John Michael

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LXI: No Matter What

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John Michael’s latest Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, shares about attending a rodeo, and thoughts about 9/11 and America.    I had an all-American day yesterday, if a piece of apple pie would have materialized out of the sky in front of me while I was eating my hamburger, I would not ... Read the full article
John Michael

Hello, good people. I am rarely sure how to describe myself. If I say I am a Christian, many things may arise in your mind that ain't necessarily so. I was homeless for seven years and learned more about myself in that stretch of time than in any other segment of my life. I read the Bible a lot out there and came across a passage in Proverbs that has shaped my approach to life: "A man's pursuit is his kindness." I am well educated with a Master of Social Work degree and have worked a wide variety of jobs in my 52 years. None have lasted too long however. When I was homeless, the beauty of Texas wildflowers made me decide to want to live again. Along with kindness, beauty, play, and self-expression are life-guiding ideas. My shadow contains things like feeling sorry for myself, a truckload of defiance, a desperate need to please women, and no small amount of cruelty. A quote from Luke also has had a lasting effect on me: "For God is kind to the ungrateful and the evil." When I read that I thought, "Hell, I have got a fighting chance." I am here to tell you, you have a fighting chance as well. Besides Christianity, practicing Buddhist and Shamanic techniques inform my relationship to God and the world.

Dispatches From the Apocalypse: The Immortal Rich and the Illusion of Justified Hatred (September 15, 2021)

In Sean Davis’s latest Dispatches From the Apocalypse, “The Immortal Rich and the Illusion of Justified Hatred,” Davis explains the decline of America since 9/11.

Falling Down a Deep, Narrow Hole: An Interview with Matthew Borczon

An interview with writer Matthew Borczon about poetry as catharsis, having served in a combat hospital in Afghanistan, writing about war and his struggles with PTSD.

The Agony of Choice: Is It Time To Limit Streaming Services for Our Own Good?

It’s the streaming generation’s most enduring problem: there’s too much to watch, so there’s nothing to watch. Is it time for something drastic?

Hello America, From Australia: The Dumbest Timeline

In his column, “The Dumbest Timeline,” Matthew Reddin looks at school board meetings in America being overrun by anti-vaxxers, white supremacists, and the Proud Boys.

Martyrs Lane Creeps Its Way Through a Slow Burn Mystery

James Jay Edwards reviews Martyrs Lane, a slow-burn horror mystery film, written and directed by Ruth Platt, and starring Kiera Thompson and Sienna Sayer. (Shudder) 

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise LX: Contemplating How I Really Want To Live

John Michael continues his series Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise, reflecting on life and people encountered, returns to Portland and contemplates how he really wants to live. 

Dispatches From the Apocalypse: Texas Is a Big Part of This New Extinction Level Event (September 8, 2021)

In Sean Davis’s latest Dispatches From the Apocalypse, “Texas Is a Big Part of This New Extinction Level Event,” Davis offers advice to the future on how not to kill ourselves.