Utter Depravity

March 27th, 2018 → 6:43 am

“Murder most foul.” – Hamlet

I don’t know why, but I was shocked to read about the murder of an 85 year old Holocaust survivor in France yesterday.  To have survived the Holocaust, and all its barbarity, to then be stabbed 11 times and lit on fire in your old age?  Wow.  And some say anti-Semitism isn’t a concern.  Just, wow.

Filed under: Blog & Stupid/Evil People

March for Our Lives

March 25th, 2018 → 6:24 am

“Prevent it, resist it, let it not be so.”  – Richard II

I am so proud of our youth today.  They are strong, they are intelligent, and they are not giving up.  They are exactly what this country needs.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

My Son

March 19th, 2018 → 5:22 am

    “He wears the rose
    of youth upon him.” – Antony and Cleopatra

I took my seven year old son to college yesterday.  We just needed to stop by my office so I could get something I’d left behind, but my son entered one of the empty classrooms and began strutting in front of the chalkboard, imitating his elementary school teacher.  “Who can tell me the difference between NON-fiction and fiction?  Anyone?”  We played teacher for over an hour.  It was so adorable.  Maybe my son will go into education himself one day!

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Pi Day

March 14th, 2018 → 5:43 am

    “I must have saffron to colour the warden pies; mace; dates, none–
    that’s out of my note; nutmegs, seven; a race or two of ginger, but that
    I may beg; four pound of prunes, and as many of raisins o’th’ sun.” – Winter’s Tale

Happy Pi Day!  It’s difficult to find Shakespeare quotes about math, so I decided to go with literal pies.  A pie a day is about as good as pi every day.

Filed under: Blog & Other

Stoneman Douglas Student Activists

February 28th, 2018 → 5:40 am

King Lear:  “So young and so untender?”

Cordelia:  “So young, my lord, and true.”  – King Lear

A year into the Trump presidency I still find it hard to read the newspaper and follow the latest political shenanigans.  But the recent activism of the Stoneman Douglas surviving students is giving me hope.  Untender, in your face, and speaking the truth.  That’s exactly what this country needs.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Writing & Editing, Editing & Writing

February 18th, 2018 → 6:27 am

“A sentence is but a cheveril glove to a good wit.” – Twelfth Night

I’m busy waking early every morning, editing draft 5 of my latest novel.  I just reworked the opening scene to one of the middle chapters.  It feels good, I think things flows better now.  But crafting the perfect sentence is hard!  I can agonize over it for hours!  Writing is most definitely an art.  As difficult and messy as I imagine working cheveril was for Shakespeare’s father.  But when done right, a sentence’s beauty can take your breath away.

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art

Westward Ho!

February 12th, 2018 → 6:46 am

    “Then westward ho!
    Grace and good disposition attend your ladyship!” – Twelfth Night

‘Westward ho!’ was the cry of Thames watermen to attract westward bound passengers from London to Westminster.  The phrase sounds so American to me, however.  Westward ho, young man!  Go West and make something of yourself!

I am not headed out West today, but I did finally return to my latest novel.  Opened the dust-caked notes and began the long awaited edit of Draft #5.  I purposely give myself space between drafts so as to let the material appear fresh again, but sometimes it’s hard.  I’ve been wanting to get back to this for weeks now.  I’m so excited!!

Filed under: Blog & Other & Self/My Life

Black History Month

February 3rd, 2018 → 5:01 am

“There is a history in all men’s lives…” – Henry IV, Part II

And this month we celebrate Black History, in the U.S. at least.  Did you know that some countries celebrate it in October?  I didn’t.  Let’s all learn something new this month, and not be as ignorant as the Trumps.

Filed under: Blog & Other

Giving Love

January 27th, 2018 → 6:45 am

“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.” – Twelfth Night

The chocolate is on all the shelves and reminders that Valentine’s Day is coming up are everywhere.  It’s making me contemplate the nature of the love in my life.  We all love differently; we certainly all express it differently.  God help us sometimes, for loving too much.

Filed under: Blog & Other

What Proof Words?

January 19th, 2018 → 6:54 am

“Words are grown so false I am loath to prove reason with them.” – Twelfth Night

You can’t trust what anyone (politicians especially) says anymore.

I mourn the loss of honest words…

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians