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It’s a Gene Pool Thing, a Personal Essay

Death doesn’t discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, age or religion; only humans discriminate against other human beings. Humankind possesses a propensity for identifying distinctions among people, classifying and sorting them into categories, and then—utilizing the power of hatred, fueled by fear and ignorance—they organize and equip themselves to either exclude or eradicate those who are different. Committing acts of violence, carnage and genocide is a human trait; it’s incorporated into our gene pool and, like it or not, it’s a human thing. Read more

The Voynich Manuscript

Nothing perks up my curiosity more than an unsolved mystery that has eluded historians, linguists and cryptologists  since the first code breakers from both World War I and World War II failed to decipher the cryptic Voynich Manuscript. I first became acquainted with the mysterious codex during a 50-minute 2010 documentary film produced by ORF Studio and directed by Klaus T. Steindl and Andreas Sulzer, The Voynich Manuscript – The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript. Read more

Fiction

Bryce’s Mission

“Bryce loathed his software engineering job. Corporate politics and dismissive coworkers had placed a cruel burden on his mental health and stymied his positive judgement of humanity. Bryce contemplated killing off his coworkers one by one, but …”

A Questionable Destiny

“He led honorable men, men who wielded swords and shed blood on the battlefield.”

Morris Connelly

“Morris Connelly, fragile, old and bewildered, sitting in a hand-hewn log chair, watched with astonishment the air shimmer inside the log cabin…”

Dispatches: fresh and sometimes witty

YAFD

March 19, 2017

Yet Another Fabulous Day in my world. Today I offer two strange encounters. Banana was on the menu for someone, and I discovered the evidence. I didn’t witness the crime, only the carnage left behind … Read more

Do you still believe?

January 12, 2016

Sonic Screwdriver

December 26, 2015

When I was a journeyman machinist working for a defense contractor, I made a variety of precision parts for early cruise missile systems and surveillance satellites. Back then my fantasy was to become a model … Read more