The Dance

The question came early. The answer, an answer, came much later….very much later. I was sitting in philosophy class back in the day, just before they invented dirt, as my kids seem to think, supposedly listening to a discussion about the nature of existence. Like any college sophomore I was actually thinking about the blond…

Science as Fiction

I have not been blogging much of late. A new story is emerging and once my part-time muse becomes obsessed with an idea, she seems unable to be distracted by other thoughts. That’s actually fairly productive, and there is nothing so engaging as the freshness of a new story line. All possible endings are still…

So Maybe I’m Molting

You know, like crabs? Every so often they shed their exoskeleton and grow a new shell, a larger, better fitting one I presume. Pretty cool. Seems to me there’s a whole semester of wisdom in this simple natural phenomenon. Because I think we have a shell too. Our shell is the hardened set of beliefs…

Sea Stacks

In the far Northwest, off the coast of the Olympic peninsula, there are a series of Sea Stacks, small islands, isolated bits of land standing tall in the water struggling against the erosion of raging waves. Over thousands of years the surrounding land has succumbed to the relentless pressure. There are days when it seems like…

October Rant

Having fast forwarded through yet another round of negative political attack ads, I was reflecting on this thing we call democracy, the thing we believe is so right for everyone else in the world. Our forefathers came to this new world with hopes and dreams of setting up a society free of the autocracy of…

The Wish

I need some help here. My muse brought me this scene but didn’t hang around for the big finish. So I’m stuck! How should this end?  “Not ready? What do you mean you’re ‘Not ready’?” “Just what I said. You gotta give me a minute. I’m feeling pressured.” “Look, I’m busy and this only comes…

A cool “Badge”

I was recently notified that my novel Lifespan was selected as a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award for its genre. This is an annual literary award presented by the Florida Writers Association. My friend Terri captured it perfectly: awesome! To a writer, joy comes in many forms. The first joy is the writing…

Misdirection

I enjoy movies where the story line takes me places I didn’t expect. The clues are there but the writers use some clever misdirection to send me down a path that turns out to be wrong. Sure, in hindsight I can see that the real facts were there all along, but I followed the misdirection, then…surprise…oh,…

Five-Year Olds Rule the World

Our world has become more and more complicated, I get that. So we naturally turn to authority figures to help us sort it out, like to determine what is healthy or to create policies about what is safe for us and our children. But just when we need that guidance the most it seems we…

Hometowns

This is dedicated to the memory of Joyce Shay Carson who did so much to keep out class connected.       A significant high school reunion is coming up and that got me thinking about hometowns. We all start out someplace. Many of us go away, some returning, some not, but I’ve come to believe that…