Halves and half-nots. Haves and have-nots. He was a Have-not and the woman uncomfortably sharing a train nook with him was a Have. There was no in-between any more.
Las Vegas is no longer the party city it once was. It has become a place where the gap between rich and poor is wider than the nearby Grand Canyon. Owen Frost has made choices he never wanted to make. When he arrives for his job as a tutor of the child of Evelyn Sayles, one of the richest women in this changed world, he wonders if he’s made another.
I love oatmeal, especially during the winter. Whether it’s cooked cereal, an ingredient in bread or rolls, or the major component of a chewy cookie, that mild, nutty flavor is always a favorite. Cookies. I can live without cake or … Continue reading
First, a word about semantics. And modifiers. My initial title for this blog modified ‘Inventors’ with ‘Female’. Then as I thought more about the necessity of having to add ‘female’ as a modifier to certain nouns generally biased toward males, … Continue reading
Enter the eerie ruins of ancient Akrotiri, where ash from the catastrophic volcanic eruption of the island Thera in 1600 BC buried and preserved beautiful images of the vanished Minoan-style culture. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too … Continue reading
(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) To launch us into the New Year, I’m going to go back to the physical world for a moment, rather than the social one, and talk about rivers: how they … Continue reading
Nancy Jane Moore’s essay “Fighting and Gender” is up on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America blog. Drawing on her thirty-eight years of martial arts training, she discusses how body type — rather than gender — dictates fighting … Continue reading
I am rarely nostalgic for events in my own past. There are periods I remember loving — being at Clarion West, for example — but I don’t want to go back there now. I’ve changed and the world has changed … Continue reading
(This post is part of a blog series. In case you haven’t read it, here’s the first post.) When you first get your Tesla, the touchscreen asks you to enter its name. We had entered Nikola, so having that for … Continue reading
I know that history (and yes, we’re soaking in history right this very second) comes in cycles. I find this comforting when my government seems to be having a breakdown, and some of my fellow citizens have forgotten the basics … Continue reading
There are several pottery fragments in my teaching box. They always make students dream. The students’ eyes become greedy and they want to take these sad scraps home. They’re shy about touching them, even though these fragments are probably the … Continue reading