Quotes on Love For Valentine’s Day 2021

From the Dragonriders of Pern series “There are many ways of loving”–F’lar rider of bronze Mnementh in Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey. From NCIS: “Love is never going to come easy. Yes, it is scary and it’s messy as hell but it cannot be an option. So when true love does come along you need toContinue reading “Quotes on Love For Valentine’s Day 2021”

Recommended Reading: Books To Read During The Pandemic

Hi all! With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us all cooped up for much longer than we’d like, I thought I’d share some recommended reading in case you’re looking for some books to pass your time. Literature and FictionThe Muskoka Trilogy by Gabriele Wills (Including Summer Before The Storm, Elusive Dawn, and Under The Moon This seriesContinue reading “Recommended Reading: Books To Read During The Pandemic”

Comfortable In The Nude: A Case Study of Body Confidence, Star Wars, and The Dragonriders of Pern

When I was around the age of 10, I started to become increasingly frustrated with my body. It did not perform as well as I would have liked, it was not developing the way I would have liked, and it was becoming more and more a source of ostracization and shame from my peers. YetContinue reading “Comfortable In The Nude: A Case Study of Body Confidence, Star Wars, and The Dragonriders of Pern”

On Men In Fiction: The Role Models That Inspired Me

Recently, the American Psychological Association released a statement highlighting the dangers of toxic masculinity, and the calling for action. The cosmetics company Gillette quickly followed up with a commercial encouraging men to be better. Now, it’s important to keep in mind that one commercial does not a company culture make, and the cynic would remindContinue reading “On Men In Fiction: The Role Models That Inspired Me”

Quotes on Grief

Today’s sermon in church, inspired by Walter Bruggeman’s book Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks, focused on the second of these tasks, namely grief. I found myself thinking of several of the sci-fi/fantasy series I know and love, because I tend to favor those series that acknowledge there is darkness, both in us andContinue reading “Quotes on Grief”

Fan Poetry: Dragonriders of Pern

Note: This is the first in a series of poems for a variety of fandoms that I’ve written over the years. These poems are related to the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne and Todd McCaffrey. The final poem in this collection is a poem I wrote upon the death of Anne McCaffrey, the creatorContinue reading “Fan Poetry: Dragonriders of Pern”

The Value of a Nuisance

When I was in my third year of university, I read the Bible cover to cover in two weeks. This is what caused me, finally, to become Christian. One of the things I noticed immediately was that there were some subtle differences between Paul and Christ that I found objectionable. I have since come toContinue reading “The Value of a Nuisance”