Thank you, Universe.

So I’m driving a lot these days, hopping from one community seed library to another, helping them use the WP-SeedBank software I wrote. (I’ve visited three, in three different US States, in the past week!) This means I have a car. This means I have to pay for (cheap) car insurance. And gas. And this […]

“Some people are good in the world,” she wrote to me in the bland, blocky text of my instant messenger window, “even people doing jobs that are super problematic! And! It’s always been true!” I’d just returned from another series of Quantum Leap-like adventures. In my excitement, I briefly shared the story of introducing a […]

Before he shot himself in the head, lead Nirvana singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain wrote hundreds of pages of personal musings in paperback journals. “I’m obsessed with Kurt Cobain,” one of the residents of my host’s house said. “What made him take that heroin, put the shotgun to his head, and pull the trigger? So when I […]

The grimy doors surprise me. Behind me are the bright lights of a few bars, their ostentatious fluorescent signage sparkling against the black of night. The sidewalks are spotless, the grass (unfortunately) mowed, and the lampposts pristine. But these doors are scratched to the point I can’t see through their glass windows clearly. I hear […]

Activism can be as simple as remarking on the unremarkable

“May I join you here?” I asked the group of three people on the second floor of a university coffee shop, by way of starting a conversation. “We’re all doing a Masters’ of Business,” one of the two men said. “What are you studying?” asked the other, who was wearing a red button-down shirt. “I’m […]

“I like your pen,” the sweet employee behind the counter at the travel shop said, gesturing to the pen tucked behind my ear. I smiled. “Thanks. Just a pen, but I use it often.” “I know,” they said. “I figured it wasn’t magic or nuthin’,” they said with a smile of explanation. That got me […]