He Fell to Earth…

earth and space-david bowie

I woke up this morning after a particularly long sleep feeling refreshed. I turn on War Machine (my computer, yeah, I know, “so original”) and let her boot up as I grab my cup of coffee. It is going to be a good day. Then I get on Facebook and see the news: Ziggy has put his guitar down for good. Continue reading


Thank You And Let’s Keep Growing

I feel like Dori in Finding Nemo: “just keep swimming.” That is what I am trying to do with this blog: just keep writing. I will keep writing about social justice issues, I will keep writing about belief, I will keep writing fiction, and I will keep writing my poetry. I will continue to do this for my gratification, of course, but also because I hope you all enjoy it. I am assuming you do because HoA has passed an important milestone: 1000 followers. Continue reading

In The Lights

Shakespeare's Globe, London (rebuilt 1997)

Shakespeare’s Globe, London (rebuilt 1997) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please excuse my absence folks. War Machine has been a bit persnickety of late. Also, I have been working more at the bookstore thanks to the holidays and left very tired when not working. My body is getting used to the schedule though, and for the moment the computer is behaving, so hopefully I can get a post or twenty in yet this week. Because I do so love writing for all of you. I love discussing weighty issues with you. I love pondering new ideas. I love sharing my art. Finally, if I am to be frank, I kinda like the attention. Continue reading

A Death In The Family

Rest in peace

Rest in peace (Photo credit: specchio.nero)


With all due respect to my fellow comic book fans, this post will not be about Bruce Wayne and his extended, bizarre family. This death is in a different sort of pop culture family all together: the Griffin family. Yes, the Family Guy Griffin family. Spoiler alert in the next sentence, although I am pretty sure the entire internet already knows the news. Brian Griffin has shuffled off his little, cartoon, (not quite) mortal coil. This is actually much sadder news than I think most of us, especially fans of the show, realize.


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ODing on Testosterone

I promised at the beginning to the season that I would not turn HoA into a football blog. I am keeping that promise, at last today. I am not talking about records, or stats, or my love of the mighty Tennessee Titans. I am going to discuss a cultural problem that unfortunately rears its ugly head in the world of gridiron glory more than in most other places, and has done so very recently in the NFL. The problem is bullying, and it has come to light that it goes on between team mates even in the locker rooms of men who have reached the pinnacle of that sport, as demonstrated in the brouhaha between Miami players Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Continue reading

Book Love Part 1


books (Photo credit: brody4)

I honestly do not know if there will be a part 2 or beyond of this but I wanted to leave it open, because I like the title and may recycle it. I get to work in a bookstore now so I have books on the brain more than I usually do. September is banned book month, but we have left our display out for it well through October because it is an important issue. So I will probably get around to talking about banned books sometime, but not today. Today I want to talk about our first loves among books. Continue reading