Category Archives: Ompholos

Musings and Philosophy

Nice Niche Part 1: The Sweetest Sound

Our dominant culture defines privilege by money and stuff. That we recognize the fundamental wonkiness of this belief system, does not keep us from conforming to it. Yet, direct opposition feeds validity to our foe. Better we transcend the arbitrary barrier, … Continue reading

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Hogmanay

“We are born of the world and we are born of the stars.  None of our changing perspectives, religious or scientific, can change that fact.” The above is an excerpt from astrophysicist Adam Frank’s recent post on NPR’s 13.7 blog, a … Continue reading

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Where We Are

The subdivision where I live is the perfect American metaphor:  It’s unfinished. Leaving my front door, the stone faced ranch houses  and mostly immaculate yards would make for nice brochure pictures–despite the naked trees–as long as no one framed the … Continue reading

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Looking for It: Part Two

I used to say I don’t blog because if I did, I’d never have time to write. In my writing life, I see myself as a novelist, and I have to fight to fit that role into the confines of … Continue reading

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Looking For It: Part One

I love travel and not just because hotel living is easy.  A new city, a broken routine, pushes me  outside of my head, so I can see.  It’s too easy, especially during the school year, to become a passenger surfing … Continue reading

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Noam and Neopolitan

Over heard in a coffee shop: “There are chocolate people and there are vanilla people.” In Pulp Fiction, Mia tells Vincent there are Elvis men and Beatles men. A quick Google search using are you a or a produced  page … Continue reading

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The Town

On the surface, The Town could be summarized as: “Good Will Hunting with guns.”  A rough neighborhood genius struggles with identity, destiny, and desire for a girl out of his league.  Only instead of solving math problems on hallway chalkboards, … Continue reading

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6:54 am Thursday

Last night I imagined writing a story that began with the character’s death and slipped backward slowly event by event arriving, finally, at the defining moment that shaped the character’s life. It would never work though. Desire is the unknown. … Continue reading

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Perfect

…perception doesn’t just blind us to the small and unnecessary, and music isn’t just a magic mirror. A lyric’s image, a note’s reinterpretation of a theme, can freshen our senses, peeling back perception’s tyranny and returning us to the experiences that have shaped and reshaped who we are. Continue reading

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