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February 23, 2014


I’ve spent about 35  40 years thinking about “things.” I don’t mean thinking about this thing or that thing, but about things in general. What are things? What defines a thing? Things are oddly amorphous. Consider the different kinds of things we’re talking about in these common expressions: “Put that thing over there,” “Singing is […]

Thy deep and dreamless sleep

December 25, 2013


It’s Christmas time so I’m reposting something I wrote a few years ago (and then borrowed for a Christmas editorial for the newspaper last year.) Merry Christmas everyone. “I remember standing in the old church in Windsor…” These were the words with which I intended to begin this post. They refer to a specific moment […]

The sad truth about gun control — it’s irrelevant

July 27, 2012


Recently an online friend, superb writer, and Colorado resident wrote a heartfelt piece about the Aurora theatre massacre (“America Is At Civil War And Returning To The Wild, Wild West Isn’t The Solution“). In it he, quite naturally, examines the case for more gun control. Rather than hijacking his comment thread, I’ve elected to post my […]

Smoking Guns: #2 – Dreams behind the store

April 13, 2012


The second of the Smoking Guns series. While everything else may be explained by stretching the meaning of "coincidence," those damned boxes undermine any conventional explanation.

Smoking Guns: #1 – Night Fog – Possible Conclusion

April 12, 2012


This is the best I've got in the way of an explanation for the events described in "Smoking Guns: #1 - Night Fog." It ain't much, but it's the best I can do.

Smoking Guns: #1 – The Night Fog

April 11, 2012


This is the first "Smoking Gun" incident. It describes an event so unusual, yet so well attested, that it can only stand as evidence that life is not entirely material in its essence.

Smoking Guns: Introduction

April 10, 2012


[Note to visitors from Comics Curmudgeon — despite the title, these posts will have nothing to do with either Judge Parker or Rex Morgan, MD. Sorry about that.] Two incidents in my childhood had truly profound effects upon me. The first was the night Death stood at the foot of my bed. I was about […]

Abortion put simply

March 22, 2012


Introduction [NOTE: This article is also available for download in a relatively attractive, illustrated PDF format: Abortion put simply.] Recently the abortion debate has reared its unattractive head again, largely inspired by the Texan “House Bill 15” requiring pregnant women to undergo a sonogram before having an abortion. Sonograms offer extremely detailed images, making the […]

That’s either here or there

February 24, 2012


Here? There? when exactly does "here" become "there"?

Jargon, power, and trivialization

February 20, 2012


“Thank you for sharing.” When said unironically, this, and similar meta-comments, are ways to remind us who’s in charge. Think about it for a moment. In a group session of some sort, one of the participants tells a personal anecdote revealing an unusual degree of vulnerability. At the end, the group moderator says, “Thank you […]

A really obscure argument

June 19, 2011


Skepth recently posted about Scientology. I left a 500 word comment dealing with cults in general, and the inherent transience of any particular science cult trying to be a religion.  Since it’s the first thing of any length I’ve written for a while, I decided I’d get double use of it by posting it here.  […]

Thy deep and dreamless sleep

December 24, 2010


“I remember standing in the old church in Windsor…” These were the words with which I intended to begin this post. They refer to a specific moment in 1960 or 1961 when I was seven or eight years old. We were attending the Christmas services in All Saints Church, Windsor, and the congregation had just […]