“As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever-branching and beautiful ramifications.”
– Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

The phone on my work desk rings.

“Excuse me while I take this call.” I tell the stranger opposite me.

I lift the handset. “Oh Tim! Tohru has been attacked by dogs. He’s bleeding Tim. He’s dying in my arms!” Continue reading “Tohru”

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At the Bay of Boredom


 “But though the ocean and intertidal water already swarmed with life, the land above the high-tide line was still, so far as we can guess, a stony wilderness without a trace of life.” – H. G. Wells, Outline of History

The creeping shadow of boredom was once again clouding my countenance. It presented itself in confounding opposition to the crystal blue cloudless sky and warm sun. A Father of two young girls, staring down the barrel of the big four-zero, I had begun to experience the faint sense of an approaching finality. Work, eat, and sleep. Continue reading “At the Bay of Boredom”

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Coke versus Pepsi Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love High Fructose Corn Syrup

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

“Government is the Entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.” – Frank Zappa

Many, many years ago my parents took my sister and I to see a Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Game. To say that I was excited is an understatement. As a young boy obsessed with Saturday morning television fare, I was finally going to see in the flesh characters that I had only previously seen depicted as guest stars in one of my favourite shows – Scooby-Doo. Continue reading “Coke versus Pepsi Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love High Fructose Corn Syrup”

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