Empathy: The Remnant Pieces
Life is an experiment. The worst things are constants. Roderick Butler is a very intelligent young man — that’s what everyone says. Very sensible. Accomplished beyond his years. Awkward around others, but not hurtful. Experienced at coping with all of the damage. But the bad times are in the past now. He has a new life, in a new house with a complete family. It’s safer. More comfortable. More stable. All-around healthier.
Roderick Butler is a very intelligent young man — that’s what everyone says. Very sensible. Accomplished beyond his years. Awkward around others, but not hurtful.
Experienced at coping with all of the damage.
But the bad times are in the past now. He has a new life, in a new house with a complete family. It’s safer. More comfortable. More stable. All-around healthier.
And all anyone expects from Roderick is that he be normal.
Empathy: The Remnant Pieces is an epistolary novel following a brilliant but troubled youth, struggling to adapt after his single mother’s marriage to an older widower. New updates will be posted Mondays and Thursdays.
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An Introduction to Chinese Breakfast
The most important meal of the day might not be what you’re expecting. — Of the many adjustments Americans must make when living abroad, one of the biggest is getting used to a very different diet, and the biggest differences in diet often come at breakfast. The first morning meal served to a weary traveler may come as a shock for a few reasons…
Please Love Me: Dating With ASD
First dates and relationships are hard enough when you and your partner communicate the same way — While scratching through some old notebooks, I happened across a page of dating notes. If you have no idea what this is, then congratulations on having a more-or-less normal social life. Some of us need a little more assistance when it comes to social situations. In my case, that came…
Investigating Chinese Bar Culture
A bar is a bar, but those in the Middle Kingdom have a few special quirks. — One of my past employers had a lounge area in their offices that, once in a while, they turned into a nightspot. It was a strange thing, finding a bar twenty stories up in an office building, but curiosities like this are far from unusual in China. …
Xiaolongxia: On Chinese Crayfish
They’re not just a Louisiana specialty. — If you’ve lived or traveled anywhere close to the American South, you’re likely familiar with crayfish, the tiny crustaceans that creep around the bottoms of freshwater lakes in the American interior. Cheaper and easier to find than lobsters, their bigger cousins, they are a signature element of Cajun cuisine. …
Ending Strong: Nine Legendary Songs That Closed Out An Album
A celebration of the deepest of cuts. — I’ve heard people say that no one remembers the last song on an album. There’s a certain measure of truth to that, if only due to how albums are designed. In the time of vinyl, it was customary to frontload albums, leaving perceived lesser songs for the B-side. By the…
The Chinese New Year Gala: A Travel Story
TV in other countries can be very curious. — Over the years, I’ve had a few students and acquaintances who have participated in the Chinese New Year’s Gala. For those of you not in the know, this is the big televised event that 1.4 billion people reliably watch every year after the Spring Festival Reunion Dinner. …