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The Long Road to Getting Your Novel Published

As some of you already know, in addition to being a beacon of wisdom in this troubled world, I write mystery novels on the side, the second of which, “Pineapple Crush,” was commercially published last month. I wrote the thing and started attempting to get it published more than a decade ago. Its rather […]

In So Many Little Ways

While rape is the ultimate demonstration of disrespect, men besmirch women in so many little ways.

I had gone to the county courthouse to attend a public information meeting about a controversial issue. The attendance was far more than had been expected, and it was clear that the intended meeting room was quite inadequate. While […]

THE FARCE OF COLUMBUS DAY

When Taino Indians saved Christopher Columbus from certain death Oct. 12, 1492, what occurred next was neither beautiful nor heroic. His diaries indicated he was greeted with the most generous hospitality he had ever known, yet he immediately began the encomienda system tying Indian slaves to their stolen lands, and was personally responsible for […]

Carrying the New Puritan Flag

I was musing today about the supposed backlash against the Obama Administration’s proposal to require religious organizations like universities, hospitals, etc. to provide, as part of their health benefits to their workers, contraceptives. This is being presented as an assault on religious freedom and more particularly, Christianity–even though twenty-eight states have a similar law […]

A Commitment To Indigenous Morality

“Goodness does not thrive in the absence of evil. Selfishness, small vices, and jealousies dominate the people in those times. True goodness only emerges in the threat and presence of Shadow—nestling in the crook of its arm, whispering in its ear, until the Shadow goes mad and men relinquish their fears to cry once […]

Gun Control: Being Honest

As a lifelong gun-owner with a concealed weapon permit and an admitted fascination with the technology and hardware of firearms, I think its time to own up to the realities of gun violence in the U.S. and the honest reason why gun-control is opposed so vehemently. It has to do with the elementary psyche […]

Reading Galdos

It troubles me that I once knew a little Spanish. Even read a little Benito Perez Galdos, a very prolific writer whom some rate as No. 2 behind Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra. I say read a little Galdos because he wrote quite a lot, a whole lot more than I could ever accomplish.

My favorite […]

What do drivers use for brains?

Ever wonder what drivers use for brains?

My particular peeve are drivers who tie up a whole lane of traffic while they wait for an opportunity to make a left turn. Do they ever look in their rear view mirrors ahead of time? Of course not. Do they ever have an alternate plan? Why do […]

The Essence Of Han- Understanding the Korean Psyche

Just after the United States began the invasion of Afghanistan I wrote an essay describing the history of conflict there and the reality of the socio-political structure of Tribal peoples as opposed to nationalistic entities in establishing peace. Today, sixteen years later, the reservations I had then about our military success there have been […]

Can Drones Fly Under Porch Roofs?

I’m having a hard time trying to envision how a drone can deliver a package at my doorstep.

My front door is set back from under a porch roof a good eight feet. Can a drone fly under a porch roof to safely deliver a package at a doorstep? If the drone cannot get in […]