It’s been almost exactly 8 months since my last blog post. Instead of adapting the course materials I was teaching last semester to blog posts, I ended up writing a chapter of my dissertation. This turned out to be very good for me since it guaranteed my funding for this semester. I’ll let you in […]Read More Diversity in a Liberal Democracy -Friend or Foe?
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. There’s a good reason for that. I’ll get to it shortly. Before I do, however, I want to revisit the purpose for which I started blogging. What I say in the “about” section is accurate, but I think the picture I have in mind is larger […]Read More Label: Just Add Serotonin
You think that what you have to offer is a wound. Or, perhaps it’s a scar. What is depends on your location in a story. But maybe what you have and give is just yourself, with this or that feature. The possibilities are alarming. ***** You just wanted attention. Well, you got it. Maybe. It […]Read More Minutiae: Six Short Stories
When I lived in Denver I took a part time job working at a fine arts gallery. It was a large gallery that carried a variety of art forms. We had paintings, sculptures, mixed media pieces and even a small section with local folk art. When I was alone in the gallery I’d run my […]Read More Part II: Abstracta
With the exception of a few, short-term roommate situations over the years, I’ve always lived alone. I am sure it’s partly due to personality—as gregarious as I am in public, I’m essentially an introvert—but it also has to do with having control over the aesthetic quality of my space. Over the years it’s become obvious […]Read More Mini Post: Living Architecture
Talking about loss is never easy. When losing takes the form of a very long untangling you become good at forgetting. And when you allow yourself to remember, everything starts to ache all over again. I feel arthritic and bent by time. I’m moving through this terrain slowly. The story I’m carrying is so richly […]Read More Part 1: The Beginning
This week my life is inundated with grading and dissertation writing. I do, however, have a weekly post in mind, but it’s not clear whether I’ll have the time to write it up and post it by Sunday evening. That said, the post has been roiling in my mind for over a week now. I’ve […]Read More Mini Post: Lessons From History For The Less Than Empathetic
So, you’ve come back from the dead. You’re sitting in the back yard in Denver watching evening fall as the late summer breeze eddies in your empty spaces. There are gaps in your body now—things blow right through you like someone tried to put you together without looking at the instructions. The pieces that are […]Read More Anatomy of an Apology
Today has been both disheartening and rewarding. After working until 5:30 this morning, I slept until about 2:30 this afternoon. I habitually check my social media accounts when I first wake up (be it morning or afternoon). The first thing to catch my attention today was a tweet about a recently published article in Slate. Why […]Read More Intellectual Theft as a Form of Dehumanization
I managed to run out of the house this morning without my charging cord. It’s only a matter of time before my iPad fails and I have to go home to work. I think I’ve got enough time to craft a response to a question about what I posted yesterday. Let me elaborate somewhat on […]Read More More Lovin’: You’ve Got Questions, I’ve Got Answers!