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Novelist. Essayist. Former entomologist. Now a full-time writer exploring travel, art, philosophy, psychology, and science. www.ryanfrawley.com
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2020 was my first full year of writing on Medium


Contemplation of mortality makes you happier

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Don’t forget, you’re going to die


Making the case for imagination

Figurehead on kayak. Photo by author.

I was never any good at it


You are a void

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A funny thing happens when you look up at trees


You’re probably no happier than they are

Seal resting on a dock. Photo by author.

We don’t live in the same world as animals


Elizabethan magic has nothing on this

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Hummingbirds attack me in the yard


How Spiders Earn Their Hearts

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Butterflies are louder than you think


Manichaeism, Marvin Gaye, and society’s eternal struggle against itself

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You Don’t Need a Reason To Listen to Marvin Gaye


Reentry can be dangerous

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Some perfect Roman night


What more could you want than to leave nothing behind?

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Their Heads were Missing

Ryan Frawley

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