On Writing Blog2016-12-10T00:40:16-05:00

This is us …

still trapped in Plato's cave! "The prisoners would mistake the shadows for reality." – Socrates, The Republic, Book VII (20 min) About 2,376 years before Fox News was founded (1996), Plato wrote his renowned Read more...

This is us …

Are Will Smith, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Derek Chauvin, Ginni Thomas, Irma Grese, Marjorie Taylor Greene, angry truckers and KKK members just high profile primates in the lab of the failing human experiment? [Photo Read more...

The contrasts are black and white and stark …

in everything from hope and anger to failure, character, leadership and friendship (4 min read) Two men. Two Presidents. Two stories. Two books. Two Americas. Two visions (well, at least one). One rooted in Read more...

When communities and the “Reporters’ Gallery Yonder” wither, the roots of democracy die.

Canadian democracy in decline: An essay (7 min read) “All politics is local." – Tip O'Neill I remember the day, November 27, 2017. A Monday morning. The sky was blue, the coffee fresh, my adrenalin Read more...

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

I believe Francis Bacon’s three principles are the foundation of good writing. By “conference,” he means conversation and that is what the vast majority of people do the most; it’s unique to humans. But where we truly find discovery and advancement is by expanding beyond our ability to converse and developing the other two capabilities we possess: reading and writing. Amassing knowledge and having the ability to articulate it in a permanent form – for millions across history – is a wondrous gift that we humans can give to others with whom we share the planet.

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