Healthcare Mythology 101: Socialized Medicine?

I’d like to talk about mythology. Not Greek mythology or Norse mythology, but American Healthcare mythology. In his book, The Healing of America, TR Reid listed a number of healthcare myths he had busted in the course...

Media and Race Bias—Is that a thing?

Just stumbled across an article on media race (ethnic) bias on DailyKOS that I found thought-provoking. Let me say right off the bat that I’m not sure what to do with the term “race” since it’s basically...

New Release from Book View Cafe: THE SPIRIT GATE

December 16, 2014, Book View Cafe releases THE SPIRIT GATE, an alternate history / fantasy by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. What’s it about? Well, magic and faith and political intrigue and I can’t say more without...

Guests of Honor at Windycon 42

I can now announced that Jeff and I will be Guests of Honor at WindyCon 42, which will be held Nov. 13-15, 2015 at the Westin Yorktown in Lombard Illinois. Here’s the linkage: www.windycon.org. We’re pleased to...

Ferguson, Staten Island and National Triage

National leaders and would-be leaders are weighing in on who’s to blame for the high profile deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, among others. In Brown’s case, a law enforcement officer shot the young...

The Healing of America: Healthcare 101

In his book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Healthcare, journalist T.R. Reid does what I had hoped for some time that our national leaders would do: he undertook to...

Cockroaches, Giants, Crying in Baseball and True Love

The image is from the cover of my novel, A Princess of Passyunk, and which seemed perfect for this purpose. Princess, by the way, is a story of magic, baseball and true love that features a fetching cockroach...

Sam Harris, Reza Aslan and Hiding the Ball

There’s a new volley in the ongoing feud between Sam Harris and people who question his crusade against Islam. During a discussion at the Harvard Science Center, Harris made the claim that Muslim violence is different than...

O, Columbus…

Because in some parts of our country it’s still Columbus Day and because so few of us really understand what Columbus (Christobal Colon) did, I offer this fictional re-imagination of the events of his landing...

Me-attitudes, Civil Liabilities, and Guns

Clearly visible and viscerally felt at the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference held in Chicago were polarized factions within the Gun Rights movement. There are those within the movement who have been decried as traitors and...