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Inclusiveness Is the Gateway To Equality

By Christian A. Brown | March 1, 2015 | 0

I’ve wanted to write this piece for a while. In the past few months we’ve weathered a number of deplorable, violent, commendable and inspirational social media-storms. As an outspoken fellah, I’ve been asking myself lately, where and how I fit into these debates. I am a biracial, visible minority. I’ve been quite poor in my…

Caring Too Much, Too Little, or Not at All?

By Christian A. Brown | February 22, 2015 | 0

I have to wait another week or so before getting back to Mom’s tale; talking about her journey and illness is a draining experience for me. I need time between work and life’s other, necessary duties to recharge ye olde emotional batteries and to put my thoughts in order. On the topic of ‘necessary duties’,…

Marriage, and How to Do It

By Christian A. Brown | February 15, 2015 | 0

We’re going to take a bit of a break this week from the beautiful and tragic tale of my mother’s illness and final years. Since this weekend was one filled with tawdry romance and passion, with Vday and Hollywood’s first big budget soft-core porno, I thought I would add to the discussion with my own…

The Great War

By Christian A. Brown | February 8, 2015 | 0

  A Preface The Great War. We always have one of those in a fantasy novel, no? The War of the Ancients. The Reckoning of Kings. The Day of Dragonfall. The Great War…All that fantasy-speak boils down to a cataclysmic event that changes the world: socially, politically, biologically—any mixture of adjectives. In a world’s history,…

A Mother’s Rage

By Christian A. Brown | February 1, 2015 | 0

Hmm…An interesting week. Where to begin? Well, a friend of mine, an artist extraordinaire, is currently working through some trauma from their (gender neutral, for privacy reasons) childhood. All sorts of skeletons are being found in their family’s closet. I wish them the best through this journey, even though they are brave, beautiful and strong…

A Spark of Hope

By Christian A. Brown | January 25, 2015 | 0

Last night we watched Lucy in lieu of another film, Snowpiercer. I was mildly disappointed as we turned on the movie, since I’ve been dying to see Tilda Swinton’s hokey performance in Snowpiercer. But the vote was for Lucy, democracy decided, and that’s what we watched. Have you seen this movie? If not, a brief…

Time to Talk

By Christian A. Brown | January 18, 2015 | 0

Don’t be misled by the title. As much as I want to begin another one of my sermons on conquering the evils of mankind, today is not the day for that. We are creatures of light, and darkness, and today we can focus on the former. First, however, a moment of silence for the lives…

Homecoming

By Christian A. Brown | January 11, 2015 | 0

As some of you may know, I spent the Christmas holiday with my cousin and her charming family in the UK. We saw as many sights and sounds as can reasonably be experienced in a two week trip. It was the kind of whirlwind vacation where you only rarely think of home, of how you…

A Gift for the New Year

By Christian A. Brown | January 4, 2015 | 2

Well, here we are in 2015. It’s been a terrific year for me: the launch, the realization of a lifelong dream (and the birth of new goals and ambitions). I do hope that each of you has enjoyed great success and happiness this past year. If not, well, here we are in 2015. I don’t…

On Romance

By Christian A. Brown | December 28, 2014 | 0

Well, here I am in Barcelona (see the attached pic), one of the oldest cities in the world, and naturally, I’m thinking of romance. It’s hard for even the hardest heart, like mine, not to soften, when church bells are ringing on the breeze fluttering in from the Juliette balcony behind me. Love, religion, and…

My Love Affair With Language

By Christian A. Brown | December 21, 2014 | 0

‘Tis the time of year to be thankful; for our friends, our health, our possessions. I’ve written extensively—though not exhaustively—on gratefulness. I think many of you know a good deal about my life, passions and loves. So when thinking about what I was grateful for this Christmas, a conversation with a pen-pal of mine prompted…

Dealing With Negativity

By Christian A. Brown | December 14, 2014 | 2

Good afternoon, folks. Negativity. I mentioned that I wanted to touch upon this topic two Sundays ago, but I became derailed by all that terrible business down south. I’m sending whatever positive thoughts and energy that I can spare toward dissolving those tensions. Do I believe that sort of contribution can matter? Thoughts? Crystal-waving and…