Brian's Brain

Brian's Brain

by Brian George Hose

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Big Move

This week I’m writing to you from the edge of sanity and reason. You see, I’m moving and now understand that moving is one of the most stressful life events that a person can face. Everything about moving is stressful – finding the appropriate number of boxes, figuring out what will go into said boxes, and then actually moving those boxes from your old life to your new life. The things that don’t make the cut, the stuff that won’t be joining you in your new life, still need to be moved and dealt with. Factor in the July heat and humidity and you have a recipe for an experience that will make you hate everything.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dear Kathy Griffin

Dear Kathy Griffin,

You said you wanted to give us something to talk about, and, as usual, you delivered. Yes, I’m talking about the photo. It was controversial, provocative, and visceral – all the things that make art art. And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it because the photo and our response to it (and you) has given me quite a bit to talk about.

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Sequined Letter

Recently our little valley made international news. I know this because the story was emailed to me by a friend who recently relocated to New Zealand, a friend who was concerned about what this says about the place I call home. A local girl was not allowed to participate in her high school graduation ceremony because the administration had deemed her “immoral.” She had gotten pregnant out of wedlock, something expressly forbidden by the private Christian school’s code of conduct, and as punishment would not be allowed to participate in her graduation, despite being a good student and president of the student council.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Truth About Lying

In light of recent political events, I’ve been thinking a lot about lies and deception. Luckily Pamela Meyer, expert on lying and author of the 2010 book Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, has the answers. What follows are some facts from her 2011 TED talk, How To Spot a Liar, available for free at, along with my personal commentary.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Looking Back, Looking Forward

When I was told, this was going to be our anniversary issue, I realized that the timing couldn’t be better. By some coincidence, it seems that this time of year is full of anniversaries in my life. Usually when it comes to anniversaries we are reminded to look back, but this year’s anniversaries are also reminding me to look forward.


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