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Brian's Brain

Brian's Brain

by Brian George Hose

Friday, January 19, 2018

It’s Time for a New Masculinity

It’s a new year and it’s time for a new masculinity.  This need for change is long overdue, but with the recent advent of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, I think we’re finally in a position to do something about the toxic masculinity that affects and harms all of us, men included.

Friday, January 05, 2018

What the Toddler Taught Me

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness lately. No, I’m not in the midst of an existential crisis and yes, everything is okay. I’ve been thinking about happiness because with the new year approaching lots of people are talking about their New Year’s resolutions and asking me what I’d like to be different in the new year.

Friday, December 22, 2017

By the Lights

Things are different out in the valley. There’s a lot of land, which means lots of driving between Points A and 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 along the way. The drive can range from relaxing to devastating, depending on the weather and time of day.

Friday, December 08, 2017

A Cure For Holiday Cynicism

The holiday season can be a tricky time of the year. Yes, it’s a season of giving and togetherness, of sharing good times, good food, and gifts with those we care about, and these are all wonderful things. But all this comes at a price. It takes planning, organizing, budgeting, and usually some amount of baking to successfully navigate the holidays. It’s enough to stress out even the most “perfect” Martha Stewarts among us. Even if you don’t observe the holidays, all this is happening around you and usually demands some sort of participation – or worse, an explanation of the intensely personal reasons as to why you don’t want to make merry the same way as everyone else.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving and Survival

These days everything’s political, including Thanksgiving. It doesn’t take much research or study to know that there’s more to the Thanksgiving story than we were taught as children. A condensed history would suggest that the Pilgrims were terrible guests in a new land, stealing from and even slaughtering the Native Americans whose lands the Pilgrims claimed for themselves. As such, modern day Thanksgiving can bring with it an icky sense of guilt that makes some wonder if we should still be celebrating a holiday with such a sordid past.

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