NDT and PDA

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

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Odds and Ends

I had an odd week. There’s lots on my mind, and it’s coming to me in a bunch of little stories, a bunch of odds and ends like the Abbey Road album or an anthology of shorts. I can’t say these are traumas so much as they are irksome incidents to rankle with in the wee hours of a restless night. Continue Reading

Wonder Woman and Feminism Versus Female-ism

I watched the new Wonder Woman movie some time ago, and I’ve read lots of blog reviews by millennial women. It strikes me how so many of the reviews struggle with ideas of female empowerment and feminism. There seems to be an amazing lack of clarity there, as if there’s no recognizable difference between feminism and something one might call ‘ female-ism’. Is anyone learning about the arts anymore? 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

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

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