a song to help remember the Orders of some common insects. Listen to the hymn of the milling ants The Hymnoptera of tireless labors Cringe at the bloated toadies, yuck! Of Blattodea, unwelcomed neighbors Dip in and listen to a private conversation Like a Diptera landed on the wall Or wonder why they lept at … Continue reading Sing a song of Orders
This is an article I wrote for Patients Rising about Peggy, who ended up requiring prior authorization for a drug she already had approval for. If you want to join the movement to fight for patient's rights go visit Patients Rising. And if you have a healthcare horror story to tell, reach out to me, … Continue reading Prior Authorization lands patient in hospital, twice!
It goes back to my childhood, upstate, when we'd visit my grandparents. One dark and rainy night (awesome set up, right?!) I was in the backseat of our Impala with my baby sister as mom and co-pilot dad escaped the Bronx. The rain was deafening on the car. We had already gotten off the flooding … Continue reading I love rainy days
Jim Sliney Jr 7/13/17 William Carlos Williams' "Spring and All" is a book of poetry ... but not a typical one ... if there is such a thing. From the very beginning of this book WCW made a strong point of overturning the public expectation of poetry. His first sentence is bizarre: “If anything of … Continue reading “Spring and All” – a response
a fragment of a short story I'm writing called "Everything Breaks" JJSjr “One way to think of it is like this,” he raised his gnarled hands and began to bend an imaginary piece of metal, “all metal has a limited number of bends in it. Every time you bend a blade or a paperclip, whatever, … Continue reading Fragment – “Everything Breaks”
by Jim Sliney Jr 6/10/17 Here I am studying for an exam. Behind me, one of my cats, Kal-El, meows near the food bowls. I turn. There's plenty of food. He just gets happy there. Biodiversity refers to the incredibly vast and partially charted variety of life on our world. Not just mammals, but insects … Continue reading Phenotypes, Genotypes and Kal-El
by Jim Sliney Jr WRITING SHOULD BE HARD WORK If you are not writing often and a lot then how can you expect to perfect your craft? The violinist plays the violin, often and a lot, and every note is a quest for perfection. How less writing? When I was small (that is, younger, I … Continue reading Writing should be hard work
This is a classic problem with young writers. They are too immature to know their own voice. As children we borrow the voices of others - we mimic, repeat, regurgitate. When I encounter that kind of writing in others, I get a similar unpleasant reaction and conclude, as much as they want it, they don't yet have their own voice.
I'm a writer. I'm a freelancer. I don't have a 9 to 5 job anymore. I go where the jobs take me. Sorry, I should be clear, I don't literally "go". I'm a writer. I do most of my work either at my home desk in my PJs or in my mobile office (that's what … Continue reading What Day Is It? – a freelancer’s pov
When I'm driving, and maybe my wife is asleep, I find myself looking into the woods along the roadway. Not staring, just glancing, enough to wonder what I can't see. Then my brain divides in two, and while one half drives, the other half wanders over fallen logs and low branches. My footfalls are relatively … Continue reading Filling in the Blanks