Monthly Archives: September, 2016

Ten Minutes

By Jamil Rashad Ragland Only after Tania saw the bone protruding from the man’s leg did she feel bad. It hadn’t punctured the skin, but the unnatural bulge below his knee was unmistakable. He was curled up into himself on the concrete, wailing in agony as his hands hovered near the broken leg. She watched […]

Last Anniversary

Today is September 26th.  It is the seventh September 26th since my wedding.  I hesitate to call it an anniversary, though.  That’s because it is also the first September 26th since my wife moved out.  And, barring something crazy, it will be the last September 26th before I no longer have a wife. I’ve been […]

The New TV Season – And A Confession

There’s something I’ve been feeling guilty about for years.  I have a superpower, but all it does is hurt people, mostly the actors, writers and crews that work on TV shows.  You see, I have the special ability to get TV shows cancelled.  All I have to do is start watching the show from the […]

Adventures in Parenting – Kubo and the Two Strings

Last weekend, I brought my daughter to the movies.  We saw Kubo and the Two Strings.  It was a mistake.  That’s no reflection on the movie.  I quite liked the movie (what I saw of it, anyway).  It’s a reflection on my skills as a parent.  My daughter is five.  This isn’t a kids movie. The […]

Lefty Sexism

I’m normally very interested in politics.  I pay close attention.  I vote.  I like to talk and argue about politics.  And I like to write about politics.  This election is different, though.  I find myself avoiding the news.  I don’t want to talk about it or write about it.  A small part of that comes […]

“You Are the Dreamer, and the Dream”

Today is the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek, which is a good time to ask a basic question: What is Star Trek? As humans, we haven’t even been able to venture beyond our own moon in our hundreds of thousands of years of existence. Our human brains are limited- there are sounds that we can’t hear, […]

Are We Alone?

“Kang!” came Kodos’ deep, booming voice.  “I think I’ve found something.” “What is it?” Kodos pulled up the chart.  “Do you see the third planet orbiting that star?  The blue one with the single moon?” “Yes.” “Well, I believe it might have intelligent life.” “Intelligent life!” Kang scoffed.  “Not likely.” “But, I’m picking up this […]

The First Day of School

Today was my daughter’s first day of kindergarten.  Although, she thinks tomorrow is her first day due to the weirdness of the schedule.  Either way, she is very excited.  I will be very upset at anyone who diminishes that excitement.  It is wonderful to see her so excited.  Sadly, I’m having a really hard time […]