Nudity, advertising, alcoholism, and 10 other guys I won’t mention

Eleven iron workers sitting 60 floors above New York City on a steel girder
Lunch atop a Skyscraper, New York Herald-Tribune, Oct. 2, 1932

I realized the other day that I spend a substantial amount of time naked thinking about the guy on the right of the photo.

This iconic image lives on the wall in my bathroom, and I’m inexplicably drawn to this particular character with a bottle in hand. The photo hangs right behind my toilet, so you might say that my connection with him is rather intimate.

It’s not the two guys chaining a smoke…

Nothing bad has ever happened to you precisely as you imagined.

Picture of a window with a neon sign advertising for a psychic reader.
Photo by Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez on Unsplash

The crack cocaine of Greek philosophy and Stoicism for me is a concept called ‘premeditatio malorum.” It is a dog Latin term for the ‘pre-meditation of evils,’ which is essentially a deliberate practice of carving out time in the day to contemplate worst-case scenarios so that your mind would be…

And 4 other awful phases that tell you your relationships are whispering for an upgrade.

Man and woman outside kissing in the rain.
Photo by Filipp Romanovski on Unsplash

“I love you just the way you are.”

If you were a caged bird, you would hear this song of resignation from the bird in the crate next to you. Not to be mistaken by the patient tolerance that nurturing friendships have while you test your wings, more often than not, the person who “loves you just the…

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