Parkland Victim Blaming

There’s a counter-argument right now that instead of walking out to protest gun violence, the victims should have been “nicer to the shooters.”

Repeat: They should have been nice to keep them from murdering them. This is some Grade A enabling bullshit.

The victim is not the perpetrator. In a domestic violence case, do you blame the victim? Do you say he/she deserved it?

I’m all for being kind, but being kind to keep someone from murdering you is a sad commentary on our times. Worse, that people actually believe this instead of blaming the shooter is a vicious swerve.


10 Things I Learned About Life From War Games

I wrote this a while ago, but I still love it.


For the last few months, I’ve been playing this xbox game called Happy Wars. I like pvp team combat, and this a great game for it. You get less of the “in it for themselves” snipe…

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A Nice Guy?

Far more than once, people have referred to me as “a nice guy.” And I suppose I know what they mean. But there are specific reasons why I don’t consider it true. What people consi…

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Why the Patriots Won

Before the game, my friend and I broke a wishbone. We both made a wish, knowing that it was the same one (actually it wasn’t. He wished that the Falcons won, I wished that the Patriots lost). The wishbone snapped into three parts, leaving my piece and my friend’s piece the same size, slightly smaller than the third piece.

It was like we tried to fix fate, and the universe went “NOPE!”

I apologize to the entire world except for the Boston area, the small enclave where they don’t hate the Pats.

BTW: How awesome was it to hear Lady Gaga since part of “This Land is Your Land?”

Also, thanks to Lady Gaga, my old article from Suite101 (which I transplanted here when they moved away from actual journalism) on This Land is Your Land went viral again.

Also, you should buy one of my novels, because moar books are moar gooder, fantasy novels are fun, and the author is a really nice guy (even to Patriots fans, which includes one of my best friends except during football season). Click on one of the banners below for the Kindle versions, or find them at a local bookstore or other seller.


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If Virtue Equals Success…

I have a few Facebook friends that work out and love to post inspiring stuff about working out. Yesterday, one said “Everything I learned I learned in the gym. Hard work and commitment are al…

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Guilt or the Void: Facing a Lover’s Death

On Tuesday it was four years since Valerie died. I admit, it’s getting easier to accept, though I still had a good cry on the way home from the grave. Certain songs still trigger tears, and I…

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