By JBS

Taking a Risk…

If you know me (and most people who read my blog probably do know me) – I’m NOT a risk taker. I took a risk a while back and published my first couple pieces on this blog, and since then, sharing my writing doesn’t usually feel risky. But, this week, over at The Prompt, I wrote a piece that feels (for me) really, really risky. Because unlike personal stories or takes on science and robots, this piece is about a somewhat contentious social issue. I suspect some of you may read it and totally disagree with my opinion on this…

It’s Getting Nerdy In Here…

So over at The Prompt, I’ve been indulging my nerdier side. I mean, instead of just telling stories about my life, which is admittedly nerdy at times, I’ve been straight up writing about the nerdier topics that interest me. Like Mars. And for those of you who may not be super excited to read my post about Mars, you should know that one of my father’s classic bumper stickers makes an appearance. So that should really be all you need to know. So go read about why we should take seriously the idea of moving to Mars, you know, some…

Head On Over to “The Prompt”!

So…the reason I haven’t published anything here for a month is that for most of the summer I’ve been working with some folks over at a new online publication, The Prompt, that just went live today.  Please head over (www.thepromptmag.com) and check out some of the stuff I’ve been working on!  And please check out some of the stuff the other folks are writing too. Head’s up, the style of the pieces over at this other site is slightly different from what I’ve been writing on Atomish. It’s less “things that happened to me” and more my take on various…

Latin Lyme

One summer day in 1998, while hiking in the woods with a couple friends, I noticed a strange looking bite on my arm…

When You Are Dangling From a Ledge

As a general rule, I try to avoid situations where one wrong step could send me plummeting to my death.  But hey, rules are made to be broken, right?  And so on a recent Monday afternoon atop a canyon just outside of Zion National Park I leaned myself against a near vertical face of rock…

Run Shiba Run…

I was never a dog person growing up.  We never had dogs.  We had a cat.  Her name was Star and I did care for her, but in the sort of way that a mother might still care for their child even after learning that said child has been possessed by Satan himself.  The sort…

Don’t Judge Me By My Spotify Playlists

So I’m doing some social media experimentation this week.  I’ve posted something on Medium…so you’ll have to click through below.  Next week I may do a post on Instagram – I’ll just submit pictures of each word in a 3,000 word piece, one at a time… Don’t Judge Me…

Weekend Reads: The Fermi Paradox

So I’m going to try out a thing where on Friday’s I post a link (and maybe brief summary) of some longform piece on the web that I think is awesome for anyone who finds themselves with 20-40 mins of free time over the weekend.  No worries if you aren’t interested, and if no one ever does I’ll just shut this little experiment down. This first piece is an oldie, but a goodie.  I believe this is the first post I ever read on Wait But Why, a blog that is now at the top of my ‘Must Read’ list.…

My New Yorker Subscription

  “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Elizabeth Lemon.  And, uh, this is what we’re up against.  Four more years of a president chosen by people like her.  She has an iPad subscription to The New Yorker.  She vehemently opposes the Ivory Trade despite the jobs it creates.  In her apartment there is a black and…