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Meandering Monday about Sticks and Stones

When I was in Junior High, my Math teacher and I would tell jokes in class and rib each other about his Irish and my Italian ancestry. All done in jest and with no malice at all (heck, I’m Irish, too!)

(I can just hear the detractors now – “Of course there was no malice or insult – there’s no difference between Irish and Italians.” Really? You think that? I guess it’s just because we’re white (BTW – not all Irish or Italians are white; and even if they were, they aren’t the same, any more than ALL WHITE PEOPLE are the same.)

Racists… they don’t just come in one color, do they?

But back to my math teacher – can you imagine that nowadays? He would have been fired, my classmates would have had counseling, and I would probably have been sent to some sort of Sensitivity Training.

No, thank you – we don’t need any more sensitive people. It’s time we started training people up to be insensitive – at least to their own victimhood.

Whatever happened to “Sticks and stones may break my bones…?” We’ve raised a generation – well, generations, really – of over-sensitive wimps – you see them on our college campuses, hiding from words in their SAFE ZONES. Or thinking that BLACK HOLE is a derogatory racial term. Words have to be changed to keep the newly offensive at bay. From “retarded” to “special” to “challenged”. Or “handi-capped” to “disabled” to “differently-abled”. Or even “garbage man” to “sanitation engineer”. It’s gotten where you can’t throw words around without breaking someone’s fragile ego.

I don’t remember the last words to that saying being “but words will utterly destroy me.”

Just saying…


MutinyCoverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for “Mutiny on the Star-Bound”:

How would you like to be shanghaied to the stars? Does whether you’re human or not make a difference?

Martin Henshaw, a digital mechanic is tricked into a job with Transgalaxian, tending cybers far from home. But when he finds himself in the middle of a mutiny on the Star-Bound, Martin begins to wonder: who’s rebelling against whom?

This one started in my head with the opening scene, and it was fascinating to see where it took itself; a fun WRITE & a fun READ. Use coupon code YF28L to get 72% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until June 18th. Here’s the link:

“Mutiny on the Star-Bound” is also available in the collection – Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind.


Still trying to decide on the July 1st release – maybe “Mating Rituals.” We’ll see soon (we better.)


William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest Publication More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND, can be found in many places, including:




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  1. Pingback: Writing Wednesday: Writing Diversity | William Mangieri's Writing Page

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