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Have Your Freak-Out…Offline

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I’ve observed Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr a lot, and I’ve noticed a really common, really unfortunate trend.

This post is not intended to call out any specific person on their behavior, or even a specific group of people. But this is something I’ve noticed in people regardless of their gender, race, or political affiliation.

Now, people freak out, panic, cry, or otherwise break down emotionally. This happens to everyone no matter how hard we try not to.

The problem is when someone┬átake these deeply emotional moments…and post them online immediately. They will proceed to let out their rage, tragic sadness, or malaise via tweets and posts. Continue reading →

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Bringing Review Day Tuesdays Back!

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I will be reading this soon!

It’s been a while since I’ve done Review Day Tuesdays, my YouTube video series where I review new comics, books, and other works. I had put it on hiatus back in the tail end of June this year, because my schedule was getting too bananas to update it weekly.

Now I’m getting to a point where I can revive the series, but there will be one big change.

After I get done with a few more videos for the Poetry for Troubled Times series, I’ll be bringing back Review Day Tuesdays, to update every other week.

Why?

Not only have I been reading new comics lately, but I’ve also taken up the job of being head librarian at my local Universalist Unitarian Church. The library at the church has a lot of books dealing with LGBT issues, sociology, gender, and world religions, and that’s not even touching on the biography section or the multiple shelves of poetry.

One book in particular is one I want to discuss – the book pictured at the top of this post.

I’m looking forward to this one especially because of some reasons pointed out in this Hannah Wilton video about feminism and masculinity. The biggest reason is that while feminism has made great strides for women’s rights and roles, the roles of men haven’t been discussed much, and for feminism to be effective for everyone, that MUST be discussed.

Also! There’s one book I found in the library collection, called “Against the Tide.” It’s a book about men in the feminist movement. That book has a chapter talking about how the Equal Rights Act can benefit men as well as women, and I will actually read that chapter for YouTube at some point in the next few months, because it has portions in it that few people discuss even today.

I can’t wait to share these books with you, and the new comics I’ve come across, including Tank Girl’s newest run, “GOLD,” and “Once Our Land,” an 1830s post-apocalyptic comic that takes place in Germany.

Books, and the discussions of their ideas, are more important now than ever, and I hope you’ll join me when the series gets fully revived. I’ll announce a more specific date on my email newsletter.

Thank you for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

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Why I Will Never Make Political Videos on YouTube

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  1. The comments section. Yes, I know I can turn them off, but then I’ll get weebs contacting me by other means demanding I turn them on because “freedom of speech.”
  2. Weebs.
  3. Racist weebs.
  4. HIPSTERS.
  5. Have you SEEN vloggers that talk political topics? I’m talking about the “anti-SJW” crowd (a phrase that hurts my inner librarian because it butchers the English language at so many levels). It’s like they’re professional YouTube commenters with cameras. And they are always. So. Fucking. Miserable. Like, come on, guys. Step away from the internet for ten minutes. Get some fresh air. I know the concept sounds ALIEN to you, but it will do you good to realize that there is, indeed, an outside, real world that’s worth going out into.
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Poetry For Troubled Times – “So Much Happiness”

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As part of a new short video series, here’s some words of encouragement and inspiration for you for these troubling times. I turn to this poem when things go dark. I find that it helps.

Let me know your favorite poems in the comments. Maybe I’ll read them aloud as part of this short series.

Thank you for watching.

You. Are. Awesome.

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