They all met in a cliché

Posted on May 31, 2012 by

It’s difficult to describe just how proud I am of my kid for finishing his first novel. It’s off to be professionally edited soon. Short blog entry today, because I want to send you over to Khalil’s interbloggy thing to read his sample chapter. If you’ve ever been into roleplaying, satire, Lord of the Rings, Read More

Over the next few months I’ll be writing a series of posts about one of my favorite subjects: making the world a better place. I’m currently working with my editor on final edits of Saving the World on $30 a Day: An Activist’s Guide to Starting, Organizing and Running a Non-Profit Organization, which will, Read More

Getting very close to finished with Episode 3.  I wanted to post a short teaser, a phone conversation between Bob Mays, the mayor of Whitesville, and his brother in law Joe Blankenship. Feedback is welcome! Please comment. ================ The phone interrupted Bob Mays’s concentration. He sighed, and set the impossible town budget to the, Read More

Girl with gun to head

  The other night, I took my son to an information session at the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell, Georgia.  We took Georgia 400 up to Holcomb Bridge Road, where we passed the apartments where I’d lived with my parents from 1980 to 1982 or so.  As we turned on to Holcomb Bridge, I looked, Read More

[EDIT! It’s out now, follow the link] Okay, so according to my site stats, four separate people googled this question yesterday.  So here’s the answer: I’m ninety percent through episode 3, doing a few final scenes right now. I expect to have it complete by the end of may, and in the hands of, Read More

Amirah with a broken finger

My last post, about racism and confronting it within ourselves, generated a lot of argument here on the blog as well as amongst my Facebook friends. This one is not so heavy. I want to write about some of the awesome and amazing things I’ve learned from my two little monsters. So here goes:, Read More

Khalil and Amirah

Race in America. Black and white. Christians and Muslims. Gays and straights. Rich and poor. We live in a society where we draw dividing lines based on all manner of arbitrary classifications. For most average middle class whites, we probably don’t even think about it at all, until suddenly something hits us in the, Read More

I mentioned in a blog post a couple weeks ago (about being a teenager in love) that I’ve been reading quite a bit of young adult fiction recently. I started initially because I was having a great deal of trouble getting into the heads of two of the characters in Insurgent. In the end,, Read More

Brief break

Posted on May 11, 2012 by

Taking a couple days off from blogging! I’ll be back. In the meantime, here’s one of my great and awesome kids, Amirah! She just got level 1 awards for solos in band tonight. Very proud (you can see she is too). I love my kids!

US Capitol

We all do it. Or at least I do occasionally.  That funny thing about the “other” party shows up on Facebook and we pass it along. Whatever you think of Congress, it’s a fact that at one time there was a significant middle in Congress that worked together to get stuff done.  Increasingly though,, Read More

Destroyed truck near Basra, Iraq

“I’ll tell you the truth, Sheriff. We charged across Iraq and killed everything in our goddamn path, we left a trail of burning vehicles and broken bodies hundreds of miles long. If it moved, then it was the enemy, and we killed our fair share of civilians too. And you people sat back here, Read More

Reconnecting with old friends

Posted on May 7, 2012 by

Picture of friends

Do you use Facebook? When I first got online, it was the very early nineties. I had a dial up unix shell account through Georgia State University, and later on an account with Delphi (both of these were text based only, because, well, MS-DOS).  When I wanted to write a friend, I got out, Read More