Ramblings Of A Man Named Joseph Carro

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Defeating the Darkness

Posted on November 13, 2018

Whenever I get too down on myself, it’s mostly because I’ve become too caught up in my everyday life. Work, bills, laundry, taxes, dishes, etc. No matter what I do to try to remedy the “everyday blues” – it can be hard to pull myself from the oppressive black hole of the mundane. At that point, I try to take stock of my surroundings. I remember that ultimately it’s the things I choose to do, the things I’ve been courageous enough to try, the things I partake in to set off the constant edge I feel. Those things are all more important to me in the long run than the momentary stresses and anxiety of the day-to-day. I’m no musician, but I’ve spent a…

Excelsior: My Tribute To Stan Lee

Posted on November 13, 2018

*Artwork by me.   I don’t have any photos with Stan Lee. I was never lucky enough to meet the man in real life – So, on top of that, I also don’t have any touching anecdotes about how I met him in an elevator once, or how I sat down next to him at a convention, or anything else I’ve been grateful to read about him on the day of his death. Stan Lee never encountered me once during the 95 years he roamed our Earth – he didn’t know I even existed. And yet the mark he left on me was indelible, and though he didn’t know I existed – he knew lots of people LIKE me. I was an archetype in…

Ghosts of Portland

Posted on July 4, 2018

This city has many ghosts. I’ve been called one myself, off and on, since I started walking the streets of Portland. Each cobblestone marred with gum and cigarette butts, each rooftop covered in bird shit, each wall covered in graffiti and hobo piss – they’re all markers for times come and gone, days passed. Down on the wharf, I see myself taking waltzing lessons from a girlfriend in the moonlight, both of us laughing while I’m too self-conscious to take the steps. Though I really could if I could just overtake that anxiety (because I’m an okay dancer) broiling inside me. She appreciates my effort. Unfortunately, that’s about the only time in that relationship I put any effort in. She was a nice girl.…

My Top Ten Favorite Albums

Posted on June 17, 2018

I haven’t done a Top Ten list in quite some time, so now’s as good a time as any to list my TOP TEN FAVORITE MUSIC ALBUMS. My music tastes have gone all over the place as I’ve grown as a person, but mostly – my top ten favorite albums stay the same. Or, at least they have for a while. These albums have seen me through some interesting times in my life, and so I’m excited to share them with you and also share why I like them. While they are listed in “top ten” order, I feel like each album sort of moves around depending on my mood – so by no means is the order set in stone. It’s just an…

99% Psychological, 1% What You Know.

Posted on April 21, 2018

“The two friends often were mischievous and were repeatedly reprimanded by their superiors. Once, my grandfather ordered a Monopoly board game set for something to do. Charlie had an idea and threw away everything except for the board and the dice and the two of them set it up like a craps table.”

A NERDY HISTORY

Posted on April 16, 2018

Of Dice And Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It By David M. Ewalt 288 pp. Scribner, $26.00 When one normally thinks of the often-derided role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, images of slack-jawed, hunchbacked nerds and obsessed geeks come to the forefront of the imagination. This is due largely in part to society and how it originally envisioned those who played (or play) the game in years past. However, with celebrities like Vin Diesel and others coming forward and saying they enjoyed the game, and with D&D being featured in popular television shows like Stranger Things – the image of the unpopular “nerd” is no longer reality. In a series of carefully-constructed vignettes wrapped around a larger…

The Write Life: Growing Up In Maine

Posted on March 10, 2018

Growing up as a kid in Maine can be pretty boring. What we lack in things to do in this state, though, we make up for in spades with natural beauty, rugged wilderness, and scenery that has inspired artists of all walks for generations. Though I lived mostly in the city of Lewiston, I was able to get out into the countryside every once in a while. Many folks in larger cities don’t have that sort of luxury, and looking back at my early life – I’m thankful I had that opportunity. I’d go to my grandparent’s house in Windham where nights and days were spent in the sandpit and surrounding woods behind their home. For a while, my siblings and I lived with…