From Hipster Beards to Tiki Torches

Sometimes I wonder about the critical thinking skills of our era.  We are taught in school rote behavior.  Regurgitate, bell rings, regurgitate, bell rings, regurgitate, bell rings.  In that form of habitualization, we stop thinking for ourselves.  You become even more aware of this tactic after you read “Social Class and School Knowledge” by Jean Anyon.   Having […]

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When We Hope to Be Pure

I’ve been revising chapter five in my novel for about two months now.  On the second draft and I was moving along quite nicely until I hit chapter five.  There was something about the chapter that wasn’t gelling.  The previous four ran smooth and there was a dynamic quality that forced the chapters to more or […]

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Shark Attacks: Making Friends in the Feeding Frenzy

If you’ve ever watched a documentary on sharks then you’re familiar with the feeding frenzy.  This is when a school of sharks start to feed on prey.  It can be an attack on a single victim or a school of other fish, but once the feeding begins the energy multiplies over and over as the […]

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Scrutiny of Dark Skinned Males

Do you think you watch the behavior of dark skinned males more closely than other people?  Maybe you feel you don’t.  Then you have to watch this video:

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Non-Competitive Modus Operandi

You were plugging away on the keyboard, doing your thing, writing your stories, singing the songs you want to sing, and then out of nowhere you get attacked by some overly competitive asshole.   If you’re not competitive, then why would someone go out of their way to compete against you?

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The Art of Running Into Flames

When I think about creativity, or the impulses to create, and how there is a certain bravery or cowardice involved, I think of forest fires.  You see, my cousins were fire fighters for the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.  I love it when they regale me with stories of their adventures and sometimes these are about disaster relief, like following […]

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Catch an In’din by His Toe: How Scapegoating Practices Disrupt Native Discourse

There’s a lot of insecurities in our very small Native world.  Native identity is a funky thing.  And people are people and people love power (even the ones who say they don’t).  We hold things over each other.  Sometimes these are purposeful attacks and sometimes we’re just reaching into the dark for anything we can weaponize.   Unfortunately, identity […]

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Price Vs. Cost: What We Pay to be Published, What We Lose to be Successful

The publication game is a beast with a big appetite.  You’ve been there.  You submit to this journal and then to that journal or a whole list of journals.  Maybe you’re like me and you create tiers of journals and cycle your short stories through rejection after rejection.  What’s the price we’re paying?  No, I […]

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Mojo in the Groove: The Ebb and Flow of Creative Writing

The most dangerous thing you’re going to do is drive.  Because of the frequency in which we drive and the comfort we get from believing we’ve mastered techniques to maintain proper focus, we get into that “conscious incompetence” space where we increase our likelihood of being in an accident.  Similarly, I seem to find myself doing […]

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Debut Post: Author Site & Blog

So this is the millionth blog/site I’ve created in this current lifetime.  I tend to start these things with a lot of energy and write many entertaining posts which receive a lot of reaction.  That’s great.  I enjoy interacting with people through blogging and I’ve learned a lot over the years.

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