The Pretension of Calling Art Pretentious

This might be one of my biggest pet peeves: people calling art pretentious in a derogatory manner. Let’s look at the definition of the word: pre·ten·tious /prəˈten(t)SHəs/ adjective attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed. You know, pretense, as in to pretend, make-believe. Now, is that not the […]

Confessions of An Egg Candler

In the summer of my tenth year, circa 1963, I decided I needed a job. DC Comics had published more 10-cent superhero issues than coin prospecting under the sofa, riffling through Dad’s trousers, or keeping the change from grocery runs could support. Even if I tacked on a surcharge for embarrassing items like Modess or […]

Maturity: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

While there are some general overlapping societal views of what maturity is, maturity is a very culture-centric phenomena with a wide range of varying arbitrary rules and rituals for one to pass into “womanhood” or “manhood”, from culture to culture. Most people’s idea of what it means to be “mature”, ironically, is not very mature […]

My G.I.F.T for a Changed Future

As this month of July, 17th marks the International Day of a global icon, an epitome of valor, a selfless dreamer and a resonating influence that penetrated Africa and the world – Nelson Mandela; I present a coined concept of molding ourselves, especially the younger generation as G.I.F.T of change as Mandela did to make […]

The Crime of Illness in a New Age Family

While terms like “transformative,” “integral,” and “evolutionary” now prevail, in the 1970s and ’80s, and a while in the ’90s, “New Age” and “New Thought” were the common terms and many said them without scorn. My father wouldn’t have called himself New Age because of the associations with going feral, having wild fun, wearing non-traditional […]