Writing Samples:

A Poem: when Demons rear their ugly heads

when Demons rear their ugly heads… In Technicolor scenes, the past is re-lived, the present is stifled, and the future is destroyed. Nightmarish battles are waged; lines are drawn in the sand, as the war hungry continue to invade the land. But you have to Fight! Take a moment to reflect on the future, of […]

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A Novel: Excerpt

CHAPTER “Good morning, Daddy,” Allie said as she shuffled into the kitchen pulling her long blond hair back into a ponytail. “Sweetheart!  How did you sleep?  Good, I hope.  Though you are up early.  I didn’t expect you up until at least nine.  Christ, child, it’s 5:30.” “Pops, I told you this isn’t a vacation.  […]

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Bitter Leaf – An Excerpt

Bitter leaf – she loved the stuff.  Morning, when she first woke; afternoon, when she was preparing the inn for visitors; and evening, before bed.  She loved it!  Oft, she’d fall asleep with it tucked between her cheeks and gums to wake up, take a gulp of mead to infuse the leaves for that first […]

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Tricia Dower: Silent Girl

I used to think the Virginia Slim tag line “We’ve come a long way, Baby!” was empowering and celebrated the achievements women have made in the last hundred years in gaining equality.  Women can own property, women can vote; women can be working mothers or stay at home mothers without society telling them which path […]

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Ancient Scrolls Scorched By Vesuvius May Be Read Again

Having been to Pompeii and walking through the ruins, I can’t help but fine intrigue in the prospect of being able to read ancient scrolls found from the ruins 260 years ago. I am also incredibly interested in the possibility of a lower-level library that hasn’t been excavated yet. This would mean a whole massive […]

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There Are 300,000 Pieces Of Garbage Orbiting Earth

Anyone else have a problem with us junking up space before we actually even get there (because let’s be honest, we haven’t even really begun exploring the “Final Frontier.” Why haven’t we figured out how to re-capture our junk and then use it for recycling purposes? Doesn’t it seem like we could figure this out […]

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Let’s Talk About Domestic Violence

I’m going to jump into the fray of every other media outlet that wants you to be outraged that a bunch of guys who resemble the gladiators of old, are getting caught for committing acts of (domestic) violence. Further, I’m not going to mention that said gladiator-like men have scantily-clad women jumping up and down […]

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What Happens to the Cuban Baseball Players Who Never Make it?

There is a really in depth article over at Vice Sports which talks about what happens to Cuban baseball players who never make the major leagues. The most interesting part of the article is what two guys went through to defect from Cuba in hopes of a major league payday after they’d been declared free agents. If […]

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Finding the Balance Between Analysis and Intangibles

ICYMI, below is an article from last week about why Barkley is wrong about analytics in the NBA. Here’s the thing about analytics – taken by themselves, while enlightening, they leave out some of the intangibles a player may have that aren’t reflected in the stat lines and the analytic reports. There is no stat […]

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Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty

The UN has vowed to wipe out poverty. Its a big goal, and I’m not really sure if its even viable. But while looking at some research on poverty this past week, I ran across the webpage below from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The page highlights a report they have […]

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