Killing Babies now Available

Sometimes, in writing, things need to get cut. My latest collection of essays entitled Killing Babies, is now available for purchase from online bookstores in print, and Kindle format from Amazon. Purchase the print version from Amazon and download the Kindle version for free. These essays originated on this blog in their earliest forms, but … Continue reading Killing Babies now Available

Guidelines for Writing, First Draft 

   I have recently been considering a set of guidelines for writers and have come up with an initial set of principles, listed below. These are by no means comprehensive and will continue to expand and evolve as time goes on, but provide a basis for further discussion. I welcome comments, inquiries, and constructive criticism. … Continue reading Guidelines for Writing, First Draft 

Strange Bedfellows: Politics in Post-Rational America 

Part of the trouble with our current system of governance is that it takes so long and costs so much to gain and retain office, that only someone comfortably wealthy or in the pocket of wealthy business interests can afford to run. Factored into the equation is the tremendous amount of scrutiny most public figures, … Continue reading Strange Bedfellows: Politics in Post-Rational America 

The Metaphysical Why

For as long as I've been around, I've heard people say that things happen for a reason, that there's always a purpose behind what happens to us and those around us, and it's just a matter of sorting out why something has happened and what we're supposed to learn as a result. As I've gotten … Continue reading The Metaphysical Why

Random Thoughts, 9 December 2014

If the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans are connected, why are they considered three different oceans? I think a better term for rush hour would be sitting in traffic wasting time and fuel hour. Giving GI Joe kung-fu grip probably wasn't as earth-shattering as it once seemed. I wonder what the six million dollar man … Continue reading Random Thoughts, 9 December 2014

Two Doors, People, Two Doors

When I was a student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, as ten-o-clock break rolled around, students would stream out of Sparks Hall, cross Courtland Street and enter the Student Center to get to the cafeteria. There was and probably still is a single set of doors that lead out of Sparks Hall onto Courtland, … Continue reading Two Doors, People, Two Doors

Listen to the Warm

When I was a teenager, I had very specific ideas about what constituted poetry, rhyming verses, measured lines, lofty subjects like love and death. Then I read Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen, and everything changed. I was aware of McKuen's work as a singer and songwriter, having seen him on television in the … Continue reading Listen to the Warm

Real Bible Studies: Leviticus

If the Ten Commandments were the basis for "the law" as defined by the ancient Israelites, then Leviticus is the nuts and bolts description of how to carry out the law. Like most law books, it's a very tedious book to read, spelling out, sometimes in minute detail, what each infraction is, and what sort … Continue reading Real Bible Studies: Leviticus

Late Night Poet

The staccato rhythm of the broken typewriter echoes throughout the rooms and disappears outside in the streets. Gradually increasing the size of the paper heap beside him in the trashcan, the young man finds himself no closer to solving earthly mysteries than he was this time last year. Giving up on silence, glaring at the … Continue reading Late Night Poet