Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Artist, The Junior Farmer, and The Eagle

An Idea is an egg.
There are many kinds of eggs.
They come in many colors.
They come in many sizes.
Some eggs are very small.
Some eggs are really big.
Sometimes, very small eggs can have really a big impact.
Sometimes, really big eggs can have a very small impact.
Big or small, eggs are great things.
The word great has more than one meaning.
Eggs are great, but not all eggs are great.
Some eggs are made great.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I Wrote a Story

I wrote.
I wrote a story.
I entered.
I entered a different world
I watched.
I watched it unfold.

They uttered.
They uttered surprising things.
They made.
They made their own choices.
They lived.
They lived until the words were done.

I made.
I made minor repairs.
I introduced.
I introduced some color.
I straightened.
I straightened the furniture.

Who wrote?
Who wrote the story?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Book Review

I reviewed another book. Eric Sipple, who contributed a short story to the last book I reviewed has written a novel called Broken Magic. Check it out!

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Highs and Lows of Human Potential

When a person makes the decision to take so many lives - as happened in Aurora Colorado early Friday morning - it can lead to many questions that no amount of evidence collection, witness interviews, or the inevitable and seemingly unending media attention can answer.
Of course, there have been many devastating examples of senseless violence in recent US history. The 9/11 attacks, acts of arson, and bombings such as occurred in Oklahoma City are just a few examples. The effect of these events is difficult to overstate. No discussion of other tragedies can or should be allowed to diminish the horror of these events in anyone’s mind.

Finding recent examples of murder on a grand scale is made easier by the fact that three-quarters of the deadliest mass murders in the United States have occurred since 1980. And while mass murder comes in many forms, most of these deadliest acts involved firearms as the exclusive or primary weapon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Book Review

I haven't reviewed any books on this site, but I could start. Read my review of Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate change by clicking on the title. Leave a comment below to tell me how I did and I will be grateful and maybe even try this again.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Curse You, Binomial Nomenclature

Bear with me here, because I need to talk about flowers for a minute. With apologies to flora-lovers - the mother of my children, chief and foremost - I must apologize for the next couple of sentences. Often, my reaction to flowers is, "Yeah, you're right. That is kinda' pretty." Being olfactorily impaired - I'm capable of smelling, just not with my nose - flowers don't always capture my attention. That being the case, I'm learning to appreciate them.

Yesterday, I helped drive my daughter's class on a field trip to the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (No, I was not in Buenos Aires.) for a great hike on a fairly easy trail. When I saw this flower.

Pretty, huh?

I remembered the effect that the same flower had on me about this time last year when I saw it on the grounds of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The BANWR park employee said that the flower was named prickly poppy or cowboy egg. Another called it fried-egg flower, but I remembered the name being something different, maybe australian, having made some cursory research the previous year. See! It really made an impression on me, and I couldn't find a sign with the name on it. Anyway, somewhere along the hike, one of the park employees asked if the students knew anything about binomial nomenclature. I joked that since they are taking Latin, they are learning nomenclature and working their way up to binomials.