EXPLORING THE INTERESTS AND CURIOSITIES THAT SHAPE US

Exploring the interests and curiosities that shape us

Exploring the interests and curiosities that shape us

FEATURED cultural COMMENTARY

FEATURED cultural COMMENTARY

HERE’S WHAT THE DEATH CLOCK TOLD ME THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

by leah zitter ph.d

HERE’S WHAT THE DEATH CLOCK TOLD ME THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

by leah zitter ph.d

Just minutes ago, the Death Clock told me I’ve got 6 years 3 days to live.

When I saw that forecast, I couldn’t think straight. I have my Thermos flask near me. I rubbed my eyes, poured some of its coffee into its cup and sipped the coffee to jolt my mental juices:

  I need to think clearly.

We stuffed ourselves with all the goodies we’d never had, so we swelled with attainments like raisins soaked in tap-water.

But what did we actually do?

Put another way: We got; what did we give? Or, we accomplished; what did we achieve?

Yeah, we spoke at seminars, yeah, we conducted research, yeah, we serviced CEOs and CFOs – but in which way did we add to the trellis of helpful knowledge in the world? What little bit of originality did we leave to make the world better? In which way were we world-impacting “human doings” rather than self-obsessed “human beings”?

Just minutes ago, the Death Clock told me I’ve got 6 years 3 days to live.

When I saw that forecast, I couldn’t think straight. I have my Thermos flask near me. I rubbed my eyes, poured some of its coffee into its cup and sipped the coffee to jolt my mental juices:

 I need to think clearly.

We stuffed ourselves with all the goodies we’d never had, so we swelled with attainments like raisins soaked in tap-water.

But what did we actually do?

Put another way: We got; what did we give? Or, we accomplished; what did we achieve?

Yeah, we spoke at seminars, yeah, we conducted research, yeah, we serviced CEOs and CFOs – but in which way did we add to the trellis of helpful knowledge in the world? What little bit of originality did we leave to make the world better? In which way were we world-impacting “human doings” rather than self-obsessed “human beings”?…[READ MORE]

A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Trigger Happy

Trigger Happy

In photos of myself from that day, I stand with my right foot in front of my left, my weight leaning into the gun, just like Chris taught me. One eye squinted, the other wide open, focused. When I look at the photos, I feel even more in control than I felt in the...

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Tariq

Tariq

My first day in Kani on the southern Saharan fringe, I met Tariq. His skin was darker than the sand under my feet, but not quite the burnt brown of the dust that blew from the west every afternoon, darkening the sky and burnishing the mud- and stone-walls of the...

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Whatever shape reality takes is often a reflection of the world around us. Through the art of storytelling, we are able to understand our society, our culture, and ourselves better.

A collection of today’s Best short stories.

Jell-O

I opened the refrigerator door. Wow. Incredible. There was nothing but plastic racks and a winters breeze. I did a prostate examination of the fridge’s interior. Up. Down. Side to side. Twisting. Turning. Clamping. Squeezing. Nothing. I shoved my head so deep into the...

REVISITING LUMBARTON

“Compassion is dangerous." Ben’s electric blue eyes spark and he leans across the red tabletop in the Waffle House booth. “And your religion is compassion. My religion is capitalism.” I cringe and inch toward the back of the booth, sitting tall. I’m here to listen,...

Bwoot Heel Bwoose

Mona and Cindy linked arms and wended their way through the picnickers scattered throughout the Missouri Desert. Passing through clutches of picnickers huddled beneath umbrellas and portable canopies, Mona caught snatches of conversation, snippets of conversations...

THE LAKE

Her mother always believed that open water had a way of healing the soul. Cradling concerns and enveloping reality. Just for a moment. Just until the pain went away. Just until its sweet release healed any remaining wounds. And so she made a routine. A ritual so to...

Good Day, Sir or Madam

“Hey,” said the fly, making its rounds from Point A to Point B to Point C and back to Point A again. “You should die." Arjun wiped some sweat from his forehead as he dialed another number. “Hey,” said the fly again. “You should die.” It skimmed around the carpeted...

The Optimist

I miss the crackle of a drawn cigarette.  I used to smoke one every morning over coffee and pellegrino; I felt wildly italian.  These days, the closest I get to that feeling is sneaking instant coffee into the recreation yard on spaghetti and meatball day.  If I’m...

A Man of Class

Arthur threw down The Wall Street Journal onto the tablecloth. After pushing his soft-boiled egg and toast to the center of the table, he tore off the bottom right corner of the paper containing the story that prompted his revulsion. Then he grabbed his cell phone and...

Bubbles

She was walking barefoot, back and forth in the way too long corridor of her house and thinking: Sabuncakis must be closed by now, coffee shops must be packed with people, sea buses must be slicing through the dark blue waters and taking revenge of their usedness, and...

Cultural Commentaries

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KEEP ON BURNING

KEEP ON BURNING

Call them siren’s songs or melodies from the muses. From a favorite perch, a wicker swing aloft in a metal frame, any given day it might be Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Tina Turner whose voice spun from the record’s grooves. Their voices and songs became...

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IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

In my family, food is how we say, “I love you.” The meal we cook is a valentine. Eating every bit of what’s served is a return kiss. And this lover’s dance passed down to me. If I care about you, I cook for you.     I learned this from my grandmother, “Nanny,” we...

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Happening Around You

From Philosophy to Canna Culture and everything in between

Are You the One: Come One, Come Most?

Are You the One: Come One, Come Most?

What is Missing in MTV’s Sexually Fluid Reality Show... MTV recently decided to morph its “Are You the One” franchise into a “sexually fluid” experiment. In the new season of the show, coined “Come One Come All,” sixteen people live in a mansion together in an attempt...

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Providing a place of connection through a free forum of discussion, opinion and analysis on the topics that affect us the most. Confident, contrary and full of passion.

Cultural Commentaries

A genuine reflection of the human experience in today’s world

IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

In my family, food is how we say, “I love you.” The meal we cook is a valentine. Eating every bit of what’s served is a return kiss. And this lover’s dance passed down to me. If I care about you, I cook for you.     I learned this from my grandmother, “Nanny,” we...

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“Unlovable” Thing

“Unlovable” Thing

I could only watch in horror as he grabbed anything to stop her from moving.  I wonder if someone else saw me struggling like I was seeing her but wasn’t sure whether to stop it.  This thought alone made me hesitate next to the glass, stomach in a knot.  Was he...

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The Scent of Sun

The Scent of Sun

Photo: The Longest Night: The hangers are often the last working during those endless hours of harvest, stuck inside air conditioned boxes while hurricane fans shoot kief in the eyes and the sun threatens to slip over the morning hills, crushing the possibility of...

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Happening Around You

From philosophy to canna culture and everything in between

Are You the One: Come One, Come Most?

Are You the One: Come One, Come Most?

What is Missing in MTV’s Sexually Fluid Reality Show... MTV recently decided to morph its “Are You the One” franchise into a “sexually fluid” experiment. In the new season of the show, coined “Come One Come All,” sixteen people live in a mansion together in an attempt...

read more
The Hidden Danger of SoundCloud Rap

The Hidden Danger of SoundCloud Rap

If you’re a hip-hop head, a young person, or someone who has logged onto Soundcloud at least once in the past two years, you’ve certainly been exposed to a fair few young rappers with a certain radical means of appearance. They have hair of many shades, are tatted up...

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The Paper Chase

The Paper Chase

I started smoking weed at the age when most people stop. I was in my early 20s and living in Victoria, where I got my English degree. Even back in the mid-1990s, Victoria was very cannabis-friendly. The compassion clubs and head shops had yet to open, but the attitude...

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The Ganja Gap: Where Is The Marijuana Middle Ground?

One is either in the Joe Rogan or Ben Shapiro camp when it comes to the issue of marijuana. And I mean on every aspect of the marijuana debate; it may be a more black or white conversation than American politics. Where are the individuals who are in grey?  Marijuana...

The Rise Of Girl Gamers

Today, Gaming for many has become an acceptable hobby and even career choice. While just a few years ago the mere thought of becoming a professional streamer or gamer was more fantasy than reality. Now, with eSports competitions and streaming platforms like Twitch,...

Can We Stop Making Political Judgments About Aesthetic Creations

In this politically supercharged climate, we’ve lost sight of the art of actual conversation. Not that movie critics (with some obvious exceptions) have ever truly had their fingertips on the pulse of the culture, but nowadays it’s really bad. New Yorker film critic...

Social media’s Complicated Relationship with Cannabis

With the legalization of cannabis across the United States, cannabis companies are sprouting out on a daily basis. A whole new industry is making itself known, which means one thing: Advertisements. Much like the alcohol industry, the cannabis industry faces tons of...

HOUSEPLANT

Humor is the entry point of humanity. Certainly, if you enjoy comedy and deep-bellied laughter you are familiar with Seth Rogen. The husky, hilarity inducing actor has been featured in classic films such as Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin. Now, he...

WHY PATRONIZING BLACK BUSINESSES MAKES ME BLUE

“My people perish for a lack of knowledge.”---HOSEA 4:6 In a show of solidarity, I often patronize Black businesses and service providers in my neighboring areas. Though I am certainly not obligated to, economically speaking, it just makes good business sense. When...

All About Vaginal or Yoni Steaming

Steam my what? Yes, you heard me right – Your vagina needs some TLC too girl! Vaginal or Yoni steaming, is a holistic treatment which utilizes steam to cleanse and enhance vaginal health. Your vagina is probably the most unappreciated organ, yet it withstands,...

Behind the leather curtain: BDSM in a sex-positive era

Inhibitions are life’s greatest obstacle to exploration. Push them aside, lift the veil, and you will undoubtedly find yourself.     Curiosity carries with it a feeling of renewal. Yet the skid to the unknown can be nerve-wracking. The transition between what is...

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The Ganja Gap: Where Is The Marijuana Middle Ground?

One is either in the Joe Rogan or Ben Shapiro camp when it comes to the issue of marijuana. And I mean on every aspect of the marijuana debate; it may be a more black or white conversation than American politics. Where are the individuals who are in grey?  Marijuana...

The Rise Of Girl Gamers

Today, Gaming for many has become an acceptable hobby and even career choice. While just a few years ago the mere thought of becoming a professional streamer or gamer was more fantasy than reality. Now, with eSports competitions and streaming platforms like Twitch,...

Can We Stop Making Political Judgments About Aesthetic Creations

In this politically supercharged climate, we’ve lost sight of the art of actual conversation. Not that movie critics (with some obvious exceptions) have ever truly had their fingertips on the pulse of the culture, but nowadays it’s really bad. New Yorker film critic...

Social media’s Complicated Relationship with Cannabis

With the legalization of cannabis across the United States, cannabis companies are sprouting out on a daily basis. A whole new industry is making itself known, which means one thing: Advertisements. Much like the alcohol industry, the cannabis industry faces tons of...

HOUSEPLANT

Humor is the entry point of humanity. Certainly, if you enjoy comedy and deep-bellied laughter you are familiar with Seth Rogen. The husky, hilarity inducing actor has been featured in classic films such as Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin. Now, he...

WHY PATRONIZING BLACK BUSINESSES MAKES ME BLUE

“My people perish for a lack of knowledge.”---HOSEA 4:6 In a show of solidarity, I often patronize Black businesses and service providers in my neighboring areas. Though I am certainly not obligated to, economically speaking, it just makes good business sense. When...

All About Vaginal or Yoni Steaming

Steam my what? Yes, you heard me right – Your vagina needs some TLC too girl! Vaginal or Yoni steaming, is a holistic treatment which utilizes steam to cleanse and enhance vaginal health. Your vagina is probably the most unappreciated organ, yet it withstands,...

Behind the leather curtain: BDSM in a sex-positive era

Inhibitions are life’s greatest obstacle to exploration. Push them aside, lift the veil, and you will undoubtedly find yourself.     Curiosity carries with it a feeling of renewal. Yet the skid to the unknown can be nerve-wracking. The transition between what is...
Is It Racism or Name Calling?

Is It Racism or Name Calling?

“You’re a RACIST!” screams the offended voice.  “And, why is that?” answers the unabashed reply.  “Because you defamed my race, and offended my dignity,” replies the irritated and indignant voice.  “Then, perhaps your fame and dignity are too sensitive,” responds the...

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The Friendly Skys…

The Friendly Skys…

When I tell people that I’m a Flight Attendant, many responses include some version of, “Oh, how fun, I always wanted to do that!” And while we do get some nice perks, this life is no fairy tale. Sorry to burst your bubble - there is very little glamour involved. In...

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Providing a place of connection through a free forum of discussion, opinion and analysis on the topics that affect us the most. Confident, contrary and full of passion.

CBD and Massage: What’s Not to Love?

CBD and Massage: What’s Not to Love?

 Vital Body Therapeutics , Santa Cruz Massage therapy was already relaxing and healing the body before CBD became legal. Adding CBD-infused massage creams into the mix now seem to be taking massage therapy to the next level.     Put the effectiveness of a cannabidiol...

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