A Thought For Those Who Want to Escape the Noise

There are two main routes out of Riverside, California, for someone who is travelling to San Francisco. Both routes converge at Interstate-5 south of Bakersfield.

The I-5 is the long, concrete spine that enervates the West Coast, stretching from San Ysidro on the Mexican border up to the northern edge…


And The Reason I Will be Doing It Anyway

There are very few places in the world that are better suited for reconsidering your life choices than a tiny shack in the middle of nowhere.

It’s a proper shack. Twelve feet long by twelve feet wide, and situated at the far end of a long rural lane south of…


I hope your friend starts dating quickly and finds out what the rest of us already know; the world is full of people who won't judge her the way you do.


Everything can be explained better when you use stick figures.

The Polls are Messed Up. But What Does that Mean?

I spent the evening of the 2016 election at a victory party for Hillary Clinton.

I arrived at the door that night smiling. I had spent the whole day looking at the productive part of my computer, not the internet part. I knew nothing.

The first crack in my optimism…


What do you do with mindfulness when you’re miserable?

I’ve spent the better part of the last three weeks fighting a nasty chest cold. It’s insidious — the type that attacks in waves. The first wave started in the back of my throat and then migrated into my chest, the way most of my colds normally do. I spent…

James Horton

Social scientist, world traveller, and writer. I try to capture life as it is lived.

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