About This Blog

Welcome to Halfofthetruth.org.

I’ve started this blog as a space to write short essays and musings on topics as diverse as my Rainforest Mind can manage — which is pretty broad.

As Paula Prober – author of Journey Into Your Rainforest Mind: A Field Guide for Gifted Adults and Teens, Book Lovers, Overthinkers, Geeks, Sensitives, Brainiacs, Intuitives, Procrastinators, and Perfectionists (2019) – describes me, I’m “Excessively Curious, Creative, Smart & Sensitive”, all traits which require some unpacking (I’ll get there) but ring true and are good enough for now.

This blog will be about my own “journey into my rainforest mind” (Prober, 2019) as a “gifted adult” (Streznewski, 1999) (a term I’ll also use if or as appropriate).

(Read a little more about me here.)

Along the way I’ll include plenty of posts on what it’s like to to create a rich life alongside my rainforest partner, with a particular emphasis on parenting my rainforest kiddos.

The title of this blog, by the way, comes from a dialogue exchange in one of my favorite movies, Yi Yi (2000), written and directed by Edward Yang:


Yang-Yang: Daddy, you can’t see what I see and I can’t see what you see. So how can I know what you see?

N.J.: Good question. I never thought of that. That’s why we need a camera. Do you want one to play with?

Yang-Yang: Daddy, can we only know half of the truth?

N.J.: What? I don’t get it

Yang-Yang: I can only see what’s in front, not what’s behind. So I can only know half of the truth, right?

“Half” of the truth is an arbitrary distinction, but one that at least lays a line in the sand. I’m okay with that compromise – in fact, I like compromises; I don’t think life can function effectively without them.

  • Prober, P. (2019). Journey into your rainforest mind: A field guide for gifted adults and teens, book lovers, overthinkers, geeks, sensitives, brainiacs, intuitives, procrastinators, and perfectionists. Luminare Press.
  • Streznewski, M.K. (1999). Gifted grownups: The mixed blessings of extraordinary potential. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Yang, E. (Director). (2000) Yi Yi. [Film]