My Father Had Only a High School Education, But Here’s What He Wrote

“Powerful similarities exist between the forces of nature and a skilled craftsman of fine violins. Objectives or completion of final products are the goal of both, though methods may differ. The mechanisms of nature in seeking its goal can at times seem brutal.

“Imagine the harshness of the elements that must come into play to form a pure diamond, Yet, the finished product exemplifies the motto ‘a diamond is a diamond forever’. Conversely, the violin-maker, in pursuit of a perfect product, gently and gingerly hand tunes each part in his quest for a perfectly attuned instrument.

“The coming together of individuals, known in the behavioral sciences as ‘a process of accommodation’ is not unlike the dichotomies listed above. Few possess the faith and perseverance necessary to endure the frictions inherent in the tumultuous processes as in the case of a diamond formation. Relationships usually dissolve before completion where such constant frictions are a pattern. Relationships more closely akin to the smoothness of making the violin are most likely to succeed and to endure, -but at the expense of not having ‘weathered the storms’ which are necessary to truly and deeply know, understand, and to appreciate the depths of one another.”

Robert C. Manuel

April 14, 1989

At the Rose Garden in San Jose, California, approx. 1987.

10 Things *Men Would Do If They Had Periods

I thought I had a brilliant listicle and then found out Gloria Steinem had already covered the topic back in the 70s. Mine is much less political (okay, it has no politics whatsoever), and it’s filled with Google images so you don’t even have to think. Steinem would be so proud! Without further ado, here’s my very tongue in cheek take, which you can also view on Buzzfeed:

1. They’d brag about their cycles in the locker room.


2.They’d take their super size pads to a cute cashier.


3. They’d say, “Hey wife, Can you grab me a beer? I’m too crampy to get it myself.”


4. Celebrating a teenager’s first menstrual cycle would be on par with a bar mitzvah.


5. “I’m menstruating” would be a classic pick-up line.


6. Men would use the deva cup to compare blood loos…


7. … and the winner would be named homecoming king.


8. Guys would wear tight pants to show off a “different” sort of bulge.


9. Menopause would signal the beginning of a man’s midlife crisis.


10. Women would have the last laugh.


*cis men