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Brian's Brain

Brian's Brain

by Brian George Hose

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Myth of Meritocracy

It started when we were children. Parents and teachers told us that if we worked hard and did our best that good things would happen. Our efforts would open doors, create opportunities, and lead to the kind of life we want for ourselves. All we had to do was give our best, follow the rules, and the world would be our oyster.

Friday, February 03, 2017

In Praise of Nasty Women

Those of you who read my last column may remember that I was feeling grumpy about the inauguration casting a somber veil over my birthday weekend. It may seem petty, but it strikes me as cruelly ironic that a day to celebrate me, a gay man, be shared with the inauguration of an administration that doesn’t seem to care for my kind. In my last piece I took comfort in schadenfreude; this time, I’m here to sing the praises of nasty women.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Gift of Schadenfreude

This is a big week for the future of our country. Our president-elect will become president, despite much weeping and gnashing of teeth by the masses, but more importantly, this is the week of my birthday.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Comfort & Joy

Happy New Year! By the time, you read this, 2016 will be a memory and 2017 will be our new reality. It also means that by now several people have probably asked you about your New Year’s resolutions.

Resolutions are a good thing. I fully support making positive changes and trying to be the best version of yourself. The thing is, resolutions take effort, and making real changes is often uncomfortable. After all, we have reasons for doing things the way we do them. Usually we choose the simplest, most effective course of action and stick with it until we find an alternative that works just as well or better than our way of doing things. In other words, we do things in a way that keeps us comfortable.

Friday, December 23, 2016

By the Lights

Things are different out in the valley. What always stands out to me most is the amount of time western Marylanders spend in the car. There’s a lot of land, which means lots of driving between Point A and Point B. For example, to get to my childhood home you would literally have to go over the river and through the woods, cross a mountain, and keep your eyes peeled for deer, possums, and sometimes stray livestock. The drive can range from relaxing to devastating, depending on the weather and time of day.

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