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As 2013 Comes To A Close, Some Thoughts On Sexuality And Sexual Mores

The following statements remain in contention for many people: • Homosexuality is not a sin. • Bisexuality is not a sin. • Having sexual relations with more than one person simultaneously or intermittently is not a sin. I’m not a fan or proponent of the concept of “sin” – the idea that some male-patriarchal-creator-god is…

Adventures In Writing #2: Hope Exists Where You Create It

I will begin with gratitude:  Thank you for the new followers and Facebook likes.  Thank you for the words of encouragement. – - Someone once told me there was a saying that went something like this: Writers often write in an attempt to please one person in their past, such as a parent, an old teacher, a past love, a…

Life Is Music

It doesn’t matter if a musician is an excellent craftsperson if the musician doesn’t try to play well.  If a musician is regularly giving their audience apathetic or incongruous facial expressions, communications, and body language, the musician will not likely connect with their audiences. John Tesh, on his radio program, reported a study that supposedly showed…

Willa Cather: An Individual’s Desire To Control The Portrayal Of Their Own Story

As many English majors know, the famous American author Willa Cather gave explicit instructions in her will that her personal correspondence was not to be published posthumously. Not until this year, some sixty-six years after Cather’s death, the Willa Cather Trust, the entity that controls the intellectual property rights to Cather’s work, decided a selection of her…

A Letter To My Younger Self

I am watching the 2008 TV mini-series “Sense & Sensibility.”  I’ve seen every version of “Sense & Sensibility” I know to exist.  Each is beautiful in its own way.  Austen was an astute observer of social communications, mores, and conflicts.  The 2008 version is superb.  I find each of the adaptations intriguing.  I learn more…

Congratulations To Brandi Carlile And Catherine Shepherd On Their Marriage

One of my favorite singers and musicians, Brandi Carlile, has married Catherine Shepherd.  They married in Boston, Massachusetts on September 15, 2012. Brandi posted this notice today for her Facebook friends: Hey everyone!   It’s long overdue but I want to update everyone on our wedding!   It was a total blast!  We got married in…

Lina Scheynius June 2012

The Increasing Unimportance Of Competition

Politicians, from time to time, tell us how US students have dropped to like 28th in a comparative list of nations when it comes to Math and Science aptitudes.  I’m not sure the general public is very concerned about this issue.  In the working world, my greatest challenges generally did not involve in my ability to figure…