What My Dad Taught Me

I last spoke to my father on Thursday, October 5, 2017. For the previous five years or so, we had spoken to each other nearly every Thursday while I drove home from work on my long commute. The last thing I said to him was, "I'll talk to you next week." "Okay," he said, and …

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俳句中文 – paiju zhongwen

Below is a Chinese haiku, or paiju zhongwen (俳句中文). I wrote this at a time when I was actively developing my knowledge of Mandarin. 这里是晚上。 现在她在做晚饭。 晚饭很好吃。 Here is the pinyin romanization of the characters above. Note the 5-7-5 syllable construction: zheli shi wanshang. xianzai ta zai zuo wanfan. wanfan hen hao chi. And finally, for …

First Kokinshu

This is a series of Kokinshu I wrote in 2009. Enjoy. 1 Gloomy, murky day Blustery, stormy, frigid, Untamed autumn child; Souls absent; creatures hidden; Humans harbored within nests. 2 Sun, shining upon Wind-blown water, ripples wave To nearby children; Chipmunks sprint atop fences, Heated quads welcome cold guests. 3 Inundated by Gusts of wind, gold; …

Watch Your Mouth: The F.C.C. Is Listening

In April, 2009, the United States Supreme Court upheld a ruling which allows the Federal Communications Commission to levy fines against broadcasters for fleeting expletives, despite the Commission's earlier assertions that such cases would be allowed under certain circumstances. This set the U.S. further down its dangerous path of excessive power granted to government agencies, …