If you don’t want me looking, then don’t go showing.

Once there was an artist who spent a great deal of effort creating a marvelous 3D work of art. The artist carefully selected paints and fabrics and materials, then spent hours combining it all into a masterpiece that the artist happily brought down to a busy city street. The artist sat back on a bench … Continue reading If you don’t want me looking, then don’t go showing.

Don’t judge me=I’m already feeling guilty

Some time ago I came to the realization that whenever someone throws out the “Don’t judge me!” line, it’s because at some level they suspect that they’re in the wrong, but they’re not ready to admit it, and certainly not ready to resolve it, and would rather that everyone STOP REMINDING THEM about it. It’s … Continue reading Don’t judge me=I’m already feeling guilty

Who decides what your children are taught?

Question: Who should be in charge of your child’s education—the school board, or the federal government? While you chew on that, allow me to introduce you to a concept from classical rhetoric, called the “logical fallacy.” There are dozens of ways in which information is presented to an audience that screws up the logic—either accidentally … Continue reading Who decides what your children are taught?

Idioms for idiots

Because hats don’t weave themselves. ~Sergeant Beneff (Book 3 "The Mansions of Idumea") In books 3 and 4 I have a character named Beneff who has an idiomatic problem with idioms. I wrote him, in part, as an homage to my father, who was intensely frustrated by American idioms: those phrases that everyone understands, even … Continue reading Idioms for idiots