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...
"In the Language of My Former People"
Essay published at Full Grown People, May 17, 2018
Can you ever really divorce the parts of yourself that you don't want? Can you pick and choose what you're made of?
February 5, 2019 Daily Tar Heel article
"We're pissing away things that have real intrinsic value for things that don't. I am tired of it."
Essay published at Medium, January 21, 2019
Deepest love and gratitude, Mary Oliver, for the bright star that you were, for how thoroughly you lived, and for all that you left us.
Essay published at Main Street Plaza, December 31, 2018
Greed has become the ruling principle of our society. The antidote to greed is connection.
Once upon a time, I used to be a blogger.
Past event: Curated Open Mic, West End Poetry Festival, October 19, 2017