DMT and D&D

I've been sitting on this post for years. Part of me really didn't want to write it. And as a non-drug user, I felt unqualified. But the story has been nagging at me, ever since a friend told me about his DMT experience. Now, I don't do drugs. Never have. I grew up in the 80's, with the "Just Say... Continue Reading →

The Giver

Lois Lowry's dystopian novel was awarded the John Newberry Medal for outstanding children's literature, though I found it too uneventful and dark for my 11 year old daughter, even after we agreed to add it to our summer family reading list. The Giver reminded me of other dystopian books, like A Brave New World, 1984, and The Hunger Games, but mostly of Kazuo Ishiguro's superb... Continue Reading →

Guns vs. Nudity: What is Truly Offensive?

Again I feel compelled to alienate potential readers with my stance on gun control. Both my brother and my best friend are card carrying members of the NRA, and yet I feel morally obligated to champion this cause, and the view held by more than half of all Americans. We are morally obligated to make it harder for criminals... Continue Reading →

The Destructive Power of Ego

You don't have to be a writer to recognize the destructive power of ego, but it helps. Ego has torn my family apart. I have one brother and two sisters. We were born into the restaurant business my father started forty years ago, but when we got together to form a franchise, which could have netted us... Continue Reading →

Thelana: Feminist Icon?

Can a totally naked heroine become a feminist icon? I can already hear the detractors, the angry feminists calling me out as a sexist. Their argument, I imagine, will go something like this, Thelana is the lead heroine in Nick Alimonos' fantasy epic, "Ages of Aenya," and she is everything we love to see in... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to Google: Naturism is Not Pornography

Dear Google,As you are more than likely aware, the Internet is the greatest advancement in human communication since the printing press. What sets this new technology apart is its capacity to disseminate information throughout every corner of the globe, instantly and without censure. This advancement has resulted in the sharing of ideas between people of disparate beliefs... Continue Reading →

JE SUIS CHARLIE and the Threat of Absolutism

The Prophet Mohammed?"I am Charlie," people are saying around the world, since the massacre of the twelve staffers who worked at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical Parisian periodical.I am not terribly political by any means, aside from my ritual viewing of The Daily Show and the late great The Colbert Report, but I have had first hand experience in... Continue Reading →

Sex, Marriage, and Morality

What is marriage? How has it changed between cultures, time periods and individuals? And what, if anything, does it have to do with love? However we choose to define it, morality is the glue that holds marriage together.  For decades, I have passionately argued that nudism does not = sex, and clubs like AANR (the American Association... Continue Reading →

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