1. How Did This Happen?

    How did this happen? People will ask. And I don't just mean liberals. Conservatives seem rather baffled, too. Let's start with something we can all agree on now: Polls are bullshit. Clearly you can't take them to the bank. You can't even reasonably expect they reflect reality. Maybe that's because…

    on Politics

  2. Sour Grapes and Bittersweet Revenge

    This is so freaking weird that I kind of agree with Glenn Beck, who says: I am firmly against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as potential presidents of the United States of America. I believe that neither candidate has the values, decency or principles to be the leader of…

    on Politics

  3. Being Vegan: What's This All About For You, Anyway?

    In a previous post, I mentioned how I'd started my vegan journey. Recently on Facebook I shared a video provided by a group called Mercy for Animals. My girlfriend had reacted to it, and I thought it was such a powerful video I decided to share it. Then after being…

    on vegan

  4. From Omni to Vegan: Why?

    I've always been a hippie, inclined to favor the least harm possible, and policies that maximize the good for everyone. But I never really applied that principle equally everywhere in my life. You'd have never pegged me to ever go vegetarian, much less go vegan. My love for meat and…

    on vegan environment thoughts

  5. Not My Candidate: Why Hillary Clinton Won't Have My Vote

    I, uh, question your commitment to socialism if you won't support the woman who originally proposed universal healthcare over Trump.— Jackie M. (@loonunit) May 5, 2016 Well you know what, buddy? It's not my job to support your candidate. That's your job. I support Bernie Sanders. Bernie…

    on Politics BernieOrBust

  6. The Road From Despair

    I was just there, in Despair. Maybe you've been there, too. Maybe you stopped or grew Roots In the soles of your boots The desire to care So rare in Despair. Met someone there in Despair. Thought there was love about Thought she knew a way out But She was…

    on Poetry

  7. What Lives Matter?

    Facebook really sucks sometimes. Now I'm not a BeyoncĂ© fan. I don't own her albums, and in general I have little interest in her at all. But the implications in this stupid graphic are stunning. Let's break them down: She demanded a police escort to the Super Bowl. She performed…

    on police brutality Politics Race

  8. Heartbreak in Paris

    The world feels very different, depending upon who you are, and what you believe. For some, who believe in joy, and life, and happiness, this world is a gift, and our lives upon it are our contribution to the celebration of life. For others, who live in pain and desperation,…

    on Politics Terrorism

  9. The Dreaded Mary Sue: How Not To Write Like a Teenager

    What is a Mary Sue? When I started writing more seriously I heard this term bandied about, but did not know what it meant. Turns out it's one of those things that you probably recognize it when you see it, you just didn't know there was a term for it.…

    on Writing

  10. Flat Rowan

    What is this, you say? It's my son's beautiful and inspiring self-portrait, of a very flat Rowan. Also, possibly, your new travel buddy. The children will be creating their own flat people. These people will be able to travel around the United States or the world. They will arrive in…