Deep Suburban Blues

Here’s my latest from microcosmsfic 56. I spun Pool Hustler, Chicago, and Horror on the writing wheel. Going for a unique take on the first prompt, here’s the result… Ever since I watched “Jaws” when I’s a kid I been damn ‘fraid swimming in my pool. It’s a suburban pool, north of Chicago, nothing fancy … More Deep Suburban Blues

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…

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

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,…

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

They Themselves

 For the first time in seven months I wrote a piece of flash fiction, the below being the result. Based on this picture, it had to include reference to a dragon and a magical stone and consist of no more than 100 words Thanks to Emily June Street at Luminous Creatures Press for hosting and Mark A. … More They Themselves

The Clean-Sports Movement and Performance-Enhancing Drugs: A Mythological Perspective (re-blogged)

“Revealed: sport’s dirtiest secret; Third of medals won by athletes with suspicious blood tests.” So read a Sunday Times (London) headline on August 2, 2015. American newspapers reported on the claims, but primarily remained silent on the matter until November when a name was dropped: Russia. Then the news kept pouring in and almost daily … More The Clean-Sports Movement and Performance-Enhancing Drugs: A Mythological Perspective (re-blogged)

Music as a Vehicle for Religious Dialogue: An Interreligious Discussion of Sin, Salvation, and Redemption

Amidst the social and cultural upheaval of the 1960s, the Catholic Church opened the Vatican II council in 1962 in order to address issues of modernity. Until then, the Church had condemned modernity; Vatican II encouraged the church to engage with the changing world. The Church issues a number of documents that significantly altered the … More Music as a Vehicle for Religious Dialogue: An Interreligious Discussion of Sin, Salvation, and Redemption