Know. Do. Think. Write.
Investigating differences that make a difference.
My primary interest in writing is to provide insight without resorting to incite. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) I’m positively motivated by authenticity, originality, individuality, nonconformity, creativity, cooperation, perspective, and sportsmanship. In 2011, those traits aren’t necessarily “low-hanging fruit” so I’m also motivated to write upon exposure to posers, lemmings, deceivers, dividers, hypocrites, power corrupters, image-is-everything’ers, conventional wisdom worshippers, Elmer Gantrys, holier-than-thou’ers, and whatever-it-takers. I’ve written a book to explain a methodological approach to thinking that I’ve found useful and necessary, Here’s Something About General Semantics.
I’ve written dozens of articles about General Semantics for quarterly journals that focus on topics like critical thinking, media analysis, criticism of advertising and public relations, and the behavioral implications of language habits. For two years I wrote a quarterly column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegramon topics as diverse as learning my best friend from high school was gay to criticizing TCU (my employer at the time) for canceling an appearance by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright to shedding light on the deceptive public relations campaign by Chesapeake Energy in North Texas to pointing out the ironies of President Bush, Vice-president Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld speaking to service academy graduates about “honor.” Speaking of which, I wrote a one-act play before I graduated from one of those blue-suited academies.
That play, The Unveiling of Ourselves, turned out to be a prescient preview of a topic that I continue to pursue. Some of these pursuits can rightly be considered as trivial, such as a series of radio commentaries I wrote in 2001 on the subject of Lucid Dating for Adults, which spawned a continuing education course I taught at SMU and TCU. More seriously, earlier this year a journal for career planning and adult development professionals published an essay I wrote, “Eight Passages for Uncertain Career Journeys.” After moving to Santa Fe in 2009, my writing efforts have been focused on the serious: academic writing for an Educational Psychology graduate program at UNM; blogging about Santa Fe concerns like the CHRISTUS ‘merger’ with St. Vincent Hospital and efforts to thwart the growth of wireless technology; and my first historical novel about a teenager from West Texas who gets pregnant in 1942, is sent away to live with relatives until her “situation” resolves, and ends up in Santa Fe working with people who work on the Manhattan Project. (Read Annie's story in progress at www.box1663.com.) I’m also among the cadre of initial bloggers for the 2011 re-launch of www.santafe.com, so look for my attempts to write about differences that make a difference in the City Different elsewhere on this site.