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I finished the new book but forgot to get groceries

How have you been? Good, I hope. I’ve been away to a stone age island in Polynesia, (in my imagination) writing As the Sparks Fly Upward, a tale of romance, religion, politics and mostly humans being human, which is always a hilarious condition. I was supposed to go get groceries this morning and I meant … Continue reading

Don’t Mess with Cossack Women

Cossack-the word means “free man” and feisty independence has always been an ethnic trait of Cossacks. An eastern Slavic (Russia/Ukraine) people, Cossacks served as fighters for various rulers, but then tended to fight their sponsors if they got too controlling. As you can imagine, this has led to a long, stormy and interesting history. One … Continue reading

It’s about Love: Christian Humanism

How is your week going? Good, I hope. Do you have a label? Or do you find, like David when they dressed him in Saul’s armor, “Hey, this doesn’t quite fit-take it off?” I have said I’m a Christian Freethinker, but I got yelled at for that, “Christians can’t be freethinkers, freethinkers are atheists, like … Continue reading

Agony and Ecstasy of Writing

How is your week going? Good, I hope. I know some of you are writers, but all of you are humans so I have a question: What do you when sadness falls on you like a frozen woolen blanket? How do you keep going? Four years ago I wrote half of an epic, the Chronicles … Continue reading

History: But what were the regular people up to?

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be a regular person, say, when the Roman Empire fell? I do, because all empires fall-100%-and so the American Empire will fall, too. How is it to be a regular person during those changing times? As far as I can tell, regular people were … Continue reading

Attack, Slaughter and Enslave: Gimme That Old Time Religion?

To understand the cultural forces propelling ISIS, analysts turn to the 18th century and the rise of Wahhabism. Unfortunately for Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, who wanted to reform Islam without violence, his movement was taken up for political reasons by Muhammad Ibn Saud, who, like any self-respecting desert chieftain, sought to take over as much of … Continue reading

A Crab Who Dresses Up-How Cool is That?

“What do you want for Mother’s Day?” (Is it that time already? Think fast! They’re going to grant your request) “Pizza at the park so I can play with the grand kids.” “What else?” (Think fast!…no, what else could I possibly want) So pizza at the park it was and it was a blast, because … Continue reading

So I was doing my impression of a bacteria…

How is your week going? Good I hope! I’m writing a book on the history of religious ideas from the Stone Age until today and its going as slow as a stoned tortoise. Yesterday my grown daughter, Mica, woke me up: I have to go to the hospital. Wha? I have to go to the … Continue reading

How to fight racism and help some poor kids

I never do this-but here goes! I know this non-profit that has been quietly working in this city since 2000. Having started a couple of non-profits and directed a couple more, I know a good one (and a bad one) when I see it. This is a good one! Maybe too good? I kind of … Continue reading

I Think the Poets Must Save Us

I just finished 6 Tshirts-caricatures for a group of students going to see the Avengers tonight. For free, of course, in keeping with my determination to remain a starving artist. Just simple paintings on Tshirts-and they were so tickled it made my day. While I painted they played 70s songs to encourage me. After awhile … Continue reading