Would you rather be safe or free?

(It’s funny what 22 years can do to something you wrote. This chapter, incorporating two newspaper columns I wrote back in the day, may be the most chilling bit in my book Refuse to be Afraid.) Would you rather be safe or free? It’s been the central question in the United States of America forContinue reading “Would you rather be safe or free?”

Maybe the squirrel is not the problem

I started to write something along the lines of “Quit whining about everything that’s wrong with the world and set your mind free,” and I caught myself up short. Who am I, after all, to tell other people how to live their lives? When I’m thinking straight, I refuse to “tell” other people how toContinue reading “Maybe the squirrel is not the problem”

How terrible are these creatures

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, 8:10 a.m. Instead of writing first thing, it is two hours since I woke. I’ve done the morning crossword, lathered up some outrage — Biden bombed the Middle East, meet the new boss same as the old boss what a surprise can you hear my sarcasm — fed the dogs andContinue reading “How terrible are these creatures”

Freedom and the things of state

This is the final entry in my latest journal, covering mid-September to the end of January. It’s been a tumultuous fall and winter “out there.” The bolshevik revolution is in full swing, and who knows how much longer I’ll be able to write and speak my mind? At least as long as people manufacture booksContinue reading “Freedom and the things of state”