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The Existential Coloring Book is packed to the gills with animal-people paired with dark quotes from philosophers and other people worried about the essential dark unknowability of the universe. Also, activities! From an existential connect-the-dots to a page where you can draw what Kierkegaard is thinking about, you’ll being sighing with joy as you work on them. This looks like a coloring book for kids, but it’s probably not a good idea to give it to one. This twenty-four page, 8” x 10-1/4” book is a great gift for philosophy majors or anyone else overwhelmed with a feeling of hopelessness. Features quotes from existential thinkers, mysterious pictures to color and mildly depressing activities.

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The Gracie Law Mixtape

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Having a child who is sick is hard, so you can imagine that having to take care of a child with an intense disease like Friedreich’s Ataxia can be. Gracie-Law and her family are having a tough time. Amongst a dozen other setbacks, she is working hard to take care of her son who is suffering from this debilitating and rare disease. It’s certainly been putting a strain on the family and no amount of help from the government can cover all of the bills they have.

VinylReviewProject and WabiSabiforRobots have been discussing the problems facing Gracie-Law for a while now and, with her approval, decided to start raising money for her. They went to friends and well-wishers, asking them to contribute tracks for a compilation to help support her.

When you donate money to Gracie-Law, you’ll receive this compilation for free. All of the proceeds that we receive are going directly to Gracie-Law and none of the artists have received any compensation for their work. We have set the minimum contribution at $5, but we encourage you to give more. They could really use the help.

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Again, this was the nicest birthday present ever. When I first found out, I had some visceral, insanely embarrassed reaction but it was just a group of friends trying to be nice. And, listen, this is no sacred, pressing matter like a potato salad fundraiser. C’mon! So, just the fact that it made a few bucks shocked me!

Oy vey, try as I might to play around online and maintain my sense of humor… yes, I have a young son who is dying. I don’t reference this very much at all on here and maybe you’ve noticed the occasional pic of my kids and Jason is in a wheelchair.

I’m a goofball working in a goofball industry but what happens at home is very real. He has a rare mitochondrial disease known as Friedreich’s Ataxia. Never heard of this asshole disease before a few years ago, but he apparently has the most rapidly advancing case I’ve heard of. 

Not his fault, not my fault, not his father’s fault. Just a bizarre mix of chromosomes. He went from a whip-smart, racing toddler to an 8-year-old who can’t walk and who speaks very, very slowly. He has heart disease, scoliosis and deforming feet. One of the last things he’s ever loved to do was draw and now he can barely hold a pencil. Nothing funny about that, but still we try.

And you know what? You would, too. Once the shock sets in and you adjust, you steady that gallows humor and just make your kids happy at every turn. It’s not easy - I allow myself one nervous breakdown a year - but it becomes, as the geneticist told us, “the new normal.” Our daughter has a 25% chance of having it and we still haven’t tested her. It will happen soon and it terrifies me. So, yeah, I’ve been frenzied as of late.

So, thanks to my online friends (who are by all means REAL-LIFE friends) for understanding when I fall silent or withdraw. I try not to post anything here but goofball stuff, but these folks eventually sniffed out the truth.

I am touched and greatly humbled and shocked that this made a few hundred dollars. You don’t understand… I work when I can, then care for him from home. This paid for groceries this week. It fed my kids!

I’ll stop rambling (sorry) and I’m so embarrassed this happened, but know that I won’t be down forever and I will pay it forward for as long as I’m alive!

Gracie Law is my first tumblr pal.  She is awesome.  Reblog for eternity.  Spare no one.

Speechless (for good reasons)

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