Everywhere you look there are people right in front of you whose pain is invisible to you, and whose lives you can change. If there is one thing I have learned, it’s that it can take only a single person to believe in you, to give you a chance, in order for your entire life […]

“Everybody starts out in life with baggage. But, some people start out with a backpack full of bricks, and others start out with a jetpack. Managing a jetpack isn’t easy, it’s hard work, but it’s silly to suggest that the jetpack isn’t going to take you a lot farther and a lot faster than a […]

Backcountry Cookware

Over the years, I have tried so many times to find the perfect setup for me for cooking in the backcountry, but I am always frustrated by something. As my needs have changed over the years due to my changing circumstances and my advancing age, I have found that while in my 20s, I was […]

Vermont Democrats and ‘Gun Control’

Constitutional governance is, in its essence, a shared fantasy that there are certain acts which are morally forbidden to the State. If this fantasy of morality is not shared by some critical proportion of society, it inevitably must devolve into tyranny. The consent of the people is a necessary, but insufficient, condition upon which the […]

The New Potty Panic: The Complications of North Carolina’s “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act”

The main effect of North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, commonly known as the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act”, has very little to do with the rhetoric surrounding its passage. As an original meaning originalist, I note that the most important operative portion of this law is its definition of “biological sex” and acceptance of […]


I do not understand the sea; I think I never shall, But every time I stand upon her shore, I hear her spell She calls and I am bound to sail Upon her bosom’s breadth, But lack do I a worthy craft; Instead, I wear a shell. – Gemma Seymour, 13 July 2015

20 Years Ago: d8 Magazine

20 Years Ago, a small group of gaming enthusiasts in the Philadelphia area got together to publish a magazine that rather than focusing on the games themselves, instead focused on the culture surrounding role-playing games. That magazine was called “d8”, after the nomenclature of polyhedral dice that are ubiquitous in what are now termed “tabletop” […]

swan vesta

“i am just too awesome for this world,” i saidknowing it would make you laughas i unscrewed the little aluminium vialthat hung from my handbag (still does, you know)where i keep the precisely 15 swan vestas that fit inside i struck one on the concretewhere we sat, indifferent to the consequencesabsorbed by the pleated tartan […]


you think that you can discern how things connect for me you see a shell opaque, and believe it structure but where it is held from inside deceives the eye and i, in truth, know as little as you, for my eyes point outward and cannot return on themselves, are blinded by amplitudes i cannot erase, […]

Scorpions in the Grass

It never ceases to amuse me that transmisiast false feminists persist in claiming the moral high ground of intellectual discourse while refusing utterly to engage the rest of society on a basis of equality and respect for the requirement of collaborating on mutually acceptable terms of discourse. There is no debate to be had here, […]

Invisible Girl

Reading a younger friend’s post about how she feels about her face this morning, I began thinking about how for trans women of my age, who transitioned relatively late in their lives, we often experience a sort of disconnect with our self-image. My young friend was expressing how bad she felt because she didn’t have […]

Posterous Content Imported

As of April 30th, Posterous has shut down, so I’ve backed up and imported all the content that I had on my personal blog there, which was formerly at gcvsa.posterous.com. All the content there was more or less creatively inclined, as opposed to the more controversial things I normally posted here on WordPress, and I […]

Blue Bell Knoll

I wish some mornings that I could forget the feeling of a true embrace. Those few moments between dream and wakefulness, when my body resonates with the profound loss of an unexpected love, are difficult to bear, alone as I have been for so long. …

yours, just the same

perhaps you believe that i do not see what you see do not know that my body is formed of shapes that rarely appear spontaneously in nature and i, walking, passing draw my lightly reddened lips to a thin crease staring at my telephone as if i did not notice the reflection there which was mirrored in your slightly horrified eyes (did […]

The Lotus & The Rose: The Ideal Wilderness, Water, Travel, and Kitchen Survival and General Utility Knife Set

8 September 2012 No tool is ideal for all tasks, but there are occasions when carrying an entire garage or shop full of tools is either impossible, or impractical, so we necessarily need to compromise when we are subject to the weight constraints …