The future I still dream

When I was in fourth grade, way back in 1987, My family and I took a trip to Florida. While there, we visited Kennedy Space Center. We always stopped and checked out sites of historical significance while traveling, and I was absolutely thrilled to finally be visiting this one, which I’d read so much about. I was really into space. Most likely this was sparked … Continue reading The future I still dream

I’m going to kill 2021

2019 knocked me down hard. 2020 knocked me down harder, and kicked me while I was down. Yeah, I know, it knocked everyone down and I’m not special in that regard–don’t claim to be, but this is my website, so… 2021 is a big, ugly fire-breathing dragon eyeing me from beyond the chasm of winter, waiting with baited, smoky breath to greet me when I … Continue reading I’m going to kill 2021

Life lessons from Star Trek

In the Star Trek episode Day of the Dove, the crew of the Enterprise is pitted in mortal combat against the crew of a Klingon ship by a mysterious parasitic entity that feeds on hatred. The entity takes away their phasers and disrupters, providing them instead with swords, ensuring maximum negative energy. It resuscitates the dead so they can get right back up and continue … Continue reading Life lessons from Star Trek

Relating to characters?

Occasionally, someone who has read my book The Act of Laughing will track me down on Facebook and tell me how much they related to one of the characters. It’s never the two with redeeming qualities, either. It’s always Evan. Evan is a snarky, lazy comic book artist with a massive ego and a strong sense of entitlement. He’s an atheist, and is an asshole … Continue reading Relating to characters?

Exclusive pics: Allegheny Airlines Flight 853

A set of photographs from the tragic collision of two aircraft in 1969 near Fairland, Indiana have sat in my dad’s file cabinet in the garage throughout my entire life. I was always fascinated by them when I was a kid, and I’d occasionally show them to friends when they came over. “My dad has a picture of a severed foot.” “Nuh uh.” “Come on, … Continue reading Exclusive pics: Allegheny Airlines Flight 853

Which quote is correct?

A) “The pen is mightier than the sword.” B) “Talk mins action equals zero.” My answer is A. Action on the part of the speaker is not required in order to effect change. Talk is everything. Words are everything. Words can alter the beliefs and of the masses, which translates to action. Words are the impetus behind all action, in fact. Words can either instill … Continue reading Which quote is correct?

Business as usual

I went outside today and the birds were still singing. The squirrels were still chasing each other from tree limb to tree limb, rooftop to rooftop. The warm, fresh smells of spring drifted on a gentle breeze throughout the neighborhood, like apple pies cooling on a windowsill. And then I encountered people. Oh, right. Somebody must’ve forgotten to give us the memo stating that it’s … Continue reading Business as usual