The StickMonkey hands a banana to Grace Slick

I have admired Grace Slick since I was about eight years old. My father was a fan of Jefferson Airplane, the name of the band in which Grace was the lead singer. He enjoyed Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," written and performed by Grace. If there is such a volume...

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The StickMonkey has a grocery store adventure

I'm standing in the self-checkout line at the grocery store. In front of me is a woman about my age. She has two teenagers with her. I'd say they were 16 or 17. Both are guys. They are holding hands. It's not an obvious display of affection.   There's a woman behind...

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The StickMonkey talks about this thing called life

Is it too short? I see that statement a lot. It doesn't work very well for me with "too" stuck in the middle. I know it's the writer and lover of language in me, but my question to people who make this observation is: Too short for what? When you supply the answer,...

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The StickMonkey asks what it is about some monsters

Some monsters never lose their ability to scare the sh–t out of us, no matter how many times we encounter them. Why is that? They represent something dangerous or harmful that doesn't or shouldn't fade with repeated exposure. These monsters wear the masks of our...

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The StickMonkey hands a banana to Videoblocks

Marketing and advertising has it tough. Its job is to tell us a story that will resonate with us. Our brains will respond, and we'll process the story as if it's happening to us. The story has to make it through our preconception and judgement filters. We have to...

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