Last Thanksgiving was my first with a new kidney, so naturally I was grateful to my anonymous donor. This year I'm just thankful to be alive and breathing. Okay, I admit that sounds totally lame—and vague as hell—but it's really how I feel. Honest. Maybe because I've been through so much hell pre-transplant, I'm somehow … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving, and RIP To All The Delicious Turkeys That Gave Their Lives
Where else to start but from the beginning. Here goes. I'm S.E. and I’m a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle, a writer, and a veteran among other roles I've taken up. I grew up on a small island country in the Pacific called the Republic of Palau, population just over 18,000. It's a … Continue reading Be Grateful While You Still Have The Time To Be
Point of view is the perspective that a writer uses to narrate a story or any particular scene in the story. Most narrative writing employ either a first person or a third person point of view. Another point of view—second person—is less common but has begun to gain more popularity recently. Along with other main … Continue reading Sharing Writing Advice: Choosing a Point of View in Narrative Writing
Just by Googling "Native American vote 2020," it becomes obvious that the erasure of the Indigenous populations of America is still underway. CNN had a graphic that labeled Natives "Something Else." The irony of the graphic is that they clearly labeled Asian voters, who are at 3 percent, and neglected to do the same for … Continue reading Native Erasure: CNN Labels Native American Voters as “Something Else”
I recently read Teresa M. Bejan's "The Two Clashing Meanings of 'Free Speech.'" She raises some good questions about the First Amendment, free speech, Facebook and Twitter, and no-platforming. She also makes mention of Diogenes the Cynic, a Greek Philosopher who told Alexander the Great to "get out of his light" and apparently "lived in … Continue reading Would Socrates and Jesus Be No-Platformed If They Were Alive Today?
When I was much younger, and admittedly, at times throughout my adult life, the phrase "loving myself" has elicited some immature and inappropriate jokes. I'm beginning to think that this was just a defense mechanism to laugh away the fact that I didn't actually love myself. I'll spare you the jokes. Growing up, being kind … Continue reading Balancing Being a Parent and Being an Individual