Monthly Archives: March, 2017

Getting Better

I think I’m doing a bit better than I was as far as my depression is concerned.  I’m certainly not great, nor am I where I want to be, but things seem better.  It’s another funny thing about depression.  It’s really hard to tell whether I’m better or not. I feel like I need a […]

The Hobbit – Chapter XI – On The Doorstep

This is another chapter that has always stuck with me.  It’s a little strange that it would have made an impression when I was a kid.  Not very much happens in this chapter.  It’s mostly a group of frustrated dwarves looking around and waiting. The chapter starts with the company striking out on their own.  […]

The Hobbit – Chapter X – A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome is quite similar to A Short Rest, and not just because of the three word chapter titles.  Both chapters are kind of a pause in the action.  They are both a chance for the company to rest a little and heal before they move on to something more difficult.  And both allow […]

The Hobbit – Chapter IX – Barrels Out Of Bond

Way back in my first entry in this series, I commented that I like the fact that Tolkien apparently doesn’t care about spoilers.  The title of this chapter proves it again.  Before you even start reading, it is pretty obvious that the dwarves will be imprisoned and will escape in barrels.  Like all good stories, […]

Stop What You’re Doing and Write Something

Yes, you. Right now. Stop reading this and write something. Words connect us across time and space, class and race, culture and gender. I can’t talk to Frederick Douglass because he’s dead. I can’t visit Pompeii because it was destroyed. I can’t see a dodo bird because they’re extinct. But I can read about all […]

Knowledge Without Belief

Since at least the time of Plato, people have generally accepted that knowledge is justified true belief.  Sure there are some who disagree by raising Gettier Problems or denying the possibility of knowledge, but for most people, most of the time, justified true belief is knowledge.  Lately, though, I’ve been questioning that definition.  It sure seems like […]

The Hobbit – Chapter VIII – Flies and Spiders

From the very first time I read The Hobbit, Flies and Spiders has fascinated me.  It’s hard for me to put my finger on exactly why, but I can always speculate.  It is the first chapter without Gandalf.  Before this, there was always the sense that Gandalf could take care of whatever problem they faced.  […]

Back, Into The Light (Part 1)

I’ve wanted to try writing fantasy again, and I’ve also wanted to write a serialized story. So here it is, my serialized fantasy story! Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Without further ado, onto Part 1! Back, Into The Light (Part 1) “Tell me a secret. Something you’ve never told anyone.” Even when he whispered, the gravelly heaviness […]

The Hobbit – Chapter VII – Queer Lodgings

The title of this chapter betrays the age of The Hobbit (First published in 1937).  People just don’t use the word queer in this way anymore.  I suppose if it were a modern book, the chapter would be Weird Lodgings.  As a kid, I’m sure I didn’t even notice the title of the chapter.  As […]

The Hobbit – Chapter VI – Out Of The Frying-Pan Into The Fire

Chapter VI has always felt to me like the end of the beginning.  Up until now, Tolkien has been setting the stage, establishing the characters and putting the plot in motion.  After this chapter we will get into the real meat of the story. There is a lot of action in this chapter.  Bilbo finds […]