Below are some selected pieces that have appeared in print and web magazines.
Wes Anderson’s Lost Spiritual Quest: A Call for Stories of Male Evolution [Elephant Journal] – An essay asking what happened to the common element of Wes Anderson’s older films in which an old-paradigm White male went through a transformation to a more sustainable way of living.
Walking my Way through Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Spiritual Pilgrimage [Elephant Journal] – This is my story of preparing to walk Spain’s Camino de Santiago and attend a seminar in large group facilitation with the Deep Democracy Institute, despite living with chronic illness for four years.
Doublethink and the Mental Construction of Reality [New Dawn] – An essay about how self-deception, selective perception, and communication shape our unique individual experience in life. This is an updated excerpt from my book manuscript originally released in 2012 on Reality Sandwich.
Facebook Strike as Self-Awareness Course – At the end of 2013, a new kind of Facebook frustration began creeping over me. My attempts to explain it to people only seemed to make it worse, especially because – as I realized – I was creating a paradox by using Facebook to denounce Facebook. Then in late December, I simply stopped posting.
Synchro-missity – Carl Jung called meaningful coincidences and parapsychological occurrences by the term “synchronicity,” but noted that some things are merely attributable to “probability of chance.” Do we know how to tell the difference? And what does it say about us?
Out with ‘Atypical’ Elitism, in with Neurobehavioral Equality – At the core of my brainstorms for a project called Funding My Existence (inspired by Bucky Fuller’s idea of “mind fellowships”) was a desire to support eccentric creativity, “atypical” personalities, and periods of alarming transformation – all of which, I see now, apply to my own life.
Satire: Democracy’s Most Unexpected Enemy – A 2009 study found that people tend to interpret ambiguous political satire according to their own views and self-image. This has enormous implications for satirical programs mocking democratic behavior, produced by media conglomerates that support Internet censorship.
Eating the ‘Beat’ Menu (posted online in 2012) — An excerpt from my book-in-progress. On the surface, many of Jack Kerouac’s books seem to exude a tone of rebellion against mainstream culture and everything that comes with it, be it business, government, or religion. This voice speaks to the “counter-culture” that has existed in the developed Western world since the 1950s. What most readers don’t know is that Kerouac himself lived almost entirely in the “religious” mindset, spurning the “counter-culture” altogether.