Essays and News
We can’t go on like this.
No matter what popped into your head as the antecedent of “this,” you know it’s true. We are on a projectile thrusted toward inevitable and permanent change of almost every aspect of pre-pandemic life. And we by our everyday actions are all contributing to the trajectory this change takes. We can do this in one of two ways: as conscious authors of a better world, or as unwitting actors in someone else’s vision.
And if you think replacing a certain orange occupant of the White House with decent and reasonable Joe Biden is all the effort we need contribute toward avoiding catastrophe, I regret to inform you that this is evidence that you’ve fallen prey to one or more indoctrination apparatuses, meant to lull you into blind participation in someone else’s design.
I know a little about being indoctrinated, and about unknowingly taking part in someone else’s design. I was raised Mormon in a tiny town along the Arizona-Utah border. My parents were Limbaugh-listening small business owners, proud and individualistic “by our bootstraps” believers in capitalism. So fierce was my mother’s insistence that we not depend on the government, that although we lived below the poverty line and qualified for food stamps, we never app...
February 5, 2019 Daily Tar Heel article
Essay published at Medium, January 21, 2019
Essay published at Main Street Plaza, December 31, 2018
Once upon a time, I used to be a blogger.
Past event: Curated Open Mic, West End Poetry Festival, October 19, 2017