A Bee, 8 January, 2009

A Bee, 8 January, 2009

The other day I posted a essay entitled Did I Tackle Your Christmas Tree? in which I talked about how real life is often far more bizarre and interesting than most fiction. True to form, life threw something my way last night that further emphasizes my point. I had...

Post-Christmas, 6 January, 2009

Several years ago I stopped giving Christmas gifts.  I had come to see Christmas as a grossly over-commodified purchasing orgy, a holiday of things rather than people, and I simply gave up on it.  This year, a couple days before the 25th I met a woman on the...

Christmas Consumption

Several years ago I stopped giving Christmas gifts.  Every year I felt obligated to purchase things for others, and after a while that began to feel ridiculous.  Being required to buy something seemed to contradict the very notion of giving a gift freely and...