Conversations about Sex and Death

Test question: when you’re having a conversation with someone that you don’t really know, what are two subject areas that you’re definitely going to avoid? Hint: they’re both subjects which are completely taboo. They’re also the bookends to our lives as humans, and pivotal to our experiences and understanding of the world. These two topics…

Life and Death in the Nook of a Tree

While out walking a dog several days ago, I happened to glance down in passing at the base of a tree. Crouched in the nook of that tree, barely visible, was a small squirrel. My canine charge, not really concerned about this tiny creature, ambled on until the leash ran out of slack and began…

From “Bucket” List to “Life” List

I’m turning 24 in several weeks, and have been thinking about starting my next year of life with a bucket list. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines a bucket list as “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying” (Merriam-Webster 2013). The term is derived from the phrase”kick the…

The Mousetrap

It was late in the night when I heard the distinctive ‘snap’ from the kitchen. I had been debating, until I heard that sound, whether I should just get up and throw the infernal device into the garbage. It would have been so easy to get rid of. But now the thing was done. Baiting…