How to Argue

Frustrated by the ever-more-extreme level of division and discussion?  Also frustrated by the lack of enough tea in your life? Me too. So here’s some guidelines to restore sanity: First check yourself: are you at all open to new information? No, I know I’m right: […]

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A Gaijin in Tokyo

Recently I had the opportunity (requirement) to travel to three countries in five days for work. Seoul, then Shanghai, then Tokyo were our stops. It was a bit rushed. However, after we were done with business meetings in Tokyo, I had one full day to […]

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A Week in the Desert

In retrospect, I was not prepared. To recap how I got here: I tried all year to get tickets to Burning Man. Didn’t work. Gave up hope. Through random chance (and kindness) I managed to meet a group of people heading to Burning Man. I […]

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Preburn

I tried all year to get tickets. I was unsuccessful at every stage. Preregistered, exchange program, last chance sale, somehow I lost out on all of them. I had set this year as the year I would finally go to burning man. Fruit Cup and […]

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The Monster Under The Bed is Nothing.

I’ve never been particularly brave. While I idolized the heroics of the X-men in comics as a young lad, and the chivalry and gallantry of King Arthur and his knights who preferred their tables to be generally round, my own actions and emotions ran on […]

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So an assault rifle walks into a bar…

My friend Wyswords just wrote a good blog post about “Open Carry Firearms“.  Thought provoking and worth a read. The debate of guns = good / bad is quite philosophical and fraught with pitfalls.  I’m not debating that here.  As Wyswords points out; guns are […]

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Short Story #4: House on Rhum Street

  I thought the Man and Woman haunted the house on Rhum Street. I was very wrong. It’s hard to remember when I first noticed them. After a time I got the sense they were always there, just fading in and out, like poor reception […]

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A broken wing

Short story number three from a list of  30+ story ideas pulled from a friend’s crowd-sourced plea for quick plot summaries.  This has turned out to be a super fun exercise where I get to try out all kinds of different genre’s and writing styles.  Hopefully […]

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The morning walk

The alarm buzzed and my eyes popped open. Saturday. I should be sleeping in, but I had forgotten to disable my phone’s alarm. Fumbling for it, I silenced the buzzing in time to cling to the last threads of sleep and began to relax back […]

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Mirror Mirror

   Short story time!  A friend on Facebook asked for people to submit short story beginnings as inspiration, and I think this is a marvelous impetus to do some writing.  I’ll be working my way through a list that is over 30 long, trying to write something for each […]

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