essays

Cults, culture, and charismatic leaders

I once dated someone who was a member of an ongoing, intensive support group, and I spent the first half of our relationship trying to persuade her that it was a cult. “You don’t need the group in order to be healthy!” I would tell her, “You don’t need them! Just look at me: I’m… Continue reading Cults, culture, and charismatic leaders

Interview/Talk

Mask-ulinity (spiritual talk)

In this video, I discuss masculinity, whiteness, mask-wearing, and social distancing in terms of my own experiences with the same topics. I believe this sharing is important because it allows a vulnerable, internal window into the experience of those who may resist social change. In the end, I offer that mask-wearing and social distancing are… Continue reading Mask-ulinity (spiritual talk)

poetry

A prayer for the summer solstice

May the awakening of this moment be complete. May all beings know God’s love in their hearts and minds and, with this love, may they accept their true selves. With this self-acceptance, may our systems bend irrevocably in the directions of health and justice. With this equilibrium, may our environment, too, know equilibrium. May the… Continue reading A prayer for the summer solstice

essays, Personal writing, Uncategorized

The authentic self and the illusion of the academy

While living in Colorado Springs between 2015 and -16, I wrote a novel on power, alienation, and education. I never gave it a title, but the work describes a high-powered Academy where children are taken away from their families, then trained in a series of exercises that culminate in the ability to “Produce,” meaning manifest… Continue reading The authentic self and the illusion of the academy