On Being White

There’s a notion in my head lately that hasn’t become part of a conversation, and I wonder how it might be received if I spoke it. The notion is “I don’t consider myself white.” Or perhaps it might be better to say that I don’t think of myself as “white”.

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The CoronaVirus Scare, An Old Time Writer’s Perspective

March 20, 2020 at 12:59 AM — As part of a writing education, students (used to) learn all about how humans communicate including about communicable diseases, epidemiology, vaccines and genetics, and government responses to these things. This supposedly helps us to write better fiction and do better research for documentary. Of course, these days most of us are sidelined into other pursuits so the sons and daughters of real estate folks and former television stars can share their ignorance, leaving us scared and wondering ‘what TF now?’ Anyway, I thought I’d write some thoughts that come out of my old curriculums in these matters that some people may not be understanding.

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The True Varsity Blues

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

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

Native Ancestry and 2020 Visions

I’ve read lots of articles and information related to Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Native American ancestry. It interests me because I have appropriated (I think appropriately) some symbols and ideas from America’s tribal peoples. This politician seems a little brain dead on how she comes across, and I worry that some anger or misunderstanding might be transferred onto me. Continue Reading