The Government Is You

I must have been four or five years old when I attended my first political rally. Dad worked for the state-owned mining company in charge of mining uranium. (Uranium which would be shipped to the United States for nuclear energy and atomic research and bombs.) He was a field worker, going out into different parts ...

How Do You Know Better?

"You should have known better," she said to Carlos (not his real name) after the judge handed down the conviction, as Carlos was being taken away. His mother then told him she loved him, they shared a quick hug, and off he went to federal prison. She then turned to look at the half-empty gallery, ...

Smallville Season One, Revisited

When I first moved to Pennsylvania, I was a big fan of Star Wars. The prequels were in their apogee, and I was all about the complicated wisdom of things like fear leading into suffering. That all changed in 2001 when the WB (now The CW) started airing Smallville, a series about the teenage years of ...

Take Your Demons Out for a Walk Once in Awhile

I was having a somewhat serious conversation with The Girl the other day, and we were talking about how neither of us have really done anything evil. I mean, I've beaten a guy into submission because he wouldn't stop trying to hit me, and I did try to steal that one CD back when I ...

My Favorite Photographs of 2016

Another year, another ten thousand photographs. Seriously, I took that many. Between my iPhone, my DSLR and my mirrorless (the same little camera that traveled with me to Colombia), I took about ten thousand photographs. Not all of them were good. Maybe one or two were great. However, there were several that are my favorites ...

I Always Get What I Need

I was about twelve years old when I went back home in El Paso after visiting my father's side of the family in Mexico over the Christmas break. When I got back, several of my cousins had brand new radio controlled cars and boats, and they were playing with them at a nearby park. All ...

All the Other People You’re Going to Meet

It should come as no secret to you that, for the longest time, I felt alone. Like, really, really alone. In high school, it was because I was very young and didn't quite fit in with any one group. I was different. Sometimes, I felt like an outcast. Some were too smart. Others were too ...

When You’re Right, You’re Right. When You’re Wrong, Accept It.

One of the biggest indicators of maturity, is learning to acknowledge your mistakes, learn from them, and move on. This is especially true in any science field, but it can be applied to live in general as well. In science, if you make a mistake and are called on it, you better change your ways. ...

Quick Thought: People are not a monolith

Quick thoughts are really quick posts of things that I think of right in that moment. No editing. No planning. Just a free flow of my ideas. Live with it. Why did people vote for Trump? Why did people not vote for Hillary? Many of us are wondering what exactly led us to having the CEO ...

If Time Were Not Linear, Where Would We Be? What Would We Do?

There's a scene in The Flash where Tom Cavanaugh's character tells Barry Allen's friends that Barry's superpower is not his speed, it's his hope. "He's full of hope," he says, pointing out that Barry keeps trying to do the impossible because he's full of hope that it will work out. Isn't that the damned truth? The ...