* A fifties-something guy who’s been married to a
wonderful woman for over thirty years, and only now
coming to understand how powerful the grip of parental
and societal influence is in one’s life.
writing is about conflict – specifically, the conflict
that religious dogma can force into our life. The
dictionary says it this way: Conflict:
–verb (used without object)
To come into collision or
disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in
opposition; clash: [That
young man’s sexual desire conflicts with his religious
I’m not saying that I think belief in God is wrong, in
fact I would argue to the contrary. What I have come to
realize, though, is that when the views we’ve been
taught to embrace keep us from considering another’s
perspective, it can (will?) create conflict.
The aim of my stories is to expand narrow viewpoints.
Like anyone that writes, my own personal bias bleeds
through the ink, perhaps too often, but my over-riding
hope is that you can identify with the characters in the
stories well enough to find a perspective you may
currently find yourself in opposition to, and consider
its merit. A society of true tolerance can only be
achieved when all parties embrace this idea.
PS: I use non-drying ink when I write, so please send an
email with your own perspective.