Stop HATING on Thanksgiving … and America, and Me

Well, here it is, two goddamn days before Thanksgiving and people are falling all over themselves to shit on American history. I’ve just seen my third Facebook version of the old: “Oh, those poor Native Americans were so nice when they showed those evil Pilgrim assholes how to hunt and plant corn, and yet, wow, look how that backfired!”

Seriously?

Do people think all four hundred years of history happened in the same damn week?

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On Veterans Day – Thank You for the Freedom to Chase My Dreams

Grandpa Fred - Life Magazine 11-25-1940
John Frederick Andersen – my grandfather – Navy pilot (image from Life magazine, Nov. 1940)

As I sit here in my study this Veterans Day, writing sci-fi and fantasy like I usually do, it struck me how fortunate I am to be, well, sitting here in my study writing sci-fi and fantasy like I usually do. Something was bugging me as I worked—making stuff up, dreamy, silly stuff in the greater scheme of things—and I felt like I ought to write something else today. Continue reading On Veterans Day – Thank You for the Freedom to Chase My Dreams