A Trump Card Argument: “What, are you [fill in the blank]”

So, let us say that you are socializing with someone. This someone may be a friend or a relative. They might be a casual acquaintance. And that someone makes a racist, bigoted remark. And, since you find racist and bigoted statements to be offensive, you call them on it. You say, “Hey, that’s racist and that’s not cool,” or you say “Wow, what you said was kind of horrible.”...more

Scatter Shot Prompts from Near Life Experiences

GBE 2: Blog On -- Week #48: “Now”This is for GBE 2 Prompt 48Have a navel gazing poem thing.NaBloPoMo April: Are you more a haiku or an epic poem? The answer is five seven five with a side of prose....more

Marcus on Mondays: Meditation 9:17

For the thrown stone, there is no more evil in falling than there is good in rising. Obligatory Introduction: This is going to be part of a series where I write about my thoughts and impressions about excerpts from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. My original plan was to use the Project Gutenberg upload, and I am still using it as a secondary source....more
Thanks, Rena, for the meditational gems from Marcus Aurelius.  I am following you so as not to ...more

Two Random Stories!

 Pretty much what it says on the tin. My cat can get into but not out of cabinets and I recieve a bizarre phone call....more

NaBloPoMo April Catch Up

 NaBloPoMo April Poetry Catch-up...more

Symphony of Science: Onward to the Edge

 I love Symphony of Science!...more

Book Review: The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip

Patricia McKillip is one of my favorite writers, but I generally find her works to be somewhat hit or miss. She is a writer who excels at creating modern fairytales and intricately described landscapes that seem to be both concrete and dreamlike. Her prose ranges from the flowery to the simple and practical and can draw you right into the story, except when it does the opposite. The Bell at Sealey Head would be one of the novels that threw me right out of the story....more

Puttin' on the Ritz--Moscow Flash Mob!!

I really love flash mobs.  ...more

NaBloPoMo April Day 3: What is the best poem to read when you're feeling sad?

The best poem to read when you’re feeling sad is Emily Dickinson’s “Nobody” poem....more

NaBloPoMo April Day 2: What was the first poem you ever memorized?

Right out of the gate, this first prompt is pretty hard. I am actually not always very good at memorizing things like poems and I only very rarely had the urge to commit one to memory! I was the sort of kid that would remember parts of a song and sing them over and over again until the nearest adult listener pitched a fit about the singing!...more