Assorted Opinions: Hate for You, Hate for Me

    Hate for You, Hate for Me         I had the wrong idea about gossip. I thought people sowed hatefulness by putting a bad name on someone; accusing another of having done something:   “Look out, he’ll steal your lunch.” “She smokes in the bathroom.” “His resume is a joke. He […]

The Yellow Press: William Randolph Hearst

  The Yellow Press A mini-bio of William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951)   America’s most recognized name in newspaper barons, W. R. Hearst, was also an active figure in politics; a collector, a real estate investor, a media mogul, who came into public life opininated and headstrong at twenty-three, with […]

Assorted Opinions: The Green-Eyed Monster

      Assorted Opinions: The Green-Eyed Monster           On a bad family vacation in 1989…a time when my father was, for some reason, going through a Rush Limbaugh phase…we (as people who have bad family vacations do) were tussling over the radio. If it had been pop music, I’d have […]

Assorted Opinions: A Cross Between

Posted by ractrose on 18 Jun 2018 in Essays

    A Cross Between             As Torsade’s mission in part, is always to stand for misfits and outsiders, and to help in any way possible disassembling the bullies’ toolkit, the serious question of humor keeps cropping, and needs addressing analytically—whenever we see another rearing-of-the-head, of: “My offense was only […]

Assorted Opinions: Dashing Off

Posted by ractrose on 8 Jun 2018 in Essays

          Assorted Opinions Dashing Off         “Burial at sea…has always been her ‘wish’,” the captain said.   Here is an opener that would make it hard to quit reading. And why? The mystery is in the punctuation. Content creators often have rules that represent a house style, implying […]

Assorted Opinions: What Can You Laugh At

Posted by ractrose on 23 May 2018 in Essays

    What Can You Laugh At Only joking   We seem to live, these days, in the “it takes one to know one” era. Those most likely to taunt others, with a motive of dominance, silencing, or plain cruelty, or to openly aggress on them with nothing that lives in the neighborhood of humor, […]

Adventures in Research: Garfield Edition

Posted by ractrose on 21 May 2018 in Essays

      Adventures in Research: Garfield Edition   I’m currently writing All Bedlam Courses Past, the sequel to A Figure from the Common Lot. In Bedlam, the assassination of President James A. Garfield, (shot July 2, 1881, died September 19), bears on the characters’ lives…and the interest, for me as author, is in those aspects […]

Assorted Opinions: Personal Territory

Posted by ractrose on 4 May 2018 in Essays

Personal Territory: Some Environmental Don’ts             But not of the scolding variety.       If you have a little patch of yard, or a double-sized lot, or some rural acreage, you can help the planet by employing tactics that are as easy as doing nothing. Yes…exactly that.     […]

Assorted Opinions: Unnecessary Words

Posted by ractrose on 27 Apr 2018 in Essays

Assorted Opinions One Size Fits None         Have you ever felt that when a celebrated author flouts Strunk and White-ish dos and don’ts (such as passive voice, adverbs, use of), her trailblazing gives hope to the little people? (And every time you’re told not to do something, isn’t it the thing you’ve […]

Advice for Misfits: The Snobberies

Posted by ractrose on 17 Mar 2018 in Essays

  Advice for Misfits The Snobberies and the Scenarios  Intro:       Change comes about when complying with a new idea is more rewarding than defying it. The reward may be pure gain (spring-cleaning your closets to earn a few bucks at a yard sale). Or, procrastination may reduce reward to alleviation, of nuisance […]