Agents of the Undertow

Essays & Stories

Stacks Of Notebooks

I sometimes wonder if the notebooks forced certain habits upon me, or if I use them because they lend themselves nicely to the way I do things.

In a kitchen closet is a box containing 30 notebooks, give or take a few. There are a couple more notebooks at my office. Then, there is my current notebook, a soft cover large Moleskine, sitting on the kitchen counter. They vary in style and sometimes purpose, especially the older ones. There are spiral ring-bound notebooks with college ruled paper. A few of them are hard backed with heavier paper. I almost never think about them. They are an extension of me, taken for granted and never questioned. ... more »

I Miss America

Everywhere we go there we are. We have surrendered our uniqueness for convenience and conformity

I Miss America

I miss our straight-forward approach to solving big problems. I miss the willingness to tackle those problems without agendas or motives, simply because they existed and needed solving and who better than us to provide the solution. ... more »

The Obstacles In Our Way

Navigating the crooked path to truth and honesty

The Obstacles in our way

We have entered an era where “proofiness” trumps all. The statement “I believe …” coming from anyone causes us to stop in our tracks and give added weight to any explanation. It’s as if the belief in something – anything – is more important than the veracity of what the person actually believes. Sarah Palin can say on national television (with a straight face!) and no one in the media even questions her competency to be before a microphone: "Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant – they're quite clear – that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the Ten Commandments.” Somehow, questioning the idiocy of her “belief” is off-limits, so no one in the media does, and this lends more credence to her statement with the listening and watching public, blurring lines between fact and folly. ... more »

New Art: Watercolors and Pen and Ink

Watercolor: Tomorrow

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Scoring In Vegas

I de-skinned my knees. When I stood up there was blood flowing everywhere, shreds of skin and DNA missing, tangled in the fake grass and adding a bit more color to the local landscape.

Scoring In Vegas

The first morning I skinned my knees. Actually, I de-skinned my knees. When I stood up there was blood flowing everywhere, shreds of skin and DNA missing, tangled in the fake grass and adding a bit more color to the local landscape. No worries. I cleaned out the wounds with some water, applied some Neosporin, and got on with things. ... more »

Obamacare Is Taking Our Guns!

Irrational Fear and Inconvenient Facts

Obamacare Lies about guns

For some people the depths of their fear cannot be measured. Fear of 'Them', of the government, of 'turrurists', of losing their rights. Fear, Fear, FEAR! How they live like this I cannot imagine. ... more »

Quit Stealing My Wonder

Of all of the adults in the U.S. only 33 percent believe humans have always existed in our current form (no evolution)

There are those who scoff at science and, in particular, evolution. They often argue with a visceral madness that God created them as they are, that there is no damned way we can count chimps as a relative, distant or otherwise.

Of Evangelical Protestants in the United States, 64 percent believe God made man as he is today. Fifty percent of those claiming allegiance to the republican party believe this, according to a recent PEW study ... more »

Antidepressants and the American Zombification

35 million people in the U.S. take antidepressants. One in four women over 40 are on them

I get bored quickly. I have ADD – and when it comes to numbers I have a serious case of OCD. Occasionally, I wish people away by completely ignoring them, not in spite, mind you. I just don’t want to be bothered. I have things on my mind – scratching to get out – and stuff to accomplish, however trivial, thank you very much. Yes, my anti-social tendencies can be annoying to some and I am aware that I have the patience of a claustrophobic man trapped in a dumbwaiter. Whatever. If I’m comfortable with it then you will have to be too. I see no need to change. ... more »

You're A Dick

Here’s another observation since I’m on a roll and trying to see life as this guy. He’s the guy everyone told me I should be.

Against my better judgement I agreed to set up some sort of booth at a local leadership conference. My opinion of these things is pretty low, having been forced in the past to attend a few. I can tell you leadership conferences are generally attended by people following orders to attend and hoping to escape their cubicle confines for a day or two. At best attendees can be found on the sub-mid-level management rosters of many Fortune 100,000 companies. At worst they are unemployed and thinking of ... more »

Space Oddity

Chris Hadfield just completed something that only a handful of men and women have ever done. He spent five months in space on the International Space Station (ISS). Hadfield did more than just take his work to edge of our world for a few months.

Chris Hadfield - Space OddityChris Hadfield just completed something that only a handful of men and women have ever done. He spent five months in space on the International Space Station (ISS). Hadfield did more than just take his work to edge of our world for a few months. He packed his guitar along for the ride and while on the space station gave an amazing rendition of David Bowie’s "Space Oddity". ... more »

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