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About rixlibris

Retired from child care photography after thirty years of coaxing smiles and wiping noses. Currently venting years of repressed fictional story lines via self-published novels. Married and still alive in a remote corner of Waller County, Texas.


“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” Mark Twain.  Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, 1897 The degree to which these words were true when Twain first penned them … Continue reading

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Lately we hear politicians and would-be presidential candidates describing climate change as an existential threat, a global crisis that has the potential to end life on earth if we do not alter nearly every aspect of how we live on … Continue reading

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The adults are disappearing from our culture.  While people are still going through the aging process, as we always have, an increasing number of us seem not to make the transition from virtual childhood to being functioning adults I have … Continue reading

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This space exists like a hole in the monitor’s screen, wanting to be filled.  Time was when it was a natural daily function to sit before the keyboard and record the thoughts of the day, hoping to stumble upon those … Continue reading

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The famous poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley presents a bleak view of past glory.  Lesser known is that this work resulted from a contest, as did his wife’s classic horror tale, “Frankenstein.”  Reprinted below are both Shelley’s version and that … Continue reading

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During a recent information overload I began to question the basis for defining reality.  Researching various descriptions of the term led to exacerbating the original condition but it also provided for a fascinating foray into something most of us take … Continue reading

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I have written in the past about the problematic aspect of definition creep, the insidious way in which the meaning of words can change over time while being used as if their original definition was still in effect. This will … Continue reading

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