Freedom & the Limitations of Democracy

There seems, in these latter days, a growing sense that democracy as it’s currently being peddled can neither account for nor provide the freedom it promises.  How free, really, are our elections?  Do delegates truly consider the popular vote?  Are WWE music and strobe lights the best way to introduce candidates for the land’s highest…

Truth & the Common Sense(less) Media

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read more fiction.  That said, I’ve decided to read the fiction found in novels more and the fiction found in the news less. Here’s why: it used to be that a reader of news — whether peruser or connoisseur — could come to expect, at minimum, the following:…


So, I’ve been working on three pretty meaty blog posts these past few days (I know, I know, finish a thing before you start another thing, I know)…but I’ve come to the conclusion that all of them are too sobering to tackle in these final, lingering, hushed moments, as we await those first glimpses of…

Why I Don’t Blog Much/More/Enough

Yesterday, surveying my folder of half-written blog posts, I counted eleven. Eleven posts I started but never finished; eleven incomplete thoughts marked by more than one set of ellipses, meandering musings, and a few poetic, pithy and remarkably pathetic one liners, with one or two angry rants mixed in, and many of a time-sensitive nature…

365(ish) Days of Wedded Bliss

My dear wife and I just celebrated our 1st anniversary: 365 days of wedded bless (as my mother would say…who herself has shared 13,870 days with my old man).  And while I’m the first to admit that the whole “List” phenomenon has become a pervasive and sometimes trite social media trend, and that there are…

Spidey Edie: Sidekick to the Saints

Whatever your interest in The Avengers, Batman vs. Superman, the Fantastic Four, I can say without hesitation that my daughter is a genuine superhero(ine).  Her supernatural endowments include the following abilities: — Ability to suspend and animate all four appendages off the ground simultaneously and indefinitely. — Ability to fall asleep in less than two…