The cliche is that pets allow us - and especially children - to learn about empathy, about responsibility, and then about dealing with death. If you adopt a senior dog, this is especially true; from day one, you're potentially dealing with dental surgery, joint problems, and behavioral issues that are at that point so ingrained … Continue reading On Old Ladies
Change is inevitable, if only we stop to notice.
I'm a compulsive list writer. I write lists for everything - favorite books and movies, obviously. But lists of bad movies too. And a timeline of my life (under construction...my memory is really working against me there...). I have a shitlist, so I can remember the names of the truly terrible people in this world. … Continue reading A Few of My Favorite Things
Coincidentally, these are the two diets I'm considering for this year.
When you’ve sat through enough creative-writing seminars, read enough how-to-write books, and listened to enough lectures, it becomes very clear that we can all agree on one thing: the “realism” of stories isn’t the same thing as real life – and it wasn’t meant to be. When we compliment a writer for their “realistic” dialogue, … Continue reading On Dunkirk
We found where they nested for the night. We put stakes through their hearts and doused them with holy water.
There’s a list going around on the internet about signs of growing fascism. I mention this here because, well, I have concerns about an especially popular children’s movie. I’m not saying that the movie is fascist; I’m just saying that it’s a movie that fascists could certainly get behind. The basic plot of this movie goes … Continue reading On Wondering What’s Wrong with Certain Superhero Movies
Does this seem like bragging to you?
November 12, 2018, and Austin suddenly got very cold. I mean, not Arctic cold. Not even Edinburgh-at-Xmas cold. But for Austin, the cold is not a matter of absolute number; it’s more to do with the difficulty I seem to have in adapting to the change in temperature. So, not cold-cold…it’s more that it is … Continue reading On Being Cold