Bitcoin has been taking a beating lately — both in its market cap and its reputation. The primary despair that many people have been voicing online or in-person seems to ultimately stem from the hope that it was going to make them rich. Now they are in an uncomfortable position where they bought in higher than it's worth. However, bitcoin was never going to be a get-rich-quick scheme for people. The days where you could buy cheap and sell 1000x later are gone, and it’s very difficult to find an altcoin with that kind of return. However, speculation and wild…


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“Forces always act in pairs. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” — Newton’s Third Law of Motion

“In order to regard anything as truly important, you also have to regard its loss as truly meaningful. And that means to open yourself up to experiences of deep meaning also simultaneously means that you have to open yourself up to the possibility of deep hurt and sorrow.” — Jordan Peterson

We don’t learn to walk without falling down, but somewhere along the way I started counting my falls instead of my steps. Opportunities missed, people that are gone, and time…


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I didn’t understand cryptocurrencies when I first heard about them. And even though I’m a software engineer, I didn’t care about them either. They seemed like an idea peddled by idealists — too abstract, too lofty, and ultimately too fake. However, as I looked into them more and began to buy a little at the end of 2019, I have continued down the rabbit hole ever since. After learning about the underlying technology, its implications, and how to obtain and use crypto — I’ve become one of those idealists. …


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I Like To Take Long Walks

I find a lot of solace in wandering. It helps me think.

A couple months ago as I was out, I came across a podcast that talked about owning your life and having direction — even if that direction is as small as making tomorrow suck just a little less than today. He argued that the days accumulate, one direction or another, then talked about how so often we let ourselves corrode while enduring shitty circumstances and people. Bad jobs. Toxic bosses. Manipulative relationships. On and on. …


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This is the first part of my short story “Eremos” from my site The Devil’s Take

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:1–4

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The wind brought no relief, only tiny bits of sand that stung…


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This is the first part of my short story “Fireflies” from my site The Devil’s Take

“Stop looking at your phone.”

“Oh shit — didn’t even realize I was doing it again,” Mel said, slipping her phone back into her purse.

Shannon took a long drag on her cigarette while Mel looked around at the crowd, avoiding Shannon’s accusing gaze.

Groups of people were clustered around tables, standing together by brick planters full of flowers, or leaning up against the ornate, black gate that enclosed the entire patio. The patio blended with the open-air restaurant, Diaz, so that any clear…


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An Ohio man was in the news. He lived about an hour away from me. He died in a hospital about fifteen minutes down the road from me.

COVID-19.

The reason people have been talking about him specifically is because he called these quarantine measures “bullshit” and speculated about how serious this really was. Now after he has passed, people laugh and use him as both a joke and a cautionary tale. I’ve seen it on social media, and picked up in major news sites.

To echo his own words: I call bullshit.

I say that because there’s something really…


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Isn’t it interesting how we live side by side but have completely different experiences? Some people feel like they are living their best lives, others feel like it is the end of the world. This divide keeps growing, especially in politics.

In the heat of ideological arguments that highlight our differences, we overlook our shared biology as well as our very human limitations. This polarized climate makes me wonder if we are approaching a point of no return, as if we are splitting into two separate species. Is this really what’s going on — speciation? …


A response to US Attorney General Bill Barr regarding his speech to Notre Dame Law School in October 2019

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Dear Bill,

Having talked about morality in my previous letter, I wanted to focus on the rest of your speech in this second letter. I think we may find some common ground, but I feel I first need to address more of the challenges you presented to the secular community.

Returning to your speech, you argued that because people can rationalize anything then something external must restrain the individual. Because you disagreed that it should be government, you advocated that it…


A response to US Attorney General Bill Barr regarding his speech to Notre Dame Law School in October 2019

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Dear Bill,

I watched your presentation to the students of Notre Dame. It engrossed me, and while there are a lot of things I disagree with, I take your words seriously. I respect your sincere concerns and deep convictions. …

Christopher Guarnera

Entrepreneur, software developer, and writer. Enthusiast of good stories, interesting conversations, and serendipity.

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