John McCain and the Vampire Fish from the Tangent Universe

On election night, November 7, 2016, when ABC Election coverage announced that Donald Trump took Florida, I actually went into the bathroom, closed the door, lowered the toilet lid, sat down, and cried. I know quite a few of us who did the same; we knew something we could not explain, something hitherto unprecedented had…

By Virtue of The Absurd

Waiting for Godot, Irish playwright Samuel Beckett’s two act play from the Theatre of the Absurd, is a quintessential primer to understanding politics under the Trump Administration. In the play, two men, Vladimir and Estragon, wait by the side of a desolate road, near a barren tree, for the arrival of someone named Godot. They…

Syria Part 1: Connecting the Dots

In nature, good and evil do not exist. All actions and events in the organic world follow elemental law, which is to survive despite chaos. Good and evil are constructs of the human experience and relative to situations within that experience. They are value judgments regarding how we perceive situations to be; we make them…

The Real Rise of the Silent Majority

The holiday we think of as Presidents Day is really a bit of a misnomer. Celebrated on the third Monday in February, what we today know as Presidents’ Day was first established by Congress in 1879 in recognition of President George Washington, and is still called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. The holiday became…

The Time is Right Now, by M.G. Poe

Samantha Sophia OK, look, about this new administration in Washington D.C…I know it’s frustrating. A lot of you are mad. A lot of you are disgusted, weary, disheartened, bewildered; you want to turn away in despair, turn off the television, stop watching the news, get off social media, retreat from the turn reality and our…

And Now For Something Completely Different, by M.G. Poe

Image © Columbia Pictures With Trump’s inauguration just days away, I have been thinking a lot about our President- Elect. Having not voted for him, completely perplexed as to why anyone would, I wanted to know the reasons why 61 million Americans voted for him this past November 8. What I encountered was a series…

Don’t Criticize What You Don’t Understand: Dylan’s Nobel Prize by M.G. Poe

Given the escalating, bitterly divided and mystifying socio-political climate in the United States right now, it is somehow fitting that rounding out the ambiguous and wholly controversial state of our present reality, the Swedish Academy has chosen to present the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature to the enigmatic, oft-times reclusive American folk-singer/songwriter, beat poet and…

The National Identity and The Threatening of American Multiculturalism

We are Americans. Ours is a multicultural society. And, we are a proud bunch. It takes focus to be multicultural and American, a kind of cognitive dissonance. Because for a multicultural society to truly prosper, citizens must be consciously willing to accept each other’s diversities, and practice fair and equitable treatment of one another, even…

Berniecrat For Unity

On this, the day after the Super Tuesday primaries of New Jersey, North and South Dakota, Montana and California, where Bernie Sanders won two of those states, but sadly, much to the chagrin of his followers, lost the coveted, big 475 delegate prize of California to Hillary Clinton, two days after the media presumptuously gave…

NOWHERE

Cotton skies hang Over hills of brittle grasses sleeping, Laying in repose Like the dormant limbs Of the desert’s giant beast. In the gloaming The metal blurs of some civilization insistent, Heap their subtle synthetic afflictions upon the land; Not a moment passes and the sun has gone without a word. Has anybody Ever heard…

The Value of Fiends

Recently, I let a longstanding friendship come to an end. The making of the decision was not an easy one for me, nor one to which I gave little thought. I know that my friend was very hurt by my actions or in this case, non-action. I know that from her vantage point of life…