Worn-Out Wednesday Presents: Coffee, in the Time of COVID19

Yesterday-- I went to the drive-thru at Starbucks. As the barista handed me a cup of hot, black coffee-- The tips of our fingers brushed ever so slightly, for less than half a second. And as I took my first bittersweet sip, I realized-- That was the only human touch, I had felt in nearly … Continue reading Worn-Out Wednesday Presents: Coffee, in the Time of COVID19

Whispering Wednesday Presents: No More Metaphors Required

Where does this poem begin? With a drop of lace, draped gracefully over a gallant wrist-- solicitious fingers brushing an errant lock of golden curls over the delicate curve of an ear most tender pale. . And my mind swirls with such verse as would blush that lily petal red. . Then I-- clasping that … Continue reading Whispering Wednesday Presents: No More Metaphors Required

Wrapping My Head Around “Defund the Police”: A Review of Alex Vitale’s The End of Policing

The Minneapolis City Council recently voted to defund the police in favor of establishing a "holistic public safety force". This move would require an amendment to the city charter, and so requires a city-wide vote. On the face of it, it seems like a pretty extreme move. And a lot of people on both sides … Continue reading Wrapping My Head Around “Defund the Police”: A Review of Alex Vitale’s The End of Policing

LISTEN TO BLACK PEOPLE — A List of YouTube Recommendations

I haven’t been posting much on this platform about the recent protests because for one it’s not very large and for another getting into arguments with strangers on the internet is exhausting and often futile. Additionally, petitions are more effective when the signers are local, and donations are more likely when solicited amongst people who … Continue reading LISTEN TO BLACK PEOPLE — A List of YouTube Recommendations

G. Edwards Asks: Would You Rather Change the World or Change Yourself?

(The following is a continuation of this post) I do not have the hubris to imagine that I should ever be allowed the power to change the world--along what lines? What would give me the right to decide in what ways the world exactly should be changed? Could it be done without impinging upon the volition … Continue reading G. Edwards Asks: Would You Rather Change the World or Change Yourself?

Jennifer Asks: What Genre Do You Think is Not Your Favorite, But You Find Yourself Picking Up Again and Again?

(The following is a continuation of this post) Historical Romance. I don't usually seek out romance novels, but on occasion, I come across them at second hand stores... and somehow end up walking out with them. And when I say historical romance, I mean bad, cheesy, historical romance. I mean full-on gothic, bodice-ripping, cigarette-ads-in-the-middle, 1970s penny-book … Continue reading Jennifer Asks: What Genre Do You Think is Not Your Favorite, But You Find Yourself Picking Up Again and Again?