TWB: Describe yourself in a personal ad. RA: Illustrator in a complicated relationship with his sketchbook. Often found staring quietly into tins of paint and at blank walls. Violent coffee addiction. Known to yawn like a wookie. TWB: How does an average day in the Life of Ryan, freelancer and artist extraordinaire, begin? RA: With […]
Most days, I don’t feel like an obvious foreigner in this country. Especially not in Portland. There’s no much about me that stands out here. I’m a thirty something white dude with a beard, glasses, and at least one dietary requirement. Aside from my accent, I’m pretty much a carbon copy of every other cis […]
As facts and figures start to fill in the gaps after another mass shooting, the cultural problem of gun-related violence will be politely raised by the mass media, and firmly denied by the NRA’s affiliated politicians. People like Trump and Cruz will offer their prayers and their condolences, and neither will do anything to solve the real issues […]
‘There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.’ Audre Lorde I am often asked (mostly by my devout grandparents) why I chose to leave the Catholic faith. Of course, that is not to say I haven’t been told those famous words, ‘Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.’ […]
My confession is this: I have bipolar. Two and a half years ago, at the age of 29, I was hospitalised while in the throes of what is known as a manic episode. It was my first, and will hopefully be my last. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, it […]
erspective is an important thing. Thirty years ago, smoking was still being marketed as a positive choice. You were an adventurous, successful person who traveled and lived life to the fullest. You were beautiful and free-spirited. This post is not meant to cast any judgement at smokers. It’s only to show that a lot can change in three […]
It’s a strange thing to be living in 2014, when people have access to technology that lets their scream out at the world through their fingertips. All day long, on social media and through websites, we’re blasted with strong opinions about religion, politics and society.
Okay, so this is the latest feel-good viral video making its way around the inter-web. I’m all for virtual charity, but why these kids are being applauded is a bit confusing. The scene It stars three German students and a homeless guy. Student #1 shimmies over to him and asks if he can borrow his bucket, […]