World Building

So, I have decided to write a young adult dystopian fiction book. This is something new to someone who has specialized in non-fiction piecework for my entire adult life. One of the first things I have had to learn is how to build a fictional world for my characters to live in. It was a … More World Building

Our Saving Grace

This Thanksgiving was different than those of years past. It had a feeling of rawness to it, likely due to divisions that are stalking every aspect of our culture. Our democratic  society is being systematically dismantled by the wealthy ruling class in each level of governance from the smallest city council all the way up … More Our Saving Grace

The Sacrifice

Thinking on the sacrifices of so many fallen soldiers and service veterans who stood bravely in the face of terrifying circumstances. It seems like everyone is quick to co-opt that service with the newest “military appreciation” fad – bumper stickers, signs, t-shirts and the like. But they don’t really understand how a deployment affects the … More The Sacrifice

We All Need A Break

The Human Mirror is on hiatus. Life has a way of demanding how your days are spent, and mine are currently being spent on other priorities. I hope this is a temporary circumstance. I’m not sure it will be. Go forth in peace as I attempt to do the same.

That’s Not Winning

As a preteen, my daughter had a friend who was ultra-competitive in everything. She had athletic prowess and she was the outgoing type of kid who never had trouble finding people to hang-out with. But she had a dark side that to my relief, eventually ended the relationship with my child. The trouble began with … More That’s Not Winning

Helpers

The Human Mirror blog was preceded by a blog named Human Rights vs. Stalkers. Although some readers know that story and my reasons for it’s existence, others are unaware of the dealings my family had with a few “bad apples.” Those who are curious can find the old stalking blog on two sites that were … More Helpers

Hard Lessons

One of the first targets in a culture war is education. I have actually witnessed this back when I was still attending evangelical church services. Churches in my rural township were always on the brink of financial disaster, but there was one segment that ALWAYS got a huge chunk of change: the youth ministry. The … More Hard Lessons

Cluster Bombs

People are beginning to notice the drastic increase in chaos throughout the world. Yes, I know that they were repeatedly warned that things were spiraling out of control, but they only heard what they wanted to hear. We said racism was real, and they thought we wanted to treat black people better than white people. … More Cluster Bombs

Depersonalization

Open any major newspaper to see the latest atrocity committed against innocent people somewhere in the world. These acts have become so common that we aren’t even shocked by them anymore. Apathy is a convenient non-reaction by folks who believe that these things simply happen in life, and you can’t spend your life worrying about … More Depersonalization