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ACADEMIC WRITING (1130) - Introduction - Contents - Outline - SCHEDULE: Week 1-5Week 6-10Week 11-14 - Higher Learning - Essay Structure - Marking - Rhetoric Intro & 3 Aims - 16 Strategies - Rhetorical Analysis Samples - Lord of War - Calvino - Gandhi - Evaluation - Boston Legal - Samples - Research - Texts: Misc - Mad Men - Cox - Notes // Music Description - Music Terms: A-L - M-Z // Boardwork

POETRY (1114) - Introduction - Contents - Outline - SCHEDULE: Week 1-7 - Week 8-14 - Higher Learning - Essay Structure - Marking - Essays - READINGS: Week 2-4Week 5-6Week 8-10Week 11-13Worksheets: Hamlet - Sonnet 116 - Romance - Ophelia - Ermita - Achilles - Rough Passages - Hallelujah - Lemonade //

STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS - How to Write About Literature: Six Categories: Preface - 1: Space2: Time3: Character4: Relationship5: Theme 6: Style - Writing About Music: Description - Terms A-L - M-Z - Analyzing Audio-Visual: Moulin Rouge! - Mad Men - Lord of War - Gandhi -Boardwork

Writings

The Pulse - a sci-fi fantasy novel (in progress) — Poems

Gospel & Universe - a multi-genre exploration of agnosticism

The Confused Astronomers of Babylon (fiction)

The Priest’s Dilemma (poetry & fiction)

Short StoriesThe Wink of the Simurg (criticism, in progress)

PhotosAbout Me

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The Pulse is an experimental novel (in progress) about the danger of talking to intergalactic strangers. The novel has many narrative threads and locations. A sense of the overall patterns can be found in the Chart of Contents.

Introductory Pages - Table of Contents (briefly annotated) - Chart of Contents - Characters (by location) - Glossary - Maps

Part One - Paris: The Actress - Paris: Equations - Italy: Di Parma - Lactar8: On Lactar8 - BC: Dinner Guests from Baulis Prime - BC: On Becoming Human - BC: In the Dark Water 1: The Subcircadian Homework Blues - BC: In the Dark Water 2: My Own Personal Rheinmaiden - Alberta & Fallar Ultima: Fairy Tales - Alberta: Quest - The Soul Star: The Hidden Star - Alberta: Seduction - Baulis Prime: The Ascendancy of Baulis Prime - BC: In the Dark Water 3: J. Alfred & the Weird Sisters - BC: In the Dark Water 4: The Prophecy of the Völva - Paris: The Academic - Paris: Probabilities - Baulopolis: Fractal Masters & Fractal Mystics

Part Two - Diopolis, Fallar Ultima: The Chancemasters of Die - Italy: Di Firenze - Alberta: And Carbunkle His Eyes - BC: The Stories They Told Themselves - BC: In the Dark Water 5: Back to Black - BC: In the Dark Water 6: Sailing Dangerously Toward a Thesis - NYC: Prophecy 1: The Political Climate - Paris / Tokyo: Lestatique - Alberta: Mirror, Mirror - The Allspace & Ovular 1: The Eggs of Cosmic Chance - The Great Void: Antiny the 23rd - BC & Vicino Lontano: At Sea - Florida & NYC: Jason & the Diplomat: Part 1 - Rome: Roma - BC: Still Waters - NYC: Prophecy 2: Fax Americana - Alberta: Prester John - Rome: Times New Roman - Florida & NYC: Jason & the Diplomat: Part 2 - Paris: Madame Dupont - Alberta: On Becoming Alien - Alberta: Güsfreude - BC Virus - Rome: Di Roma - BC: Alien Extraction - NYC: Prophecy 3: The Storm Troopers Return - Paris: All Shook Up - BC: Total Collapse 

Part Three - BC: In the New Beginning - Paris: Les Mouches - BC: En Route to the Old Cafe - Vicino Concordia: The Anunnaki - Paris: At First Sight - BC: Screen Time - Paris: First Contact - Fallar Discordia: The Condensation of Demon Saints - BC: Dear Matthew - The Soul Star: The Soul Star - Paris: Au Bord de la Seine - Vicino Lontano & the Soul Star: The Crazy Diamond - Fallar Ultima: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Alive - Alberta & the Soul Star: The Ties That Bind - The Soul Star: The Bind That Flies - Rome: In the Field of Flowers - BC: The French Maid - Alberta: The Monster in the Manor - BC: Of Sand & Salt - BC: The Baulomorphs Get It On - Vicino Concordia: On the Golden Hill - Part Four - NYC: From the Battery

GOSPEL & UNIVERSE explores agnosticism using prose, art, poetry, history, astronomy, religion, etc. It explores some of the ways we got to not knowing an ultimate truth, and some of the things that might follow from not knowing.

—— 1. The Sum of All Space contrasts our limited human perspective with the grand claims some make about universal Truth. — Location Cubed: Third Spinning Rock from the Sun — Competing Explanations — Cities of God — Dogma and the Stars — The Paradox of Infinity: The Chinese Sky — The Outer Reaches 1 — The Outer Reaches 2 — Two Poems: If Only 1: Bruno & Yeats — If Only 2: San Francesco d'Assisi —— 2. Religion explores the development and diversity of religion, monotheism, and Christianity. — In the Beginning: Myth and Religion — East & West 1 — East & West 2 — The Currents of Sumer 1: The WhoreThe Currents of Sumer 2: The FloodSystems of Dread Systems of Hope Abraham's Vice — Christianity: Agora Phobia — Currents of Christianity — Selective Grace — Aquinas & Dante — Primum Mobile — Don't Forget the Miller — Summa Post Theologica —— 3. Agnosticism argues that the open doubt formulated by Thomas Henry Huxley can help us to avoid dogma, both in religion and science. The Problem with Explanations — Two Sides of the Fence — Secrets and Mysteries — Agnostic Geometry — The Crystal Ball of Science — Veils — Gods & Souls — Versions of Deity — Mere Religion? — Churches of Thought —— 4. Saint Francis contrasts positive and negative tendencies in Christianity. San Francisco — The Baby and the Bathwater — Keeping Baby — Believe It or Else — The Cosmic Casino — "Open Your Heart" 1 — "Open Your Heart" 2 — CaritasHoly Dreamers — From Kerry to Crete — Beyond Whose Bourne — Canticle to the Stars —— 5: Almost Existential explores the precarious freedom of an agnostic perspective. Poor, Bare, ForkedDoctors of Revolt — The Status Quo — Hitler's Perfect World — Ontology Precedes Epistemology — The Permeable Self — Starbucking — The Readiness is All 

The Priest's Dilemma is a fictional account of a Parisian priest's struggle with the facts of science and history — in particular, the discoveries of evolution and cuneiform in the 1850s. Rivers of God  Pinpoints of Light  The Golden Triangle  Nineveh  Que Sais-je?  Priest & Pastor

In Italia: Gelatti Differences The Visions of Lucia: 1. Parma - 2. Florence - 3. Rome The Italian Who Was at a Loss for Words: 1. Pietro Parlante - 2. Claudia - 3. Clark Kent - 4. Vita la Dolce

The Wine-Dark Sea: 1. Jason - 2. Medea Misc. & Sci-Fi: Proust in the Morning Cloud Illusions The Girl Who Triptych of Doom The Madonna of Lactar8

The Wink of the Simurg (in progress) is a critical study of Salman Rushdie's early novels, focusing on his use of mythic and religious paradigms such as as the flight to Attar's Mount Qaf or the union of Parvati and Shiva on Mount Kailasa.

Photos & About Me

About Me: 1960—1980 - family in Alberta & Saskatchewan; Calgary, Paris, & Geneva - 1980—2000 - marriage, travels in Asia, & Vancouver - 2000—2020 - family, friends, languages, & travel

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