Manifesto of the three things

Manifesto of the Three Things (Willow)

I have three things to say.

1. No one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being for any reason whatever; nor should anyone advocate the initiation of force, or delegate it to anyone else. Violence begets violence and is a downright stupid solution to any problem. (How to Play a Blue Guitar)

2. I know everything that’s happening can be frightening, but don’t let that stop you. Refuse to be afraid. Free yourself from the shackles of fear that hold you back. Reach for your dreams. (Refuse to be Afraid)

3. You can do this. We can get through this. Life is better lived when you search for the light and not the dark. It’s going to be all right. (A Bridge at Crossroads)

I’m not repeating these things to sell you books. Almost everything in those books is in the archives of this blog, so you can read it all here for free. I’m repeating these things because enough is enough.

Remember: It’s an election year. People with questionable motives are pushing you along on a wave of emotion to win your vote in November. Stop riding the wave.

As an old song says, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now. As another old song says, there ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys, there’s only you and me and we just disagree.

Lasting peace begins with making peace. Lay your hatred down. Let’s try what the singers said.

And then there’s this one

Dejah the escapee

This one. Willow is such a sweet dog, we have grown old together, and she is the loving animal that they say all golden retrievers are, and then some. But this one!

Dejah Thoris, Princess of Mars, decided to test for flaws in the backyard fence on Tuesday morning. As I was trying to wrap up a project, I heard Cj yell, “Is Dejah in there with you?” Well, no, she wasn’t. And she wasn’t in the backyard, or the laundry room, or the main bedroom, or … uh oh.

Continue reading “And then there’s this one”

How to sell a Blue Guitar (or not)

Blue Guitar author web

This is an interesting time in my writing/publishing career. I’m making old stuff new again while reviewing my goals and passions to see what still really trips my trigger and where I should focus.

Through the last month, since I unleashed How to Play a Blue Guitar on an unsuspecting world, I’ve struggled to explain what this book actually is.

It’s a standalone book. I deliberately put no self-marketing material inside, not a list of other books I’ve written or edited, not a link to find my blog or join a mailing list, only a reference to which currently gets you an “Under Construction” image. (You tried anyway, didn’t ya?) Continue reading “How to sell a Blue Guitar (or not)”

The hugs and health dilemma

dreamstime_s_174604680 hug © Anastasia Kravchenko

I read somewhere that people need six hugs a day to maintain their mental health. That’s probably why everyone seems crazier lately, with The Powers That Be claiming we need to stay at least 6 feet apart to maintain our physical health.

We are left with another difficult choice: Sacrifice your physical health and get your recommended minimum daily dose of hugs? Or sacrifice your mental health by denying how much you need to hug someone?

Decisions, decisions.

I think I’d rather die sane. C’mere, you.

Illustration © Anastasia Kravchenko |

Reopening and reclaiming

Willow - You awake

Don’t be scared.

No, that’s not what I meant to say.

I know you’re scared. I’m scared, too. It feels like everything is unraveling. People shouting at each other, wishing harm on each other, accusing each other of evil or at least evil intent. Beneath it all, the fear.

Everyone is scared, except – oh, and now I begin to sound a little paranoid – except for the ones who benefit from our fear. The sociopaths, if I’m not too harsh, who sincerely believe they know better than the huddled masses. The ones who want to rule us.

Oh, there are some people among them with a true servant attitude, people who sincerely want to protect and serve, people who believe in preserving the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and such and so.

But then there are those who – I love that the man said, “Never let a crisis go to waste,” because those seven words so perfectly summarize the politics of fear. Continue reading “Reopening and reclaiming”

A dystopia, if they can keep it

Benjamin Franklin, who famously said that the Founders had crafted “a republic, if you can keep it,” is also often quoted (apparently incorrectly) as saying those who would trade their freedom for a small measure of security will have neither.

H.L. Mencken did write, and I often quote, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

I picked up my 50th anniversary edition of Animal Farm the other day, and found the 1996 preface and – to a certain extent, even the reprinted 1954 introduction – a sense of relief that the world had escaped the dystopian Soviet model that so concerned George Orwell when he wrote his brilliant fairy story in the 1940s. I’m not so sure that their relief was justified. Continue reading “A dystopia, if they can keep it”