Month: February 2019

  • How Many Rutabagas for that House? About Currency – Religion and Politics

    Rutabagas! Life blood of planet Earth! Okay, you’re permitted to disagree. Nonetheless, rutabagas are a “marketable commodity.” They can be bought, they can be sold, they can be traded. Imagine for just a second, that you’re a rutabaga farmer. You’re moderately successful in your “work.” Put another way, you get rutabagas to grow, to flourish […]

  • On Racism, the Reality and the Fallacy – Religion and Politics

    It is customary for me to add a “disclaimer” to any and all articles I do on the subject of “racism.” It looks something like this: “I don’t believe in racism, because I don’t believe in race. Race is generally an arbitrary, non-scientific construct of convenience. Humans are all of the same species, regardless their […]

  • I Just Learned My Child Is Autistic, What Now? Part III – Autism

    It can be a somewhat amazing thing to find out that you have enough to say on a given subject to write three or more thousand word blog entries on the subject. Apparently—and I should tell you that I’m a bit surprised to find this is the case—this is true for my “advice to people […]

  • I Just Learned My Child Is Autistic, What Now? Part II – Autism

    The very last article I wrote was on this same subject. I found that I had a great deal more to say than I initially thought. The reality is that there are a lot of things that more or less apply to “normal” children, on which a certain amount of “spin” most be employed when […]

  • I Just Learned My Child Is Autistic, What Now? – Autism

    I try very hard to not let folks I meet when with my son know that he is Autistic. Even so, I have told more than a few people this was the case to make them aware for one reason or another. Most of the time, the result is all but a sympathetic “There, there! […]

  • More on the Spectrum – Autism

    Sometime in the not-too-distant past, I had a discussion with a relative on Facebook in which we talked about the various “designations” applied to Autistic folks. The individual in question is considered to be mildly Autistic (to the degree that she was able to go through her entire childhood without a diagnosis), my son, Garrett, […]

  • Be Not Disheartened – Autism

    I have said before, that it is entirely possible I am mildly Autistic. I have never been diagnosed, but since having to deal with a moderately Autistic boy (my six year old), I’ve come to notice some striking similarities in his “condition” and my past. Whether or not I am Autistic, the one thing I […]

  • What is Socialism? – Religion and Politics

    I believe that one of the things that makes it so very hard to “nail down” a definition for Socialism, is that folks—myself included—have a tendency to view various terms through their “personal lens.” Put simply, people allow their experiences and the words of others, to “color” their view of particular words or expressions. This […]