This is my good friend, Miles. He’s got Japanese roots, but was actually born in Georgetown, KY. He was named after Miles Davis, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Miles has visited each coast, been to Canada Continue reading Miles

New Beginnings

Today is my first official post as “A Neo-Renaissance Writer.” You may wonder why I changed my blog’s title. Here are a few reasons: The  protagonists of my fiction writing will be Renaissance people (or polymaths)–characters who have a broad array Continue reading New Beginnings

A New Direction for this Blog

After attending the Tucson Festival of Books last month, one of the biggest nuggets of information I gleaned from the various workshops was Kristin Lamb’s idea that authors of fiction shouldn’t blog about how to write fiction. Particularly if they Continue reading A New Direction for this Blog

Health care analogy with Cheesecake Factory

Warning: mild political commentary disguised as someone else’s opinion … with which I agree wholeheartedly. What the heck does Louis Armstrong have to do with the Cheesecake Factory and Obamacare? I’m not sure. I think nothing, but the video is Continue reading Health care analogy with Cheesecake Factory

Yes, but there exists a Third Side

Warning: Political commentary in the form of a link and a short personal opinion. The Wrong Side Absolutely Must Not Win The Third Side is the Libertarian Party along with the inspired statesmanship of Congressman Ron Paul. Check them out if Continue reading Yes, but there exists a Third Side

Teachable Moments

Here I sit watching Super Bowl XLVI, sipping Taittinger NV Brut Champagne with my wife, on her birthday, mildly berating myself because I forgot to open a bottle of bubbly last Sunday, MY birthday. We’re savoring the aroma of a Continue reading Teachable Moments

Poverty–One Man’s Opinion

Selected definitions of poverty from various online dictionaries: 1)The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. 2)The state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of Continue reading Poverty–One Man’s Opinion

Interesting article about self-publishing

I found this on and thought some of the links to copyrighting options for self-publishers are worth a look. Do you have any other copyrighting websites to share? Have you used one of those sites and was it Continue reading Interesting article about self-publishing

A fun political quiz

Are you a Republican who was frustrated by the Bush years? A Democrat who has become disillusioned with the party since they took control of Congress and the White House?  A member of a third-party who doesn’t agree with much Continue reading A fun political quiz


Since this is one of the most politically important eras in recent American history, I’m adding to my blog two links to websites which I think are outstanding at what they do. The first,, is a non-partisan resource that Continue reading Politics