The Final Walk

I hold this idea in my mind of a final walk into Grand Canyon, never to return. It’s not to the level of a plan, just an idea that persists of how to face the end of all things. It comes to mind a lot more these days, as it does during unfulfilling times. I lost the thread in life that kept me, and it feels like time to let go of this earthly realm, to cease these patterns that didn’t amount to anything worthy of love. Continue Reading

Working out the Kinks

This is a blog post that dates back to last decade. It sums up my three-year look into the world of online dating in its infancy. I think that knowing so much about relationships (by studying them in humanities classes) actually makes having one harder. People sometimes feel I am studying them. (And I guess I am. Aren’t we all?) They’d rather live in ‘ignorant’ bliss than ‘knowing’ bliss. Oh well, throwing it back to many years ago with my take on the fledgling internet dating scene. Continue Reading

This Tucson Life

It’s so easy these days to get caught up in narcissism, to miss the good things you have in pursuit of other things. Truth is that the other things are not all they’re cracked up to be, and in many ways I’m thankful for all the things that haven’t worked out here in Tucson. I’ve realized it’s better to pursue moments rather than things. Continue Reading

What is Rhetoric?

I’m getting back to basics these days because people have forgotten (or maybe they never learned) about writing and creative thinking. It seems I’ve literally run into people who don’t know the difference between being artistic and being autistic. Can you imagine how dark their worlds must be? Always labeling creative people as defective? So in getting back to basics, I decided to look up the word “rhetoric” to see what it says. Continue Reading

Why Trump Might Win

7/21/2016 2:20pm (5 minutes) — Well, someone finally said it, and I agree. Unless people wake up, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. So you look at the numbers right now and smirk because it doesn’t compute logically, but this election is not about logic. It’s about emotion. Continue Reading

Bones, NASA, and Technical Writing

“I’m a doctor, not an engineer.” This is a famous catch phrase from Bones in the original Star Trek. I’m not sure the origin of it, but I always thought it had something to do with how NASA approached getting to the moon in the 1960s. When faced with the problem of communicating between scientists and with the public through the media, they decided to hire communicators and writers instead of forcing scientists to be writers. So this line from Bones seems to be a homage to that idea. Continue Reading

Where Have All the liberal Free-thinking Writers Gone?

This is a throwback to 07/07/2007. Ahh the ever-changing meaning of the word ‘liberal’ in America. It’s advisable to limit the use of adjectives in your writing for this reason alone: adjectives change meaning a lot. In the case of the word ‘liberal’ it kind of glues itself to the word it’s modifying. Liberal politician, liberal arts, liberal christian. The word changes so much that it has literally become a noun. Anyway after the dark theme of the last post, I thought maybe this says the same thing in a humorous and lighter tone. Continue Reading

American Neofascism

By this time next year, America could very well be a fascist nation. Having studied political science, I agree with Jimmy Carter that we are already a nationalistic oligarchy. That’s one step, one leader, away from being fascist. So it wouldn’t be surprising given who appears to be rising to the top in this election cycle that we will take the next step. What might be surprising is that it may not matter who gets elected. I’m not sure any leader at this point can stop the American people from the trajectory we are on. Continue Reading