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

poetry

Emotionality

Emotions are like sparks,  Memories of something fiery, And yet simultaneously asleep. Inwardly they move us, Tell us what to do,  Or how we will feel upon certain actions. Like boundaries,  They prescribe limits. Emotionality is a relationship, A way in which we check in with ourselves, Asking, “Who am in this moment?” “Who am… Continue reading Emotionality

poetry

The emperor’s no-clothes

As the stories drift away, As the ideas fade to nothing, You are gradually left naked As a newborn babe, Birthed to a universe That is mysterious, Ever-changing, Pregnant with possibility And silent as to what it all means.