David A Olson

Magical Music

Magical Music

Music is an anesthetic. ~Yusef Kumuyakaa Music is an anesthetic and a stimulant. A calmer and an exciter. Music has the ability to amplify and attenuate a person’s mood. It swoons of love and drives people to a hateful nationalistic fervor rationalizing the invasion of sovereign nations. It unites a group while inciting to divide […]

To Do or Not To Do?

To Do or Not To Do?

Emiliano Zapata is a man of silences, someone who talks by keeping quiet. ~Eduardo Galeano Silence has a sound. Silence is stronger than words. Each of us speaks louder in well chosen silences than when we scream at the top of our lungs. Every silent action speaks volumes, speaks more eloquently than the grandest soliloquy. […]

The Pretend Patriotic Fervor of Boomers Disgusts Me

The Pretend Patriotic Fervor of Boomers Disgusts Me

There should be a law! If you support a war, you must go. And your children must go. Otherwise, you’re a hypocrite and will be imprisoned for murderous hypocrisy. ~Tim O’Brien The only law that could keep a country out of wars designed to boost the egos of little dick leaders would be that they […]

When Evil Ascends the Throne

When Evil Ascends the Throne

I think if you’re impregnated with good literature, with good culture, you’re much more difficult to manipulate, you’re much more aware of the dangers that powers represent. ~Mario Vargas Llosa We the people tend to elect the least common denominator to public office because we are a nation choosing to watch TV rather than crack […]

Epitome of the Illogical

Epitome of the Illogical

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. ~Juan Ramón Jiménez Blank pages never intimidate me. They are a cynosure, barren landscapes beckoning my pen, thirsty to drink my ink that giggle with every stroke leaving a monochrome tattoo. Ruled pages, on the other hand, are terrifying, overbearing, depressing to my creative tendencies.

A Petulant Child Needs Disciplining

A Petulant Child Needs Disciplining

The only things that the US has given the world are skyscrapers, jazz, cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails. ~Federico García Lorca I have behaviors I’ve lived with for so long I no longer realize they exist, no longer am slapped by their discord with the […]

Sacrificing Souls for Profit

Sacrificing Souls for Profit

I have always been on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace. ~Federico García Lorca My ethos is to align with the underdog, to empathize with the have-nots, the marginalized, the oppressed, similar principles on which the natal USA espoused when […]

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