For Love of the Shame

I realize it’s weird to repost this since I just posted it last week, but I wanted to let everyone know that you can now listen to Thought & Other Absurdities as a podcast. It is available on several outlets and there are more to come. See where it’s currently available on Anchor here .
I listen to everything on Spotify so here is that specific link.

I hope you will all take a moment to listen and subscribe.


Joseph D. Newcomer

Living is a terribly humiliating proposition. If you make it through a single day without embarrassing yourself or feeling mortified for someone else, you’ve absolutely beaten the odds. It’s all a very telling sign that so few of us are able to do the things we feel we are meant to do, and instead, only get to do what we are forced by our needs to do, things that feel unnatural to us so that we are able sustain a life in this humiliating world we’ve constructed.

Consider the weary traveler. They have a lot on their mind, trying to get to the airport through traffic, thinking and hoping they haven’t forgotten something at their house or in the hotel, wondering if they’ll be able to get to their gate in time because their kid was screaming all morning and wouldn’t brush their teeth, so now they’re running late, just…

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The Advancing Retreat

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