The Weekly Roundup, Volume II

FYI: You may encounter affiliate links in these or other posts of mine. Clicking on these or joining services that they link to can benefit me or Almost Epic directly. But no worries: Absolutely all opinions and thoughts are genuine and my own! #1. Hoosier Hospitality Everyone knows that I love animals. But what you might not know is that underneath my gruff, “I hate people” persona, I actually love when people do the right thing. I […] Read More

Throwing the Book at Facebook

I am distraught by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In case I have any readers who don’t pay specific attention to social media news, let me catch you up. Facebook was recently embroiled in a national scandal after it was revealed that it indirectly supplied personal data about 87 million of its users to a political firm called Cambridge Analytica, who then used it to construct psychological profiles during the 2016 Election to try and influence […] Read More

Universe

I don’t want to brag, but something pretty cool happened to me this evening. And I want to share for some very important reasons that have to do with magic and the universe. My dad and I were contemplating what to buy for dinner tonight. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to spend a lot of money. I wasn’t even sure if I could spend a lot of money. At least not until payday this coming […] Read More

Kindness Matters

Over the past week, since the devastating attack in Las Vegas, I’ve been feeling very opinionated. That’s probably the case for a lot of people around the country and maybe even the world. Everyone’s arguing about whether or not we could do more. Could we have done more to prevent tragedies like this one and all the others that have happened in the last several years? We’ve all discussed this to death. The issue of […] Read More

Blaze Your Trail

If we were having coffee this weekend, my topic of conversation would be about letting go. I’ve always been a big believer of cutting negative people out of your life. One of my favorite so-called “Brotips,” in point of fact, is the following: And it’s true! If there are sandpaper people in your life, nip that shit in the bud and move on. Everyone involved will be much happier in the long run. But there’s […] Read More

Forget Everything You Know About Cats

For nearly 30 years of my life, I was part of a family that was strictly “dog people.” I still distinctly remember having four labrador puppies at once during my childhood. I mean, we were crazy dog people! Then the last few years, it seemed like we weren’t into animals much at all. I’ve always loved animals, don’t get me wrong, but we just didn’t have any. I think my dad probably thought they were more […] Read More

Beyond the Blue Lights

Ever since my discovery of LiveJournal at the ripe young age of 14, I’ve been writing online for most of my adolescence and adult life. Thankfully, most of the past evidence of my awkward younger writing years has disappeared from the Internet. And while I’m elated to see embarrassing photographs of me as a pants-less child or experiencing a brutally bad hair day scrubbed from history, an unfortunate side effect is that some of the […] Read More

Chasing the Digital Dream

You probably think you’re about to read some sappy inspirational shit by clicking on this blog title. Guess what? You’re not wrong! See, I’ve been doing some really cool stuff lately. Stuff that I’m really proud of myself for. Last month, I completed my very first semester of college. I’m 32-years-old and only earned 7 college credits since I’m going part-time, but even that is a huge achievement. I never thought I’d set foot in […] Read More

Translating Tarot

For anyone who may not already be aware, I’ve developed a relatively recent interest in tarot cards. I’m not sure what exactly inspired it — one of my favorite cult-inspired films, The Craft, is being remade and/or rebooted soon, and also I had fallen in love with hearing local Victoria Crosby give tarot readings to listeners whenever she was a guest on the Smiley Morning Show — but whatever the case may be, I wound up […] Read More

The Thief of Joy

I feel like I’ve lived my entire life comparing myself to other people. In fact, one of my personal theme songs from my mid-twenties was a pop-punk ballad from emo-centric band Fall Out Boy that contains the prominent lyric, “Half dead from comparing myself to everyone else around me” (oooooh, so much ANGST!). And Mondays are the start of it all. On Monday morning, I’m usually struggling to wake up. It’s already much later than I should […] Read More