Diverse Reading: Why You Should Not Choose Protagonists Who Look Like You

People ask online all the time, "I'm looking for book recommendations featuring a protagonist that- (fill in the blank) is homosexual, is a man, is a strong female, is a minority, is asexual, is a redhead, is a single parent, etc. etc." It's even better when readers ask for these roles in their favorite genre. … Continue reading Diverse Reading: Why You Should Not Choose Protagonists Who Look Like You

Prager University Review

   Originally written and posted on Quora, Dec. 19, 2017. See link. Prager University is an up-and-coming and presumably popular website that targets Millennials and touts freedom of thought and speech. The site is confusing a lot of people who think it is a real school (it's just a website), and folks are beginning to … Continue reading Prager University Review

Going Home for Christmas to Coal Mining Country

See more "misty mountain" photos from my trip here   These communities rely almost solely on the dying coal industry that operates mines in the Appalachia mountains throughout Kentucky, Southern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Not only do these areas struggle with economic depression, and an aging population, the heroin epidemic has hit these communities … Continue reading Going Home for Christmas to Coal Mining Country

Bringing Back Child Labor?

An international friend brought a horrifying article to my attention over the weekend. It did not involve terrorism, Syria, the Standing Rock fiasco, or even Harambe. It was far more subtle a subject, far more insidious, and based on many misconceptions and quiet propaganda. The article was originally called, Bring Back Child Labor, until the … Continue reading Bringing Back Child Labor?