“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
I wrote this (mostly) a few days ago while staying in a backpacker’s hostel in Dublin.
I’m staying in a mixed (gender) room at a not-to-be-named hostel in Dublin, Ireland. I figured a mixed room might be an experience and it proved to be true. Continue Reading
The university admissions scandal (#varsityblues) is one of those watershed moments that has me looking back over life and doing some rewriting. My autobiographical fiction books have some thoughts about ‘the death of universities’ in America, and some of those anecdotes come to mind. People have been saying that cheating is nothing new or it’s always been like this, but really it hasn’t, at least not to this degree. Continue Reading
Is there a difference between following the arts and running a business? I see confusion about this, and it appears these two things have become muddled, bled into each other. Maybe I’m the one confused, or maybe I see it differently because I studied business while having an arts degree, and I learned to look at these two things in different ways. Continue Reading
Neil deGrasse Tyson (NDT) is having his #metoo moment. His response to the characterizations of him as a groper and an assaulter can be found on his Facebook page. It’s an eloquent defense, and frankly I find myself on his side, but I feel no need to defend him. Perhaps I will be accused of ‘mansplaining’ for this, and we cannot be sure what happened over a decade ago when he was in grad school, but the two other incidents he defends are in my mind an example of #metoo gone too far. Continue Reading
This is a bit more personal than I usually get in a blog post these days. It kind of breaks the fourth wall of hiding behind a pen name, if there is such a thing.
About ten days ago I had one of my worst falls ever while hiking. Continue Reading
About eight to ten years ago, I became largely silent on ideology and sociopolitical writing and talk. Lately, I’ve been considering the effects of not speaking up. The decision to remain mostly silent grew out of two separate circumstances. Trolls on the internet and Continue Reading
Sociopolitical. This seems like an old word, and I wonder if people use it much anymore. It simply means ‘combining social and political factors’. I’m making it a new tag in this blog so that I can share some notions on my mind during these novel times in America. Continue Reading
My Mother died this year, so this is my first Mother’s day without her. Since she died I’ve been expecting moments when the ‘grief‘ caught up to me. Instead something rather unexpected has happened. Up in the mountains while hiking, I’ve had moments of wonderment, epiphany, a wholesome feeling of ‘Mother’, creator and artist…bringing me to tears. Continue Reading
I just finished streaming the first season of Star Trek Discovery with a free week of CBS All Access on Amazon. This is a personal review of the show and thoughts connected to ‘Trek’— spoilers ahead. Let me say up front, lest I sound a bit arrogant or fan-boyish, that once upon a time I pitched stories to Michael Taylor when he was an Executive Producer on Star Trek: Voyager. It’s the closest I ever got to being somebody of note. Continue Reading