Jun 19
INCONSEQUENTIAL BEHAVIOR

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Yesterday, the American Medical Association (AMA) continued its steady slide of accommodation for a society bent on removing personal responsibility from its citizenry. Behavior without consequences has been the collective unspoken chant of a nation marching to its own self-indulgent, bloated demise.

What pronouncement from our medical experts led me to such a vitriolic opening statement? Obesity is now a disease. That’s right, for the overwhelming majority of people who don’t have the self-discipline to eat healthier and regularly exercise, not to worry. It’s not a self-discipline problem, it’s a disease. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/business/ama-recognizes-obesity-as-a-disease.html?_r=0

I can’t wait for the next generation of “diseases”. Maybe we’ll find a way to rationalize speeding or shoplifting as a “disease”. After all, I can hear the experts say, “They can’t help themselves. We have to do a better job of educating the public (read: spend more tax dollars on inefficient programs) and we have to develop treatments (read: drugs) that help these people.”

In my second paragraph, I said for the “overwhelming majority of people” obesity is not a genetic condition or a disease. READ MORE

Oct 22
ROAD CLOSED?

Road Closed

This post is one of those deep (but not quite profound), reflexive passages on overcoming barriers in life. On why I stopped being a full-time attorney to take a chance at becoming a fiction writer. An author. Why leave a highly respected, well-paid position to become a starving artist?

As we drove to school today, my daughter Hannah snapped this picture. Besides its obvious artistic value, it provided me with a moment to reflect. How many times have I been traveling along and had my course altered by a road closed sign? Actually, not very often, at least driving on the asphalt roads. But, in a metaphorical sense, we find ourselves running into road closure signs all the time. I’m not advocating you break the law, but I am suggesting that we reconsider always listening to the voices and words that prevent us from following the path we want to follow. READ MORE

Oct 15
The Launch

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The journey to launch Boy 39 actually began in 2006 on an airplane somewhere over Idaho. I wrote a scene where a teenager walking through a grocery store checkout aisle spends the entire two minutes checking out the cashier, a cute girl with a troubled home. When the boy fails to say anything to the girl, he encounters a smart-aleck kid on the mini-carousel outside the doors to the store. The kid reads the teenage boy’s mind, and asks him why he didn’t ask the girl out for a date. READ MORE