America is the Land of the Free & Home of the Extreme

In the United States, we grow extremism by telling our children myths about bearded white deities (a Western tradition that predates Jesus) and quasi-omniscient demigod Founding Fathers.  These children grow up to age eighteen, and then they are entrusted to make crucial civic decisions about: good and bad, right and wrong, moral consciousness impacting the […]

Creating the Painting of Sorrow

Creating the Painting of Sorrow

I have elected to include this blog by Virginia Winters about her book Painting of Sorrow because of my deep appreciation of both art and historical fiction. As an undergraduate, I majored in history but took enough art history classes to nearly have a minor in the subject. This new book is exciting not only because of the […]

The Pledge of Allegiance Part 2

Civil War cannon

The first version of the pledge of allegiance was written by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War.  One can imagine the impact of the words, “one nation” at the time.  But the fact remains that a pledge is part of the totalitarian practice of putting interests of the state […]

The Pledge of Allegiance Part I

The Pledge of Allegiance Part I

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…   The flag is a symbol that represents the embodiment of a country. Our spangled banner is a symbol of democracy, freedom, and constitutional equal rights. We pledge our allegiance to the flag, we sing to it, we raise it in glory, and […]

Science Fiction Is The Improbable Made Possible

steampunk

Science fiction is defined by Isaac Asimov — the man with arguably the most nimble imagination and most prolific brain in the history of the genre — as a form that “deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology.” Science fiction is difficult to define because it can encompass so […]

How Beer Can Make A Happy Valentine’s Day

Dinner and beer

Aside from all of the pageantry, Valentine’s Day is lesser known as a day that makes single ladies riddled with anxiety and anticipation and guys in relationships feel like they have to perform feats of romance or be labeled as a schmuck. Is V-Day just a way for Hallmark and other greeting card companies to […]