Exit BlackBranch MC, Enter MickChrysalis

As of today, my new Twitter handle is @mickchrysalis. This puts the final nail in the Black Branch Moonlight/BlackBranchMC social media casket I've been using for years. I stopped feeling it long ago and kept with it out of habit, waiting to redo it with something that fit...better I suppose. So where did this one... Continue Reading →

Needs More Skulls [V.I]

One of the descriptors of this blog is, "Skulls." It's meant kind of tongue in cheek but kind of not. I get asked all the time, "What's the deal with you and skulls?" The answer is a pretty simple one. Basically, the skulls I have around and tattooed on me are a reminder of how... Continue Reading →

No, This is Not Normal

[Re-post from my Facebook dated 21 January 17] I’m ashamed for not speaking up in a public forum until now, but have decided to do something about it, hopefully beginning the slow march toward a bit of personal redemption. Typically I keep my political leanings close to the vest, choosing not to engage with anyone... Continue Reading →

69 to 99 Moving Finds: Part Five

I've never really had a nice car. Well, maybe that one '85 Camaro Z28 for a few weeks until I took it out for an accelerated spin down a winding road after a rainstorm and ended up flipping it, narrowly avoiding death...but that's a story for another post. But no, having had ten cars (ten!)... Continue Reading →

69 to 99 Moving Finds: Part Three

This one wasn't really a "moving find" per se, since it's been hanging on my wall since returning from the first time I went to Iceland in 2011. Jón Sæmundur Auðarson is an Icelandic artist who created the Dead project in 2003, nine years after he was diagnosed HIV positive. The message behind Dead is... Continue Reading →

69 to 99 Moving Finds: Part Two

I've become so deeply immersed in the education of the suicide prevention movement over the past six years that it's hard to remember a time when I wasn't involved. My reasons for initially discovering the campaign were both serendipitous and personal, and it turned out to be, what I believe to be, one of the... Continue Reading →

69 to 99 Moving Finds: Part One

"Moving sucks" is an oft-repeated phrase which I can't add to in any way.I'm currently in the midst of leaving a place I've been in for 10 years. That's a large chunk of time. Certainly the longest I've ever been in one place for any one period of time. Hell, maybe ever. My old address... Continue Reading →

“I Was Spinning Free…”

This week marks the 15th anniversary of Jimmy Eat World's breakthrough effort Bleed American.  To mark the occasion, I did a short piece on the record for Diffuser. But personally, the album remains one of those which represents a particular period in time; in this case the summer of 2001. Having just graduated from college,... Continue Reading →

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