Essay

Let’s Get Political; Let Me Hear Your Wisdom Talk!

Yes, this headline is a parody of the vacuous 1981 Olivia Newton John hit song, Let's Get Physical. And yes, this might be a questionable way to headline the most serious-as-a-heart-attack post I've ever attempted to write. So maybe a better title to this, my gut-reaction to the recent, sickening news coming out of Charlottesville, Virginia… Continue reading Let’s Get Political; Let Me Hear Your Wisdom Talk!

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Essay

On Peace, Justice and the Unjustified Opinion; Love Thy Hater

As I write these words, CNN is airing video footage of the Deadly Clashes at Racist Rally, while all over social media people are publishing their opinions. Some of those opinions are justified, while many, from both left and right, are unjustified and morally reprehensible. It breaks my heart that in Charlottesville, Virginia, the expression of opinion… Continue reading On Peace, Justice and the Unjustified Opinion; Love Thy Hater

Tracy Lee Karner
Essay, Fiction

Who does and does not read literary fiction?

In essence, the best Genre Fiction contains great writing, with the goal of telling a captivating story to escape from reality. Literary Fiction is comprised of the heart and soul of a writer’s being, and is experienced as an emotional journey through the symphony of words, leading to a stronger grasp of the universe and… Continue reading Who does and does not read literary fiction?

Essay

Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things and Democracy

Did you ever try to write a poem attempting to capture a mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart encounter, sitting up half the night conversing with a brilliant person / kindred spirit, your heart bursting with a sensation of music, moonlight and the mystery of existence all mingled together? Don't bother; it's impossible to put into words. I've recently been savoring essays… Continue reading Marilynne Robinson on The Givenness of Things and Democracy

Essay

Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.

It's been 16 months --almost the duration of two full-term-pregnancies--since I left the blogosphere. It's been an Beyond the Looking Glass wild kind of adventure. Please forgive my mysterious non-disclosure about the details behind my disappearance. I'm keeping them quiet for 2 reasons: It's too freshly painful to recount sensibly and sensitively--memoir needs a lens of distance to achieve objectivity; And more… Continue reading Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.