Steve McEllistrem

The Devereaux Dilemma

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Freedom vs. Safety

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We all want to be safe. We want the military to keep us safe from terrorism; we want the police to keep us safe from criminals; we want the FBI to protect us from the mafia and other internal threats; … Continue reading

Perhaps

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I like dreaming Imagining things will someday be better than they are We will respect each other Listen to each other Resist judgment because we don’t know all the facts We’ll offer support and friendship And a dollar or two … Continue reading

Faith vs. Truth

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When we discover a “truth” we want to tell the world about it, for we are excited that we’ve learned this new thing and we want others to share our excitement. And sometimes, that’s a good thing. But sometimes it … Continue reading

Why Sports Matter

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I loved sports as a young man, cheering on the home team and playing several sports myself. I saw in athletics the joy of learning what my limits were – the pursuit of physical perfection even though I knew that … Continue reading

Cloning a Mammoth

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If we could clone a Woolly Mammoth, should we? The scientist in me says, “Yes, absolutely. Think how much we could learn about it – how it lived and interacted with its environment. And we could experience something that hasn’t … Continue reading

Kenny

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I never knew you. You lived across the street for twenty years, except for those times when the state incarcerated you. I saw you wander the neighborhood collecting other people’s castoffs, seeing value in their trash. A lawn mower with … Continue reading

Individual vs. Societal Rights

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When does a society have the right to tell an individual how to live his life? When does an individual have the right to tell society to leave her alone? Consider the case of a sex offender who has been … Continue reading

Where do characters come from?

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Characters can come from anywhere; they can be composites of people you know, derivatives of people you’ve read about or seen on TV, or wholly invented. But they will also be a part of you if they’re to be believable. … Continue reading

What is good writing?

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What is good writing? Is it brevity? Is it beautiful language that flows – a silky smooth river of words meandering downstream from the premise to the inevitable conclusion, swirling around obstacles in pretty whirlpools that delight, drifting ever further … Continue reading

Does Isolationism Work?

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With the Ebola virus hitting western Africa hard, there has been increasing talk of isolating ourselves from at least that part of the world. But should we? Many nations take a more isolationist approach to the world than the US. … Continue reading

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