This site is a new venture started by Jamil Ragland and Gene Glotzer. We both enjoy writing as well as a free exchange of ideas. Our goal is to do those things in a public forum that will engage readers. We hope that people will visit our site to enjoy those things, too. We are friends, so we have things in common like an enduring love of Star Trek, especially Deep Space Nine, and a general feeling that we don’t fit anywhere on the political spectrum. But, we are also very different people and we hope that those differences encourage a diversity of ideas.
A Note On Our Name*
Many people will recognize nutmegger as a nickname for people from Connecticut, which is known as the Nutmeg State. We are both from Connecticut, so this fact did spark the idea. However, nutmeg has many other associations. For example, many people associate it with happy memories of holidays. It is a tropical spice and one of the spices that Christopher Columbus most wanted to find on his voyage. Also, without nutmeg, New York might still be called New Amsterdam. So, nutmegger is something that both connects us to our roots and shows the diversity or our interests. As for the daily part of our name, please don’t take that as contractually binding. We hope to be able to deliver at least one piece per day between the two of us. But, we both have jobs and families so we can’t make any guarantees.
*Let’s just pretend that our first choice name was available and this is what we picked.
About Our Contributors
Gene Glotzer – I have a difficult time describing myself. The whole exercise makes me decidedly uncomfortable. When I had to write short bios in high school for concerts and school plays, I just opted out by completely making stuff up. I would rather people think I’m a (hopefully funny) liar than actually divulge any personal information. It seems that while I’ve gotten older and more mature, this aspect of me has not changed much. I feel strange even saying this much. So, let me just say that the consistent thing that runs through all of my writing is philosophy. The final product may be fiction, commentary, criticism or an essay, but for me it is all about the ideas.
Jamil Ragland- I’ve been writing since I was a kid. My first memories of writing for fun are book-length Star Trek fanfictions where I was the captain. My writing has become (somewhat) more sophisticated since those summers I spent banging away on my school issued laptop, but I try to write with the same sense of joy. I’m not a trained historian, but I love history, and that appreciation tends to inform my writing. I can get a little heavy at times, but I always enjoy putting my thoughts into the written word, and I hope you enjoy reading it.