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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The Lotus and the Swastika

Last week The Dalai Lama stumbled into some pretty spotty territory when he expressed sentiments that made far-right nationalists across the globe cheer. At a conference in Sweden he proclaimed “Europe belongs to Europeans“.  In 2016, he waded into similar waters when he told a group of German reporters that their homeland “cannot become an […]

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Fiction: The Body in the Pool

Originally published in Lamplight Magazine, December 2012. I caught the first glance of my visitor on a hot Tuesday morning just as I was about to take a swig of coffee. The mug made it just about to my chin before my brain finally processed the scene and ordered my arm to stop immediately. There […]

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