Designed to Move

Sam, “Humans are designed to move. Since emerging as a distinct species, humans moved (exercised) to secure food, escape from dangerous situations, attract mates, and do a variety of other activities that have allowed the species to thrive. [. . .] the organ systems involved in energy metabolism function best when subject to regular physical…

In Disguise

Sam, I’ve written before about what it means to live as a writer. I wish to return to this subject and speak about how easy it is to blend in to your surroundings as a scribe. I can sit at most any place at most any time and nobody would be the wiser of what…

The Hero’s Hero

Sam, In celebration of Hermione Jean Granger’s birthday, this year I’d like to recount some moments she progressed the plot or contributed to the reason of Harry and Ron survived their first year at Hogwarts. The time they went to meet Draco for their midnight duel in Philosopher’s Stone: “‘This is it!’ Ron moaned, as…

Acts of Love in ‘Deathly Hallows’

Sam, Don’t be fooled by the title of this article. You won’t find sappy romance or a fairy tale ending here. This is the hard love, the kind that isn’t afraid to bleed for others. The Battle of Hogwarts has no white knights, no damsels in distress. J. K. Rowling isn’t shy about “love wins” as…

Like It’s the First Time

Sam, Is it possible to read the same book, watch the same movie, do the same action repeatedly without getting bored with it? If the answer could ever be no, then those of us who comb the content of the stories we love with more scrutiny than our own history books are in trouble. It’s…

A Spark in the Dark

Sam, I wanted to take a moment to recognize a small success in my writing career, a career that–until yesterday–I had nothing substantial to show for. I have been accepted to attend the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference: May 17-20, 2018! This comes as a supremely welcome surprise. The piece I submitted was ten pages…

Wellness for Two, Four, Sixteen . . .

Sam, The essence of my Author’s Platform is to form a community of two seeming opposites: the literary and the active. As far as I see it, our brains, our bodies need a balancing of art and sport. Each target separate parts of the brain. We may have a physically dominant side (the easiest example…

Degrees of Exclusion in ‘Chamber of Secrets’

Sam, J. K. Rowling uses the Harry Potter series as a lens to address many societal issues. Among them, there’s the role of sports at school between Harry and Snape, the liberty an institution has with educating youth between Hogwarts and Fudge’s Ministry, and how disease is treated in the magical community (think werewolves). One that becomes…

Knowledge is Power

Sam, While reading A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr., I came to a debate involving the Book of Genesis and the natural curiosity of humankind. Their discussion I am calling Blind Faith v. The Necessity of Speculation. But first, allow me to provide some exposition to the novel, so you can know the…

The First Spell: ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ Part II

Sam, In ‘The First Spell: Philosopher’s Stone Part I’, I discussed the expertise of the Scholastic’s layout job, and how Jo begins her story on a plane we (as uninitiated Muggles) can understand. She then gradually transfers our interest – our support – for characters from the Dursleys very quickly to their severely oppressed nephew, Harry….