Author Archives: Michael Spence

THRESHOLD: A really extreme makeover

There was, for a while, a nicely-done television series on Friday nights in the USA entitled Threshold, about a quasi-invasion strategy being implemented by extraterrestrials, and the “homeworld security” task force that was working to foil it. The extraterrestrials’ tool … Continue reading

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SERENITY and faith

There’s power in the ’verse — and the verse is Revelation 3:15 (Note: Fear not — I hate spoilers as much as you do, and if I’ve done this right there aren’t any here.) One person with a belief is … Continue reading

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You know you’ve made it when …

… Celestial Seasonings puts a quotation from your novel on a bag of its throat lozenges (T.A. Barron). … your music is used as the background for an erotic film festival (Milton Babbitt.1) … Reverend Fun uses your suggestion for … Continue reading

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When life didn’t go according to plan

So here you are. You’re getting older, and what’s happened to your life? Precious little, that’s what.

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Reflecting on Hurricane Katrina

My boss returned yesterday from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he helped to organize relief operations in Hurricane Katrina’s wake. Like other experiences of extreme conditions, the aftermath of the hurricane has shown us humanity at its best and at its worst.

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A weak moment

I can, therefore I am. — Simone Weil I once knew a woman like that. Man, the amount of zucchini, mincemeat, and rhubarb preserves she had stashed away in her cellar … What? Oh. Never mind.

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Bad reasons not to write

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. — Salvador Dali Would that I knew the context of this line, found in many quotation lists. In isolation it’s a good thought, enough so that I’m willing to risk … Continue reading

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Vintage literature

Placemats at local diners contain all kinds of strange and wonderful tidbits. Consider the following quotation found beneath the plates at The Nook in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, in an ad for the nearby Market Street Wineshop: Wine is, above all, … Continue reading

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Waiting for SERENITY

What you care about is the ships — and mine’s the nicest.— Kaywinnit Lee “Kaylee” Frye . . . and it was to have hit the screen today at A Theater Near You. But ’twas not to be, alas; the … Continue reading

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Valuing persons 3

Observation on the preceding article: What I’ve called “assigned value” shows up all the time in the pricing of merchandise. How much is commodity X worth? Answer: Not what the maker thinks it’s worth, not the cost of the materials … Continue reading

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