Day 17: Guilty As Charged

Karmic punishment is swift and terrible – where I’m concerned, there’s none of this waiting-for-doom-in-the-next-life stuff. One day, I’m cracking jokes about aging-hippie silversmiths whose hands are stained with forging gemstones, and the next my own hands are permanently dyed the same shade of scarlet. God only knows what...

Day 16: Blood From A Turnip

In a perfect world – or even just a pleasant one – generosity would rule. Kindness would wrap us all in warmth. Honesty would triumph. Honor and integrity would be our guides. “Nice” wouldn’t be a passive-aggressive insult meaning “weak.” And earnest earthy silversmiths would not pass off food-colored...

Day 14: How To Human 101

You don’t have to be a stable genius to pass for a decent human being. All it takes is a little consideration for other people. Even fake civility will take you far. It’s enlightened self-interest – the very very best interest, believe me. First:  Don’t spit your gum out...