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2015, Q4: Selfishness/Suicide ***Trigger Warning***

Note: Starting at the top of this year, I invited folks to ask me questions that I would answer. I view my “answers” as points in informed discussion rather than “look no further. All you need is HERE” responses – particularly on things that are less about me personally and specifically. Which is not to […]

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2015, Q3: No music for a year

Note: Starting at the top of this year, I invited folks to ask me questions that I would answer. I view my “answers” as points in informed discussion rather than “look no further. All you need is HERE” responses – particularly on things that are less about me personally and specifically. Which is not to […]

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2014 Uncategorized

The radical gospel of Martin Luther King | Al Jazeera America

King’s democratic socialism, anti-imperialism and black prophetic Christianity were fundamental to his identity I have been thinking off on for quite some time (oh, just years) about this very topic – the radicalism of the good Reverend Dr. King. His speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (aka “I Have a Dream” […]

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2013 Uncategorized

Yeshua of Nazareth and Cesar of Arizona: the Google doodle issue

My senior year of high school I signed up for AP World History. But it conflicted with jazz band on the schedule, so I took the honors course instead – with the same teacher. (She pretty much stalked me in the hallway my junior year and told me I had to be in her AP […]

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2012 Uncategorized

Technologies as transformative

From COML 509: Social Dynamics of Communication Technology @ Gonzaga University, Spring 2009. Thoughts on chapter 4, Writing Restructures Consciousness, from Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy: “Technologies are not mere exterior aids but also interior transformations of consciousness, and never more than when they affect the word.” (Ong, 1982, p 82) I was with him […]

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2012 Uncategorized

The Future Is Now

In 1993, a small group of 9 and 10-year old children at Hillcrest Elementary in Ruston, LA, fairly decently used the crystal balls known as their imaginations to predict virtual education and developments in computer-mediated communication. My fourth grade year I was admitted into my elementary school’s gifted program. One of our first projects after […]

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2012 Uncategorized

Memento mori: love macabre

When I was young I read Poe – The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, The Telltale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, and such – of my own volition. These weren’t assigned readings. I chose to fall into them in my free time. I recall specifically reading Poe at my desk in third grade after […]

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2012 Uncategorized

On Weber, rationality, the spirit of capitalism, and the Protestant Ethic

This is question 4 from a social theory (SOC 401) essay exam in undergrad. Keep in mind the wording of the professor’s questions – particularly where he says “according to Weber” and “What does he see…” This is me explaining through Weber’s eyes. I may agree/disagree or see things differently in parts. But stating that […]

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2012 Uncategorized

On trials/tribulations, victory, and worldview

In 2009 I took Communication & Organizational Ethics (COML 503). Fantastic class. One of our required books was The Question of God by Dr. Armand Nicholi. During the study of this book, this was one of the questions posed. Prompt: Both Freud and Lewis experienced pain, suffering, loss and disappointment in their adult life; however, […]

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2012 Uncategorized

Diversity and disrupting organizational culture

(a discussion from March 2010) Prompt: Recent news events, such as the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court justice and the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, have emphasized that people have different experiences due to race and gender (as well as class, physical appearance, etc.) When it comes to getting “the right people on […]