And on the first day

One dog licked her back paw, the other chewed a bone. The washing machine whirred from the next room. It was the first day of the rest of his life. He scoffed under his breath. “Cliche much?” he muttered. But it was true. He had awakened very much aware of his mortality. His neck ached.Continue reading “And on the first day”

Would you rather be safe or free?

From the archives: I wrote this in 1999, not long after the infamous shootings at Columbine High School. I really can’t add anything 24 years later. Would you rather be safe or free? Those are the choices, you know. There are ways you can try to protect yourself and your children from the possibility thatContinue reading “Would you rather be safe or free?”

Fine smoke and grand mirrors

At some point you either succumb to hopelessness or you stamp your foot, shake your head and your booty, and cry, “Enough!” A person gets tired of felling tired and worn down by the various and sundry injustices of the world. Tyrants petty and large loom over the landscape wreaking sundry havoc, life in generalContinue reading “Fine smoke and grand mirrors”

The transporter chair

I sat down in my chair, and suddenly I was in a small town in Massachusetts, where a woman was being humiliated for the crime of adultery. It was evident that she was guilty, because her husband had been away for some years and yet here she was, carrying a newborn baby. I leaned backContinue reading “The transporter chair”

7 things I’ve learned along the way 

Seven things I’ve learned along the way to posting 1,000 consecutive daily blog posts, of which, in case you were not counting, this is the 1,000th: 1. I can do it, one day at a time. 2. A person tends to repeat herself from time to time over 1,000 days, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. 3.Continue reading “7 things I’ve learned along the way “

Do we need Rules of AI?

I’ve flirted a little bit with the ChatGPT and Midjourney artificial intelligence websites to see how these new tools work, with mixed success. They are interesting, and I can see how they can augment the creative process. Of course, alarmists are concerned that they could replace the human aspect of the creative process altogether. TheContinue reading “Do we need Rules of AI?”

World seeking

Through the years and many generations, little girls and boys have sensed there is a magical land over some rainbow where dreams come true and happily ever after is real. The question has always been: How do we get there? Where do we find it? Why are unicorns and mermaids and wondrous kingdoms where buffaloContinue reading “World seeking”

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