Author Archives: Paul

Why I Think Vaccines Are Safe, Part II

Are “Childhood Diseases” No Big Deal? When I was fifteen, I got chickenpox. I believe all my siblings had it earlier, but at a much younger age-in fact, I’m not sure if they ever remember having it or not. The … Continue reading

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Why I Think Vaccines Are Safe, Part I

Awright. First off, the title of this is “Why I Think Vaccines Are Safe,” not “Why People Who Don’t Trust Vaccines Are Idiots” or “Why I’m Right And Everyone Else Is Wrong.” There’s enough finger-pointing and name-calling about the subject … Continue reading

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The Vault: “An Unbelievable, Extraordinary Mind-Blower”

My heartfelt thanks to Glenda Bixler at Book Reader’s Heaven for the amazing review! “ Normally my preference for SciFi is futuristic, having been a Trekkie since that show first appeared… But this book is quite different…and the emotional impact is far … Continue reading

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For The Love Of Words

I’m about to break one of my own rules. Every time someone famous dies, I’m usually quick to criticize people for making the death of a celebrity “about them.” It’s okay to take a solemn moment and reflect on a world … Continue reading

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An Autism Parent’s Review Of “NeuroTribes”

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I guess, technically, I’m an “autism parent.” I’m the parent of an autistic child, but that’s kind of where it ends. … Continue reading

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How I Got The Idea For “The Vault”

Sometime around 1981, when I was eleven years old, I bought Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of the movie Alien. It started with an interesting sequence, something not contained in the movie or in any version of the script that I’m … Continue reading

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If I Were An Immigrant

I moved to California twenty years ago. This is nothing like the type of immigration I’m about to talk about, but, no mistake about it, I was a stranger in a strange land. CA and CO are two very different … Continue reading

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“Alien: Isolation” And The Art Of Dying

Fear is holding me back. Most people can say this, but I’m at a crossroads in my life where it’s more apparent than it’s ever been. I’ve always been fearful. There’s a pit in the middle of my soul that … Continue reading

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“Left Behind” And The End Of Christianity

  So, Nicolas Cage, LoLo Jones, Jordin Sparks, a Muslim and an angry midget are on an airplane… Sounds like the setup to a joke, but happens in the 2014 movie version of  Left Behind, based on the bestselling series by … Continue reading

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Cops

So, on Monday evening while Baltimore was burning,  I had not one, but two encounters with South City’s finest. Most people have strong opinions about police: they’re either pigs whose sole purpose is to protect private property (you might as … Continue reading

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