I attended college with an Iraqi named Ibrahim who was a couple of years older than I was. He had a metal plate in his head from injuries sustained in the Iran-Iraq War. He was a friendly guy whose name was easy to remember because he resembled American president Abraham Lincoln. Seriously. Summon an image […]Read more "Why We Hate Each Other (or, a brief digression about why I think “Imagine” is a pretty neat song)"
There’s a scene in an episode of Seinfeld in which a woman cheers on hundreds of marathon runners by shouting, “You’re all winners!” A few years ago, I wrote a rather short essay that still managed to wander off-topic in spite of its brevity entitled “Everyone is a Writer.” No exclamation point, but it might […]Read more "But, I Digress . . .: a brief digression about the massive size of the internet and why you shouldn’t feel bad for calling yourself a writer."
“Millennials may know more about my iPhone than I do, but very few of them have been taught how to properly address an envelope.” I’m a window clerk for the US Postal Service, and I’ve actually said the above sentence before. Out loud. Where people could hear me. I usually get a chorus of agreement […]Read more "Generation X (Or: a brief digression about putting people in boxes and calling them names)"
My wife and I were in self-imposed exile from the rest of humanity for thirteen months. My wife has MS. Hers is the relapsing-remitting type, just like President Jed Bartlett had on The West Wing. Some of the medication she takes weakens her already compromised immune system. A doctor in Little Rock, Arkansas, told me—way […]Read more "The New Normal: Or, Back to Reality (Oops, There Goes Gravity)"
For me, science fiction—as a fiction genre—is speculative fiction about the possible. By comparison, fantasy—which is science fiction’s close cousin—is speculative fiction about the impossible. A proverbial fine line exists between the two genres, a line which often gets crossed. So often, in fact, that we see both genres lumped together under the SFF banner, […]Read more "Escape (Not the Piña Colada Song): musings on escapist fiction and people who don’t like the taste of chocolate"
Most days, when I wake up, I know what I’m going to do. I’m usually wrong, of course, because—well, you know, life intervenes. But, during the pandemic, each day became pretty much like the one which preceded it. Here’s my usual routine. I wake up when the sunlight pouring through my west-facing bedroom windows becomes […]Read more "The Top Keeps Spinning (Or: How Do I Get There, You Liar?!?: a brief digression about philosophy and logic and the importance of morning routines)"
In no way do I intend to trivialize the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the globe this year. We’ve experienced 70 million worldwide cases and an estimated 1.6 million deaths so far. The biggest tragedy of my lifetime, and one that will be mostly forgotten by future generations, or ignored, just […]Read more "Collateral Damage from the 2020 Pandemic (Armageddon Rant #2)"
Back on January 1, 2020, which seems a lot longer ago than it should, I published a post titled An Argument Against Binge-Watching (Happy New Year!) in which I outlined the reasons I prefer not to binge-watch television or streaming series. I stand by those reasons. The Macmillan Dictionary blog defines binge-watching as the “now […]Read more "An Argument in Favor of Binge-Watching (crawfishing on an earlier statement)"
My wife Sharon and I have been in self-isolation since March 22, 2020. That’s six months now. If I’ve failed to mention this before, Sharon has a relapsing-remitting course of MS (just like Josiah Bartlet on The West Wing). MS is an autoimmune disease, and Sharon is on medication that further compromises her immune system. […]Read more "We Interrupt Your Regular Program with an Armageddon Rant"
This post began as a 250-word digression in the middle of one of my reviews of a classic Trek episode. I’ve come to understand how my brain works over the years. It is easily distracted by things it associates with other things. Sometimes I can ignore this free association—this tangential thinking—if I am sufficiently caffeinated […]Read more "Space Is Big (a brief digression about warp drives and similar fictional constructs)"