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You, Me, and the Horror Contract Between Us

If you’re a horror fan, you will eventually hit those ruts when you feel there is nothing really scary left to read. You know, the juicy stuff that keeps your lamp burning and your heart jerking at every unusual sound outside your window. It’s a fair assumption. Next to humor, horror is the most difficult genre to hit it out of the park, because what could be terrifying to me could be a big-o knee slapper to you. Yet I’ve discovered something that should have slapped me upside the head a long time ago.

Foreign Patriots

I’ve lived in the United States nearly all my life. My memories of Nicaragua are vague, scattered images of a toddler that amount to little more than remote snapshots of another world. I have never visited my birth place, and so the other world reference is as tangible as my sense of gratitude for every opportunity I have been granted by my adoptive country. No day has inspired as strong a sense of personal achievement as the day I took the oath to become a United States citizen.

An Easter Message

In my spare time I enjoy writing fiction, and the recurring advice writers hear time and again is: Write what you know.

Your Potential, Your Privilege

I spent part of this weekend doing more soul-searching about what it is I want to do with my time away from the office. It’s a balancing act dividing my spare productive energy between running a freelance business and building a platform for my future books. Then I sat down to prepare my lesson for Sunday’s young men’s lesson at church.

Sunday’s lesson happens to be about talents and gifts and using them for His Glory. Coincidence? I'm not so sure. I don’t spend enough time asking myself what I can do to spread the gospel. My own greed about the things I want tends to get in the way.

Should Religion Influence Politicians?

The other day at work I was arguing politics with a coworker, never a good idea under the best of circumstances but especially when you are the minority in the room. We were discussing the last presidential race, and the point came up about whether or not a politician's religion should influence their decisions. Me, I don't see how it's possible for religion not to enter their decision making process.

God, Good, and Tragedy

After a jarring event, whether natural or manmade, we sometimes ask ourselves why would a loving God allow tragedy to visit His children? Some events are so horrendous as to question His rationale. It is not unusual for us to ask if the presence of such evil means God abandoned us or worse, that He was never there.

Pity, Party of One: Confessions of a Frustrated Writer

Sometimes I feel like Brian in the Family Guy. You know the anthropomorphic dog that, among other things, is on an endless quest to write a novel? If the show is beneath you, or you missed the episode, here’s the clip:

For a baby, Stewie figured out quick how to cut to the heart of the matter.

A Nation of Blocks: Reverse Discrimination in Politics

It’s a little surprising that politicians still use minorities as political pawns to drive talking points. A few days after the first presidential debate I overheard someone bemoaning the lack of Latino mention, and it made me wonder if the idea of equality in this country is nothing more than a persistent mirage that stays a mirage because we choose to keep it at arm’s length.

The Best Observation of the 2012 Presidential Campaign Season

From USA Today courtesy of Cal Thomas:

Quotations that Inspire Me

Or rather, these are some of the quotations I have found over time and kept tucked away for many years.

"He who loses money, loses much. He who loses a friend, loses more. He who loses faith, loses all."--Anonymous

"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."--Cadet Maxim

"Reality is the cage of those who lack imagination."--Malcolm X

"When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There's a microscopically thin line between being creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on Earth. So what the hell, leap."--Lise Hand, British journalist

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