita, Kansas — am pretty certain, based on the available evidence, that Corbin Breitenbach is guilty…

Too Old to Die Young

I don’t wish I was dead, and I’m certainly not suicidal, but I often find myself preoccupied with my own funeral. In addition, I’ve also come to a very difficult realization: If I were to die tomorrow in a terrible accident, it would not…

Out of Time

People are often prone to be “thankful” on Thanksgiving for the tangible and intangible things in their lives. Oddly, it seems materialistic to be thankful for the tangibles, yet admirable to be thankful for the intangibles. But what most people fail to acknowledge is…

WarGames

“When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. This misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that the other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did.” –Jill Blakeway Eliminate…

“After 3PM” — Sample Chapter

Chapter Ten The educational community is light-years away from actually solving the problem of teacher-student relationships. After everything that has happened, the correct and appropriate people are still not asking the correct and appropriate questions. It is easier to hastily and hatefully point fingers at…

Go to Jail

I don’t typically get really pissed off anymore. Today was an exception. As I sat in a waiting room today awaiting an appointment, I scrolled through my phone for something to occupy my attention until my name was called. I opened the KAKE-TV app…

American Horror Story

I have horrid nightmares about my relationship with my former student. It’s the same nightmare every time, like a false memory that haunts me in the waking hours of my (sometimes) tortured head-space. And the thing is, the dreams have nothing to do with…

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

It’s Halloween again. It’s my first Halloween since being released from prison. And until Monday, I didn’t really care. Seriously, I didn’t. I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween. It was always a pain-in-the-ass “holiday” where it’s socially permissible for kids I don’t…

People Don’t Care

Thank God for apathy and cowardice. When I came home from prison, one of my paramount fears and causes of anxiety was facing reality while wearing my newly-assigned (but deserved) scarlet letter. I held a strange but unfounded fear of someone shouting at me…

God and Me

Sometimes, I wonder if I’ve met God. I’ve come across some interesting characters in my walk through life, and there are days when maybe I think that at some point, The Man Upstairs has covertly paid me a visit. Sounds crazy, right? Is that…

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