George HW Bush

Last Friday, George Bush sr passed away.

As someone who slowly became aware of politics during Bush sr’s tenure, I have conflicting thoughts on the matter.  How do you balance signing the Americans with Disabilities Act with his and Regan’s dismissal of the HIV epidemic that borders on genocidal?  How do you balance a man who got us into a land war we’re largely still fighting (Iraq) with a statesman who appreciated and even respected those who mocked and belittled him, like Saturday Night Live? Continue reading “George HW Bush”

RVA Shopping Guide

Got a reader in your family?  Want to get them some quality literature?  Or maybe some mid-tier literature?  Then look no further than the writings of Robert V Aldrich (me).

Do they like Deadpool, Fortnite, and zombie movies?  Give them a copy of Rhest for the Wicked.

Do they like Children of Men, Ex Machina, and Her?  Samifel is the order of the day.

Godzilla, Transformers, and Hunger Games?  RocKaiju is what they need.

Superheroes, cosplay, and comics in general?  Proton is the way to go.

All books are available as ebooks and in print.  Click the links above or get them wherever books are sold…wherever that is these days.


Happy Holidays!

Giving Thanks

It’s a rather off-week, isn’t it?  There’s a lot going on.  The post I had planned to share today feels rather…outdated already with the news that’s been coming out.  There’s a lot I want to talk about, want to address, want to air.  But I think we’ve all had enough of that, and there will be plenty of time for that next week.

So I’ll just say ‘I am thankful’.  Thankful for what?  Thankful to whom?  Details.  No trivial details, but details all the same.  I am thankful and I reflect on that more and more each day.  I encourage you to do the same.

With Thanksgiving the day after next, take a moment to think about the holiday and what you have to e thankful for.  Disregard the rather onerous origins of the holiday that is newer than motor cars and focus just instead on your life and all that you have to be grateful for.  Odds are, if you start counting, it is quite a lot.  Let that illuminate your coming year.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Stan Lee was the American dream.  The son of immigrants, he was born to modesty, grew to wealth, and made a million people smile along the way.  He never took himself too seriously and he respected what he did.  He spoke for those who had no voice, looked to the future, and left the world better than he found it.  His legacies are many but I hope the legacy of creating smiles and feeling proud of doing just that is never overlooked.

I never had the honor of meeting him, but I’ve known many who have and to the one, they all spoke of a man who was modest and pleasant and a delight.  He seemed encouraging and fun and kind.  As you scroll through social media and see people sharing their pictures and their stories of him, note how many of them show genuine, unguarded smiles.  Stan Lee helped create much of our modern world, in ways big and small.  He helped pioneer ‘the great hero as an ordinary person’ perspective of fiction.  He inspired.

Not a bad legacy, that.

RIP, Stan Lee.