Like the pain of a breakup, friendship splits can have lasting effects—on your self-esteem, ability to trust people, and feeling of identity. They can leave you second-guessing yourself, wondering if you were the problem all along, or getting bitter about how the situation went down. It almost always involves grief—the feeling that someone who should be in your life isn’t anymore. They haven’t passed away, but they’re not present, either.
It is that time of year once again. The time of year when I recover my WordPress password to Offer Unsolicited Opinions on Things You Don’t Care About. Unless you do (thanks, SEO!) In which case, welcome to Auds Yells About Music (Again). No Shaq. I don’t think I will. Everyone’s talking about music at … Continue reading Year of the Bear: A Review of Bear McCreary’s Smorgasbord of 2022 Albums
Never talk to me or my son (the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Soundtrack by Howard Shore) ever again. When I was growing up, my parents never acquiesced to playing children’s music in the car. I mean, my brother and I got to choose from time to time what played, but it was rarely … Continue reading I Just Really Like Movie Sountracks, Okay??
I used to feel guilty about not listening to worship music all the time as a Christian. I still feel guilty if I don’t feel like I’m “connecting” with God when I listen to or sing certain worship songs. I’ve come to learn that worship is a posture, not a preference. We all worship in different ways.
I knew that day in my kitchen I wasn’t about to change the world. But as I stared at the powdered sugar, I thought, might as well. So in went the powdered sugar into my cockamamie cookies. If I was going to experiment, I was going to go all the way.
Whether you like it or not, Christmas music is here. It’s after Thanksgiving, so all the naysayers have already had their day with the Christmas-music-right-after-Halloween crowd. Which is me. I’m one of those people who ramps up the Christmas music on November 1. I’ve pretty much always been that way. Then again, I was the … Continue reading Prepare Him Room
One of my biggest vices is self-image. If I were honest with myself, I would say that I want to be all things to all people–a human chameleon, if you will. People pleasing is a pretty typical human trait. Since we’re social creatures, we want people to like us. But sometimes, it can drive us … Continue reading You Don’t Bow Down to Them.
I’m a crusty old Millennial. Not really. I’m actually right on the cusp of Millennialism. I was born in 1996, which most people contend is the cutoff. Generational divides are fairly fluid, but in general, Millennials are among those who came of age at the turn of the millenium, who remember a time before … Continue reading Euphoria and the Nihilism of Generation Z
Before I get into the meat of this long-overdue Media Minute, I want to take this space to announce that I now co-host a podcast about movies! My friend Corey and I have launched “And the Award Goes To…”, a podcast that focuses on the Academy Awards. Listen on Spotify or wherever you find your … Continue reading Media Minute – Lockdown Edition! May 2020
We made it through another one! I started round three in the hope that it would get me through quarantine, and it did, but now there’s more quarantine because it got extended for a little. Oh well. At least it got me through these first thirty days. I thought I’d end with a bang–one of … Continue reading Day 30: English Ivy – Rogue Valley