The 5-Star Rating System Sucks

The 5-star rating system sucks as a way to rate people. It’s original purpose was to rate products and services so that the people offering those products and services could improve upon them. Now, corporations—from car dealerships to transportation providers and more—use 5-star ratings from customers to rate their employees, and all that does is end up creating animosity and antipathy hidden behind fake friendliness. 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

Know Me

Full Title: Know Me — By Way of Explanation: A Narrative of My Life in Tucson as it Relates to a Hiking Group, Musings from a Writer in the Desert

One of the ideas behind being a creative writer or artist is never to explain yourself to people who don’t get you. Like many things these days, I find myself looking at that idea anew. It feels like few people understand the creative mind anymore, and there’s so many false assumptions that seem to be taking root again. Everyone is putting everyone else into a cage, and I think it’s high time to break out of pigeon-holing with some open communication. Continue Reading

An Alternative Theory for the Extinction of the Dinosaurs

Throwing it back to March 8, 2013…. I just spent some time going over old blogs, and I found some strange and humorous stuff I used to write. Everything feels so serious lately, so I thought I’d pull some of this old stuff out to break up the dredge of darker tone I take these days. This was originally part of a blog called The Writers Room that I kept from July 2009 to July 2013.
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Sexism and the Missing Step

Writing about sexism can be tricky these days, especially for a man. Women are quick to point out anything that feels remotely sexist to them, so men largely learn to keep quiet on the subject. But I’ll risk speaking up because I see something happening that may be creating a sexist reality. There’s a missing step in relationships, something that used to happen but disappeared, and pointing it out might help.
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500 Shades of Colour

In honour of Valentine’s day and the release of the ground-shaking and orgasm-inducing movie “50 Shades of Grey”, I thought this might be a good time to get back to blogging. There’s quite a buzzing sound and a whole lot of good vibrations about the release of this movie in America on a day honouring a Catholic Saint beheaded around 270 AD. Lots of pre-sale tickets were lapped up in Mississippi and other bastions of christianity here in America for the R-rated exhibition. Permission or not, people just couldn’t hold out. Continue Reading