Politics are not naturally of any interest to me. I am interested in people and the way they are treated. Right now, hardly anyone in America is being more unfairly treated than Roseanne Barr, a woman I knew practically nothing about until she wrote a tweet that made her persona non grata in her own…

Participation in Heroes

Recently I saw an episode of the defunct tv show Monk, in which the titular character, a prissy, literalist near-savant, is discussing with his friend, a regular-guy police captain, the practice of tailgate parties. They are surrounded by sports enthusiasts pumping themselves up for the big game. Monk doesn’t get it. “But they’re not in…

Why Fascists Want Mothers Working

A while ago I discussed the unrecognized presence of every-day fascism in American life – often disguised as “liberalism” simply because it is embraced by left-leaners. (Of course fascism has never really been a conservative movement; the classical fascists were literally called “National Socialists” – Nazis.) At the end of that post I asked the…

Evidence I Might Once Have Been an ISFP

I found this little hand-drawn booklet stuffed in some family pictures. It seems like a perfect portrait of an ISFP, and I’m pretty sure I made it as a gently hyperbolic joke on my own character. Here my character, Behildajane, is perfectly blissful watching out the window a little ordinary bird eating some seed. Behind…

Poetry Challenge 16: Halovidian

The challenge this time is to write a poem using rhyme, meter/rhythm, and/or alliteration, with the following catch: we have to use at least three of the following invented words, and assign our own meaning to them. You can also include made-up words of your own. If necessary, provide pronunciation guides. Feel free to invent…