Archive for the 'Writing' Category

RAIF BADAWI MAY NOW FACE DEATH PENALTY…

March 3rd, 2015

Note: newer, but less vital stories do appear lower down. Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who was sentenced to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, now faces being beheaded for renouncing the religion, his family have said. They claimed to have learned of attempts within the Saudi judicial system to have […]

250 YEARS OF SLAVERY. 90 YEARS OF JIM CROW.
60 YEARS OF SEPARATE BUT EQUAL.
35 YEARS OF STATE SANCTIONED REDLINING

March 1st, 2015

As I noted earlier, I come to this story late. I am also finding the brilliant writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates daunting, dense and deceptively easy to read. Any young, or old journalist, might aspire to this level of mastery and be gratified in the attempt. Coates follows the punch line of his stories head—The Case […]

STAYING ANALOG, PAPER STILL COUNTS…

February 23rd, 2015

I have continued to go analog in many aspects of my life, but I still find the digital component important for sharing information through Have Coffee Will Write, The Writing On The Wal and emails. When writing fiction I still have my IBM Selectric II for first drafts, but I find my brain moves too […]

HCWW’S THE WAY OF THE WRITER

February 21st, 2015

I rediscovered these principles in my archives yesterday while searching for an unrelated post. I believe I wrote the original in 2003. After more than 10 years I have forgotten a great deal. The Five Principles Of The Way of the Writer No. 1 Write. Source: You don’t have to go to school to be […]

BE AT PEACE AND THE WORLD MAY BE AT PEACE…

February 20th, 2015

[I]t’s crucial for you to find a way to practice peace. Even if you can only do it in a very restricted manner, it will help you survive. It will help you nourish hope. So I think it’s very important not to allow ourselves to be carried away by the feeling of despair. We should […]

THE TWO REALITIES YOU MUST KNOW ARE…

February 16th, 2015

An economist walks into a bar. This is a true story; it’s 2002, the bar is the Lava Lounge in LA, and the economist is an academic named Glen Whitman. He gets chatting to a fellow patron and mentions his line of work. “So,” asks the stranger, “what are the Two Things about economics?” “Huh?” […]

CHARMING WORDS FOR NASTY PEOPLE…

February 15th, 2015

Ruffian, Scalawag, Knave, Rapscallion, Reprobate, Cad, Scapegrace, Hooligan, Scamp and Wretch. Which would you prefer to be called? Which would you prefer to be?

WRITING IS OUR INSIGHT MADE MANIFEST…

February 14th, 2015

The best thing we can offer to the world is our insight. To live our life in mindfulness and with concentration is to continue to produce insight—for our own liberation, healing and nourishment, and for the liberation, healing and nourishment of the world. p. 99 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh […]

BAD ENGLISH, BAD…! BAD…!

February 13th, 2015

That any of us can speak American (see comment No. 1 below), let alone read and write the horrible mess, however improperly, is a miracle. Luba Vangelova—against what I know will be a tsunami of I speak, read and write American just fine, thank you very much language apologists—makes the case that our convoluted spelling […]

WHO GETS TO TOSS THE FIRST WORD…?

February 12th, 2015

So why adopt error-hunting mindset? Simply because “it feels more authentic when we condemn error and enforce a rule… what good is learning a rule if all we can do is obey it?” Anger delivers ego-enhancing pleasure; so does strengthening the boundaries of group membership—and carping about language is far more socially acceptable than explicit […]

HOW TO FOIL THE PLUMBERS…

January 29th, 2015

People often tell reporters things their employers, or their government, want to keep suppressed. But leaking can serve the public interest, fueling revelatory and important journalism. This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: TED ‘EXCUSES’ DIADIUN,
THE PLAIN DEALER’S EXPLAINER-AWAY…

January 28th, 2015

Deception comes in many forms. It’s time to talk about Ted Diadiun. Or better identified as “Mr. P. D. Excuses”. A fake ombudsman for Plain Dealer readers. And believe me, he’s good at it. I have to admit. I think he could rationalize a murder as “all a little misunderstanding,” for the paper if he […]

DOWN A MODERATION RABBIT HOLE…

December 8th, 2014

About two years ago I began regularly reading The Guardian and leaving comments on the occasional story. In June of last year I was made a comment on a Steve Bell cartoon. (I don’t recall the exact comment, but I believe I made some reference to the image on the wall behind President Obama, and […]

WHERE I GO FROM HERE…

November 22nd, 2014

2004 me and 2014 me… I’ve invested a great deal of time in recent weeks considering the questions about the next part of my journey as a novelist and journalist, and where I want to take my blogs Have Coffee Will Write and The Writing On The Wal. Back in 2005, Cleveland alternate news weekly […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: IT’S SO GOOD TO BE
ATTACKED, TO BE WHACKED BY FLACKS…

November 17th, 2014

I have been attacked! Whacked by a flack no less. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be attacked by a paid flack who was a big Pooh-Bah publisher and editor. My critic is Brian Tucker the former publisher for Crain’s Business Review, a pro-business weekly. His ad notes, After 25 years […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: WHY EXPECT NEWSPAPERS
TO BE BETTER THAN THE REST OF OUR SOCIETY?

November 11th, 2014

[Note: due to time constraints, the copy below has not been fully formated or copy edited. JH] The latest episode in the Plain Dealer history of shortchanging its readers by the removal of the taping of the single meeting of the Ohio gubernatorial candidates is hardly the first instance of corruption of a free press. […]

HAVE COFFEE WILL WRITE: THE BLOG
9 NOVEMBER 2004—9 NOVEMBER 2014…

November 9th, 2014

On 17 July 2002, there was Have Coffee Will Write, the website… Some 27 months later came Have Coffee Will Write, the blog. Gone thinking if I want to do this for another 10 years or no…

VACLAV HAVEL ON THE POWERLESS: PART VI H…

November 8th, 2014

The fact that human beings have created, and daily create, this self-directed system through which they divest themselves of their innermost identity is not therefore the result of some incomprehensible misunderstanding of history, nor is it history somehow gone off its rails. Neither is it the product of some diabolical higher will which has decided, […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

November 8th, 2014

TODAY’S MARIETTA TIMES FRONT PAGE Today’s headlines include: Local News After the military Early gift shoppers stroll city Marietta man accused of rape for contact with girl, 7 Devola man accused of kidnap, assault Museum fundraisers Top Headlines Poll: How would you assess job opportunities for today’s graduates? Great pictures of Marietta… What’s going on […]

ON THE SUBJECT OF GENIUS…

November 7th, 2014

For sometime I have had my personal aphorism on the subject of genius—Genius is doing the work… Now!—taped to the top of my laptop screen. I’ve even gone so far as to have the copyrighted phrase printed on pencils that I both use and distribute to my students. This morning I was reminded of another […]

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