There is a reason “Reasons my son is crying” is such a successful and hilarious blog concept: It’s all true. Small children melt down over a lot of things. The few times I’m not annoyed with the little blighters for being unreasonable, I catch myself envying them the joy of letting it all out. There […]
An Answer or a Question?
A routine task at work leads to the possible solving of a personal mystery. [TW for heart surgery and parental death]
Five TV Deaths that Shocked Me
This year’s TV landscape seems to be littered with bodies. No spoilers, it’s just that shows have killed a lot of people. We have obviously addressed some of these issues already on Persephone. I had a coworker remark that four shows she watched had deaths in one week, in mid-March I believe. Obviously, the grim reaper […]
I spent April 7 as I always do: with animals. Since 2002, I’ve always tried to find a way to spend that day at the zoo or aquarium, and I have only missed a few. My father loved zoos, and I have many happy memories of visiting monkey houses and polar bear pools with him. […]
Death and The Good Wife
I apologize for missing last week’s recap, which was of course the week the entire rest of the Internet was talking about The Good Wife. Since we’re catching up, and dealing with such a talked-about plot twist, let’s look at this post less as a recap, and more as an opportunity for a good discussion. […]
I cannot put this show down. Every week, I go into it knowing I am about to have too many emotions, knowing that beauty is going to be mixed with ugly and I will love it. “Takiawase” continues the grimdark beauty trend of this season.
Ten Memories of Snow and Ice
I’ve spent a childhood longing for snow and an adulthood running from it. Until I can move to Hawaii, snow, ice, slush, and cold will be a part of my life.
Confessions of a Death Hag
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by accounts of death and murder. For me, it went beyond my love of horror films and the macabre and onto the deaths and murders of real, living people. With the advent of Wikipedia and the easy access I have to the internet, I was surprised […]
If you have followed my writing since joining Persephone, you know this year has been mostly an amazing one for me. Besides marrying my beautiful wife, I have successfully transitioned. Though my life has mostly been on the ups, I have had a few downs. Lately one of these downs has been weighing on me […]
When Death is Your Coworker
Last Saturday, I cleaned my first corpse. I had spent the better part of the twenty minutes I had been on shift explaining to his family how I was going to care for him before the funeral home showed up. What they didn’t know was that this was my first time cleaning a cadaver and […]
Room for Grace
A year ago today, I lost one of my closest friends in a terrible car accident.
Do I fear the phone because I’m a horrible Millenial? Is it my anxiety? Please don’t call with an answer.
Shuffle: The Soundtrack of Grief
“Think of Me” I remember coming home from school when I was seven. My mother would be at work by then. She would leave the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack playing on repeat and it would always be playing when I came home and walked into the living room. It felt as if she was […]
It turns out that “¦ danger and noise ““ the perception of danger ““ causes these animals’ heart rates to plummet ““ particularly the juveniles ““ and that really super-slow heart rate keeps them still, and that’s probably protective. It’s an anti-predation response. “¦ It turns out that animals and humans are equipped not with […]
A Eulogy For My Grandfather
Friday was a hard day for me. My grandfather was laid to rest and I was unable to be there. When he passed the week before, my family asked me to write something to be read at his funeral. I meditated about it and the words flew out onto paper.