The Conservative Theft of American Freedoms

On and on and on I hear and read in the media various Conservatives harping upon “freedom” and “liberty.” They want to ensure we as Americans maintain our freedoms and our inalienable rights. According to the Declaration of Independence, those include Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Unfortunately, Conservatives (at least since Reagan) have … More The Conservative Theft of American Freedoms

Understanding Trump

Originally posted on George Lakoff:
Understanding Trump By George Lakoff There is a lot being written and spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective…

Three Simple Reasons Why Racism is Incredibly Stupid

I cannot remember a time during my 40 years of life in which racial hostilities in America have burned as hot as they do now. The title to this post says racism is incredibly stupid. I might also say racism is not only ignorant, but it is for the ignorant–people who, for a wide variety of reasons, … More Three Simple Reasons Why Racism is Incredibly Stupid

Non-Traffiction

Glad to be getting back into the Flash Fiction swing of things again and this is probably my favorite of my most recent forays. Traffic Jam was the central theme for Microcosms 34. After spinning the writing wheel, I had to incorporate the following: Character: Driver                   … More Non-Traffiction

Are We There Yet?

Here’s my latest from Microcosms, the theme of this week’s story summer vacation. In spinning the writer’s wheel, I had to incorporate a children, long distance walk, and fairy tale: “Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.” So much for a nice quiet walk through the woods. Every few minutes, either the … More Are We There Yet?

Precocious Testimony

Originally posted on Veninga's Smuler:
I’ve never written a blog post in my life. I’ve thought about it before, but it has always felt overwhelming and a little self-indulgent. But today on a rainy run in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, I decided that now is the time. There are those times, after all,…

The Trumping of America: A Case of Historical Amnesia? (or a “Call to War”)

According to Rudy Giuliani, “before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack inside the United States.” Just a couple days ago, I heard the bat-shit crazy Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson tell a female Fox News correspondent she had the “luxury” of working at Fox. Such are just two of the … More The Trumping of America: A Case of Historical Amnesia? (or a “Call to War”)

Down to the Wire

  My first story for the super-fun microcosmfic.com in which the participant actually spins a digital wheel of sorts; this determines the character, setting, and genre one must include in his/her story. Mine landed on actor/battlefield/sci-fi. The story had to be submitted by 12:00 am Eastern Standard Time. I began writing at 11:45 pm and clicked “submit” … More Down to the Wire