The Man of Orange and Mad-Eye

Being the Canadian that I am, please allow me to apologize in advance for this. I wanted this to be funny, but I simply cannot do it. Been awhile since I’ve discussed politics ‘round these here parts, but there have been some things going on lately that have my blood boiling. The problem is figuring out where to start. I know, I know; Julie Andrews says we should start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. How do you solve a problem like oppression? I've been sharing a lot of Facebook and Twitter posts about what has been reported in the news lately, and I've gotten some flack about it. Those that would have us keep our heads down and claim any news against their leaders is "hatred" say we should stop it and let [Read more...]

Anticipation of Belief

press play... [youtube=https://youtu.be/ABSXJiYQFuI] Hi there. Welcome to the grand re-opening of my website. I've been away for awhile working on my novels, but time to kick this door back down. In the words of one Khan Noonien Singh during Star Trek Into Darkness, "Shall we begin?" There is a line in Elton's song above that caught my ear this evening. Those who think difference is the child of disease... The song is called "Believe" and is more than 20 years old now. Tonight was the first time I found that line and it just screamed out to me. I'd never thought about it that way, but it makes so much sense. This human experience has hypocrisy on levels most of us cannot even fathom. The Alphas talk of the road less [Read more...]

A Blogiversay in Orange

Press play... [youtube=https://youtu.be/tdSnsVwbTcM] This week marks my fifth blogiversay and this piece was to be my normal call out to friends, other writers, and thanks to my readers. This had been a disturbing enough week, that I can't do that. From a week where many of us expected the outcome was going to go one way, it was turned on its ear Tuesday at about 10pm Eastern Time. Hearing the reports out of the United States since then, I am now afraid to travel there. I am going to the Space Coast Book Lovers event in June, but even that I am nervous about. One particular Facebook post I shared got push back from some saying what is happening this week is not the fault of the racist, misogynistic, sexist candidate that won [Read more...]

A Baseball Gender Question

As I begin writing this post, I am sitting in a pub watching a baseball game. Indeed, I'd rather watch the snow melt, but I have time to kill while my kids are at a rehearsal, so here I am. One of the broadcasters just mentioned what a shame it is that the tradition of baseball is not being passed on by parents to the younger set. That's right. It's our fault that the younglings have no love of the diamond, the struggle of hitter v. batter, chewing tobacco, and steroids. Soon all will be forgotten. I have one question. Why should we? OBJECTION!!! Yes, this is a sex positive post, your honor. If the court allows me some leeway, I suspect my reasoning for this will be clear. I promise, your honor, at no time will I refer to the [Read more...]

It’s Mani-pedi Time…and the Wereplatypusses!

Okay...sing it with me now. Remember, we do this to the old Howdy Doody tune... ...and a one ...and a two It's mani-pedi time...it's mani-pedi time... Rather than subject you all to another live-tweeting of the event, I thought we'd be different this time as I offer a stream of consciousness piece that is due to empty into the river of dreams right before my train of thought crashes into them. Besides, there is nothing like the thoughts of a six-foot Irishman kicking a petite Asian woman across the room when she tickles him accidentally. As Mrs. Stranded keeps reminding me, it is a good thing I'm not ticklish. Of course, mani-pedies are much more important now...Seeing as Canada now has a rock star as prime minister, we have to keep [Read more...]