"Manda there?"

The other day a teenager asked if he could use my cell phone and when I told him that I didn’t have one, he just stood there with a confused look on his face.  His dumbfounded expression got me to thinking about how different phones are today compared to when I was a kid. Back […]

The Creepy Invasion of My Privacy…of the Evangelical Kind *Shudder*

A few years ago, I began writing a set of instructions for my funeral. I know- morbid – but I was thinking of it as a way to ensure that, should I go before my parents, I’d at least get the non-religious send-off that I want.   And being a writer, with an often out-of-control imagination, […]

Guns in Space

For anyone who grew up reading a lot of science fiction, like myself, the “weaponization” of space probably seemed pretty inevitable. I mean, all those cool stories couldn’t happen unless there were really big spaceships flying around all over the place with plasma beams and graviton pulse weapons and… sorry, my geekdom was showing.  But […]