It's a big world, and somebody should make sense of it! Jim Hull, author of THE VAMPIRE IN FREE FALL, will take you on Adventures of the Mind, pointing out interesting stuff along the way from his unique perspective. Bring your curiosity, an open heart, and ideas of your own to share . . . and be sure to keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times!

The Clumsy Courtship — a short story

February 7, 2016

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The first time he saw her was in the parking garage of their apartment complex. She lay on the concrete amid spilled grocery bags, her beautiful face strewn with ketchup, salad dressing dripping from her blouse. She looked up at him with an expression so lost and vulnerable, he fell in love instantly. He ran […]

Coach God Lays Down the Law — a short story

January 31, 2016

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Okay, people, listen up! It’s early in the season, and I want to set out the rules. Follow them, and we’ll get along just fine and we’ll be a great team— HEY, YOU TWO IN THE CORNER!! I’m talking! If you’re not serious, we don’t need you here.  …That’s better. Okay, where’s the team captain? Mo? […]

Syrians as Goths

January 24, 2016

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Either we’re going to solve this by realistic negotiation or there will be blood on the border. — Tom Metzger Stop me if you’ve heard this. Refugees from a country at war beg asylum from a nearby civilization. They’re allowed entry, but border guards take advantage of them, causing resentment. Once inside, some refugees demand autonomy […]

How to Be a Stoic — a short story

January 17, 2016

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What stands in the way becomes the way. — Marcus Aurelius The wind pushed a cloud of dust ahead of the advancing army. The first platoons rounded the corner of Main Street. People ran for cover — some to basements, some to the hills.  The young man saw his friend standing in the street, staring at […]

Quippy for Congress

January 10, 2016

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Politics is where the worst human instincts — anger, envy, paranoia, elitism, deceit, aggression — are encouraged as virtues. Angry people, like drunks, think they’re smart, but they have the mental capacity of morons. You can’t ponder when you’re mad, and politics is mostly about angry people arguing over who gets to use force on […]

Posted in: Humor, Politics

So Don’t Apologize

January 3, 2016

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Let’s say you’re at a party or a luncheon or a night club and you strike up a conversation with some people. At one point you manage inadvertently to say something that annoys one of them — a curse word, a compliment to a politician they despise, a cheer for a sports team they happen […]

Posted in: Humor, Society & Culture

A Gift of Wildness

December 20, 2015

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It’s almost irresistible to extract meaning from nighttime dreams. So clearly can they reflect our waking lives! They seem to speak to us from deep within, offering advice, ideas, even warnings. A dream about sex might signal loneliness, while one about money could make conscious a dawning sense of opportunity. Sometimes we’re even jolted awake […]

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