Road trip

Miss D. and I will be making a quick road trip today, so blogging will be sparse.  It’s kinda hard to juggle the steering wheel and a smartphone when writing blog posts – or, as a passenger, writing posts while using the phone’s navigation function! Please enjoy the bloggers listed in the sidebar.  They write good stuff too!  I may put up an article later this afternoon or this evening, if we get back in time.  Otherwise, blogging will resume tomorrow. Peter

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Comment policy change

A number of readers have complained that verification on comments (at present, Google uses image recognition) has become ridiculously onerous.  That’s outside my control, unless I stop using it;  so let’s run an experiment. I’ve switched off verification for comments, but also switched off anonymous comments.  That means, if you want to leave a comment, you’ll have to be signed in with a Google account or OpenID.  I hope that will prevent a surge of spam comments (which is why I implemented verification in the first place;  however, a few still got through, even with verification enabled). Let’s try it

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Good news! The Home is back on the Range!

Fellow blogger, author and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Brigid, has returned to active blogging.  She has a post up explaining what made her stop for a while. Brigid’s always been one of the more thoughtful and thought-provoking bloggers out there.  She has depths to her, and is able to express them poetically and poignantly.  If you’ve been a fan of hers in the past, you’ll rejoice with me that she’s back.  If you haven’t read her work before, it’s high time you did! Click over to “Home on the Range” and bookmark it for future reference. Peter

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It helps to read what is said, rather than jump to conclusions

I’ve been pilloried by some readers for my article this morning on facts and truth, particularly in the light of my earlier articles on the situation in South Africa.  A sampling of some responses: This kind of sanctimonious posturing is the reason I rejected the faith for so long … we can dispense with the politically correct virtue signalling. You aren’t fooling me one bit… . . . Sentiment is the reason that you are an African apologist. . . . The problem with your cultural relativity–“The same goes for our dealings with other races, societies, cultures and nations. They

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Forests, trees, and perspectives

In recent blog posts, I’ve raised questions about some current hot-button issues (including land confiscation in South Africa and arming teachers in US schools) that have drawn disapproval from some long-term readers.  They appear to think I’ve changed my views, or am pandering to left-wing causes.  Neither is true;  but some explanation may be in order. I’ve always tried to examine issues discussed here from a broad perspective.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that I approve of every perspective;  rather, it’s because a blinkered approach can (and all too often will) produce a limited response that fails to take into account

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Still cruddy

Miss D. and I are still fighting the bug.  We’re pretty sure it’s flu, because I know I was running a fever, and Miss D. suspects she was but isn’t sure.  Fever doesn’t normally go with a simple cold.  We’ve both had the flu shot, but this year’s version is reported to be less effective than usual.  Still, with luck, it will have reduced the intensity of the symptoms. I’ll try to put up a couple of random posts during the day.  My creativity doesn’t work very well under the impact of generic cold and flu medication, nasal spray, and

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When the going gets tough

I often receive comments, e-mails, complaints, etc. from fans of my books, asking when the next in a series is coming out, or why I take so long between books, or whatever.  I do my best to answer them, but it’s hard because they simply don’t understand my circumstances, which aren’t the greatest in the world as far as creativity is concerned.  A number of other writers have their own problems, too.  I’ve noticed more and more complaints about lack of time, lack of progress, lack of anything and everything that they need to succeed. I therefore decided it was

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Sparse blogging today

Sorry about the not-so-prolific blogging today.  Life, the universe and everything are getting in the way – as is a sore arm from my annual flu shot. I’ll try to post something later this afternoon.  Meanwhile, please amuse yourselves with the folks in the sidebar.  They write good too! Peter

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Are you interested in reading more?

I wrote last Saturday about the Catholic Church’s proposal to excommunicate mafiosi in Italy, and commented that it wouldn’t work.  I was challenged in a comment to that article by fellow blogger Dad29 (whom I’ve known about for years in cyberspace via his blog, and I’m sure he’s a sincere, committed Catholic).  He felt that I was being unreasonable in my criticism.  Needless to say, I see things differently;  but that’s only to be expected, I suppose, given our respective backgrounds. I’m thinking about posting an article (or a series of articles) analyzing precisely where (and why) I see the

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