Days Without Sugar: BATMAN

Honestly, the idea of living sans sucre never would have occurred to me before reading Gary Taubes’ IS SUGAR TOXIC?. Stocking a kitchen without sugar or honey or maple syrup? Giving up my preferred go-to multigrain flax bread because it was too sugary?!? These ideas all would have seemed unnecessarily ascetic to me (until I …

Days Without Sugar: Caught, Red-Handed

Mid-way thru Day 276, discontent and frustrated, I ducked into a variety shop and picked up 3 ramen noodle packs for a buck, and a bag of ripple potato chips/crisps for $1.25.  I’ve given up desserts, and truly find I don’t mind life without sweet treats at all — not even without my once-beloved mangoes.  …

Alcohol: The Devil’s Semen

I noticed over the holidays how in THE DARK KNIGHT, after his fundraiser speech, Bruce Wayne tosses his champagne glass’s contents over the outdoor railing. Many people can have and be great fun when drunk; on the other hand, many people are alcoholics. I have had several alcoholics in my family, on both sides.  Some …

Orphan, Wanderer, Warrior, Martyr

Jamie Nash recently found and shared this image, from Stanley Williams’s Moral Premise site: This is really something; I’ve often idly thought of unifying all of the various story structure writers’ ideas (and especially, terminologies) into one. They’re mostly talking about the same things, only in different terms. Someone beat me to it! Especially if …