Thanks for reachign out. I haven’t blogged in quite some time. I’m not really sure I’d be a good fit for anywhere at this point in my life. I guess it depends on the opportunity, so I’m willing to hear you out, but I am much busier these days than I was back when I was blogging more!
So apparently cell phone usage can increase the risk of brain cancer, and could be as big a public health risk as smoking, asbestos and leaded gasoline, according the European Environmental Agency. Is it ironic that I learned of this via a CNN “breaking news” feed on my iPhone?
While fiction is but a form of symbolic action, a mere game of “as if,” therin lies its true function and its potential for effecting change. For at its most serious, just as is true of politics at its best, it is a thrust toward the human ideal.
… no sector anywhere has changed less than the state. California provides perhaps the starkest example. It contains the world’s most advanced industries, but it has one of the most useless governments on Earth, a mess of thousands of different-sized, overlapping and competing cities, districts and counties. The left has indulged the teachers’ unions, the right has built prisons with abandon. Politics is hopelessly partisan.
Depressing and regressive legislation is nothing new in Texas. But the recent “emergency legislation” on mandatory sonograms for women seeking an abortion caught my eye. Here are some infuriating thoughts that immediately come to mind:
Oh, and I also can’t forgive Perry for pushing this as one of his “emergency legislation” items on the high-priority fast track. What other items are on this list? 2 laws to oust illegal immigrants. Thank you Gov. Perry, for showing us that your priorities during such difficult financial times are where they should be.
I should start by saying that my experience with novels is slim. This has its pros and cons. On the plus side, I can go into these works with an open mind with little anticipation or expectation. On the other hand, my naivete makes me ill-equipped to either assert strong praise or criticism (more on this later). With all that said, I found Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to be, on the whole, an honest and moving account of tragedy and renewal….