Ill

It feels endlessly cowardly that after every mass shooting now the same excuse is pulled out for it - mental illness.  Mental illness has become a catch all bucket to throw all of our old fish in.  Man beats a woman, oh, well, he’s mentally ill.  Woman kills her kids, oh, she’s mentally ill.  Boy… Continue reading Ill

Enough

The day after another mass shooting in the United States means that we’ll have another week of news, another week of one side saying it’s too soon to demand change while the other side demands gun bans, and another week of asking HOW and WHY without even really trying to answer that very question. This… Continue reading Enough

FIRESTARTER (2022) – review

Firestarter is not one of the books most King readers point to as their favorite book of his. It’s also not one of the books that, upon mention, people moan over and gnash their teeth about. For me, I have always loved the book. Seen 100 yards away, it’s interesting that his early work featured… Continue reading FIRESTARTER (2022) – review

Lessons And Lesions

I have said it before, and I will say it again - Covid, among the many things it has been, has been a lesson that the U.S. and world should have been keen to learn but which we still seem unable to comprehend.  We are not ready for the worst.  At all.  In any way. … Continue reading Lessons And Lesions

Ya Get What Ya Get

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and reached out to a friend via text to check to see if he had finished reading the most recent book I finished. He’s always been a sport about reading these alpha books and giving me the vibe from them. Last I had known… Continue reading Ya Get What Ya Get

A Little More Blood, A Little Less Tears

It occurs to me these days that far too many of us have misplaced two of the cornerstones of what makes humans special - compassion and empathy.  This is not to say that animals do not feel those things since they clearly do, but for us humans, our compassion and empathy for a person or… Continue reading A Little More Blood, A Little Less Tears

What Comes Next – blog

So, I write. A lot. I know, you’re shocked. SHOCKED! Since getting off of social media I have written a LOT more. I have the opportunity and I need to write because my head is just full, full, full of things and writing is the best way to get them out of myself. Blogging is… Continue reading What Comes Next – blog

Save Our Schools

           To say I have a love/hate relationship with my city of Flint is to put it mildly. I fiercely love this city and its people and its culture and its resilience. I loathe the bureaucracy that is so rampant here and the way that the leadership never seems able to coordinate or work together… Continue reading Save Our Schools

For Educational Purposes Only- blog

           When I look back at my school days, I can’t say I look back at them fondly. I wasn’t great in Kindergarten, finding myself and what it was like to be in school and around so many kids. I had been in a sort of preschool, but it wasn’t like it is today and… Continue reading For Educational Purposes Only- blog

Validation – blog

           Humans need validation. Whether we like it or not. As isolated as we may make ourselves, we want, we need to be seen. We need to recognize, even if just to see that we want to be alone. Humans are, even today, a social species that needs one another. I know that as much… Continue reading Validation – blog

The Hills We Die On

           I will never tell anyone I am the smartest person in any room I am in. I will never tell anyone I am better than them because odds are really great, I am not. And I am not going to act as if my beliefs should be the standard for what all others believe… Continue reading The Hills We Die On

The Fires That Drive Us

           There are topics that I come to time and again because I feel like we need to hear some things more than once. We need that sort of a mantra that keeps us going. That ‘I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can’ sort of thing that fuels us through… Continue reading The Fires That Drive Us

Just What We Always Wanted

           You get the feeling that this old coal cart is speeding towards broken track? Sure, we might jump the gap and come out on the other side just fine and zoom off into the distance. Or we could tumble over into the abyss, never to be seen again. That feels like where we’re at,… Continue reading Just What We Always Wanted