In Praise of Paper Things

I love my Kindle. And I love my iPad even more. In particular, I like Reading Stuff on my little electronic gizmos. I picked up the Kindle habit while doing a job that required three or four trips to China every year, since it’s really difficult to stay under 22 kilos...

Men in Beards

I’m going to go all Thomist—as in Aquinas, not the Tank Engine— this week. Let us therefore turn to the matter of men and facial hair. It may be said that the material cause of beards and mustaches is that they are of the Natural Order of Things, that Nature dictates...

O, Say Can You Sing That High Note?

First order of business this week is some shameless self-promotion. My novel None of Us the Same is now available on Amazon! You should do all your Christmas shopping early right here: https://amzn.to/2qvJSJm. It will be also available though other vendors (e.g.,...

The Secret of Immortality for Mere Mortals

As a cis-gendered male with an X and a Y, I feel somewhat qualified to comment upon How Men View the Cosmos. It’s OK to stop reading now if you disagree. At our most basic, primal, reptilian-basal-ganglia and meta-level, men are motivated in just about every aspect of...

In the Wink of a Young Girl’s Eye

I was driving back from Trader Joe’s with my wife Kay-Kay a few days ago when she popped on the radio, just as a Springsteen song was cranking up. It was “Glory Days.” Ahhh… thanks Bruce. They say the strongest memories are triggered by smells. I’m down with that....

Over Where?

The 6th of April 2017 marked one hundred years since the United States declared war on Imperial Germany and entered the First World War on the side of the Entente Allies. Centenary commemorations have been ongoing for almost three years in Europe, lest we forget that...