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Brightside Biography: I’m a Funeral Director

Brightside Biography: I’m a Funeral Director

Funerals are not fun. That’s obvious, right? What may not be obvious, though, is all of the work that goes into taking care of your sweet grandpa after he’s passed. Not only the work of taking care of sweet grandpa, but really, the work (and […]

Brightside Booklist: Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor

Brightside Booklist: Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor

It’s not a surprise to anyone that I’m afraid of dying. Not the act of dying (well, that’s kind of a lie), but of being dead. I like naps, but I don’t much care for dirt naps. I know what you’re saying right now. “Does […]

What Really Happened In Waco?

What Really Happened In Waco?

I was 17, hanging out in the Moorhead High School library. I VIVIDLY remember looking at the TVs and seeing the chaos evolving in Waco. Thinking back, I knew there was some sort of cult in that building and David Koresh was, like, this satan-type […]

Death By Orange Peel + Other Weird Ways To Die

Death By Orange Peel + Other Weird Ways To Die

I once read an obituary that said that a man died while on an anniversary vacation with his wife. They had taken a trip to Florida and he ended up drowning in the ocean while taking a dip. Isn’t that HORRIBLE? Another one said that […]

Brightside’s Best: 5 True Crime Shows You Need To Watch

Brightside’s Best: 5 True Crime Shows You Need To Watch

  Ready for something funny? There is a show on TV right now called “Deadly Dentists.” Maybe you don’t find it that funny, but I did for a couple of reasons. For one, I’m very easily entertained and number two, is this what it’s come […]

You Are The Brightside: Best of 2017

Happy New Year from The Brightside! I hope this year brought all of you health, happiness and all the Party Pizzas that your heart desired! Just me with the Party Pizzas? Okay, fine. This year was pretty exciting for me, partially because I started this […]

Brightside Booklist: 52 Books To Read Now (Like, RIGHT NOW)

Brightside Booklist: 52 Books To Read Now (Like, RIGHT NOW)

At least once a week, I have someone asking me for a book recommendation. I mean, not to brag or anything, but I’m pretty darn good at giving suggestions. Because of this, I wanted to make a list of books that I’ve read and  enjoyed. […]

Brightside Booklist: A Father’s Story by Lionel Dahmer

Brightside Booklist: A Father’s Story by Lionel Dahmer

I read this book in just a few hours over two nights. I could’ve finished it in one night, but my eyes were burning (WHERE ARE MY EYE DROPS?) out of my head and I had to put it down. The stories that Lionel told […]

Princess Diana’s Last Night in Paris

Princess Diana’s Last Night in Paris

I had just finished with a night out on the town in Minneapolis. I was in town visiting and, well, not just visiting, but ripping up the town like 22-year-olds do. We returned to our friend’s house after dancing our buns off and that’s when […]

Brightside Brief

Brightside Brief

It’s Sunday and it’s time for some murder, book talk, John Carpenter and more murder. This is the best of the best stuff that I’ve seen recently on the interwebs or that I saw awhile ago, but STILL think about. If I’m still thinking about […]