For it is not enough to allow dissent. We must demand it. For there is much to dissent from.
Robert F. Kennedy
Though I usually focus on writing fiction, I enjoy reading news and nonfiction, so I'm constantly coming across things I want to write essays about, too. Here you'll find the results.
At the end of each piece is a link to a form with which you can add your own opinion. (You can choose whether you'd like me to post your comment or want to share it only with me.) I love hearing people's thoughts, even if they disagree with me. (I do hope those who do so will be polite about it, though.) Some of these essays are controversial within my circle of friends and acquaintances—that's often why I choose a topic in the first place—so I can't promise these won't offend any of you, but if they do and you wish to share why, I absolutely will consider your perspective. That doesn't mean I won't ever be defensive, but I will listen and reconsider. If I don't, as I see it, I can't very well improve my own ways of thinking. I really believe in the quote that I stuck at the top of this page, and that's the spirit in which I write these. So thanks for stopping by and reading them.
There figurative stacks and stacks beyond these cluttering up my brain, but there's rarely enough time to write them all down. Still, as I find a few hours here and there, I'll add to this list. You may also be interested in reading a little about my political views.
Striving for the Sky
Creativity, skyscrapers, and my remembrance of 9/11, ten years later · September 11, 2011
Michael Moore wants you to think
Thoughts on contributing to controversial discussions · February 23, 2008
Searching for safety in a culture of fear
We can stop Al Qaeda, but not a campus gunman? · February 21, 2008
The 'K' College gulf: humanities and sciences
Mutual respect needed for all disciplines · April 8, 2004
Don't let Microsoft own the Internet
Why you should consider using a browser other than Internet Explorer · March 3, 2003
Special Feature: Added in 2010, check out my blog on living—and controlling—one's digital life in the Information Age: