Fiction: At Dawn, the Rains

I Ana lowered the burlap-wrapped bundle into the small hole in the ground and then stepped back to where her two companions stood.  Moriah had been a faithful friend to her, and she felt a pang of guilt over what she’d had to do.  But with the hour of reckoning upon them it was really […]

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Another Synaptic Holiday History Part 4: A Fairy Tale They Say, The Long, Strange History of the Snowman

Bing Crosby dreamed of a White Christmas and Dean Martin implored us to Let it Snow. Commuters and those with driveways to shovel might take issue with these holiday anthems, but I suspect most do so with far less vitriol during the Christmas season. After all, what would the holiday be like without pictures of […]

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Another Synaptic Holiday History Part 3: More Rapid than Eagles…The Story of Santa’s Reindeer

As a young boy, I often found myself confused as to how Santa Claus could get around the world and deliver toys to virtually every home in a single night. A very rational question that has backed more than a few parents into corners trying to defend their collective ruse. Well, the answer is obvious, […]

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The Superhero’s Journey

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely“ -Lord Acton “…with great power there must also come — great responsibility!“ -Ben Parker Like many other kids, I often imagined what my life would be like if I had superpowers. A lot of my time in school (a truly great location to daydream about being somewhere else) […]

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Synaptic History of Halloween Part 11: Hail Infernal World! A Brief Biography of The Devil

If you’ve read any of the previous ten installments of this series, you’ve probably figured out that I have a bit of a thing for monsters. I should be clear that even as a kid I never entertained much belief in malevolent supernatural beings. As is the case for most children, adults around me were […]

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