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And Now the Fallout

It’s rather foolish to stand inside a burning building as it collapses on itself just because…

Where Do You Get Your Facts?

People are entitled to form opinions; it’s what we do. But we have to remember that…

The Requirement of Cultural Literacy

Without broad knowledge and cultural literacy, we can easily fall prey to opinions and conspiracies based…

Preserving Freedom Through Education

Possessing knowledge provides options for greater understanding of our fellow planetary inhabitants and their conditions.

Thoughts As We Make “The Climb”

I’m someone with deeply held political views, but in the seven years of this blog I…

Returning to Social Media (Though Nobody Realized I Was Gone)

Sometime around Labor Day of 2020, I decided to leave social media. Not in a high…

A Changing Climate

The sun is streaming through every window on the south and west of the house, which…

Ghost Lake and Maggie’s New House

 Ghost Lake  is the third book in the Maggie Lyon Mysteries, which follows Murdered Justice  (2017) and…

Remembering a Great Companion

“Then she fretted, ah, she fretted,  But ’ere six months had gone past She had got…

Getting to Know All About You

How are you getting along during this massive planetary cultural shift? We are coming to realize…

Can We Laugh During an Apocalypse?

I know a woman who can’t suppress the uncontrollable urge to snicker during funerals, and several…

I Had a Feeling That I Was Missing Out

Having recently read an account of Puritan life in 17th-century Massachusetts, I have greater respect for…

Ghost Lake: A Preview!

A few years ago I posted a story about a ghostly lake near my house. One…

Finding the Right Motivation to Read

A few years ago I wrote about my unsupervised television viewing as a kid. I watched…

I Resolve to Eat No Kale

2020 is here. I can tell because the diet and fitness ads are everywhere. Until political…

The Loving Season

It’s that season again. I can tell by social media that some of you started decorating…

Sharing a Dark Secret

I’m finally able to talk about it. More than a decade has passed, and even though…

Damaged + Joy

SCHADENFREUDE is one of my favorite words. As a reminder, The American Heritage Dictionary defines schadenfreude…

A Visit in the Night

The full moons of autumn are particularly spooky on those occasions when the mists ascend from…

A Most Unusual Visitor

So there was a bear in the yard. For those who know that I live in…

One More Thing I’ve Been Reading

I grew up in a family of readers, and it’s rare when I’m not in the…

Humanizing Our Character

Which of you has a guilty conscience? Please private message me and give me all the…

The Tragedy of Kleptomania and Other Incidents I Wish to Bring to Your Attention

When it comes to telling stories, I’m more than happy to talk about anyone and everyone,…

Here’s to You, Dr. Kirchfeld

As I’ve mentioned, my blog topics typically come from memories, which seem to trigger more memories.…

Thousand-Word Themes and Other Middle School Horrors

Regular readers know that I use this space from time to time for youthful reminiscences, which…