Captain’s Blog, Stardate 3.14159265

Years ago, Avery Brooks (who will forever be Cmdr. Sisko to me) did a truly awesome commercial for IBM, one that still prompts me to occasionally exclaim, “I was promised flying cars!” The point was that, when people look into the future, they see today’s technology modified for the future, not the invention of whole … [Read more…]

End of Technical Difficulties

The WordPress 2.5 upgrade is complete! As readers, you probably won’t notice any difference. As bloggers, xJane and I will experience huge differences in the admin/posting user interface. However, if you do encounter a problem, please let us know right away!

Blogroll Updated (sort of)

Instead of blogging today, I tried to do a bit of long overdue housecleaning around Mind on Fire.  I’ve added a variety of relevant links to the right (under the tag cloud).  If you’re a regular commenter and I’m missing a link to you, please let me know. It’s too late to write a serious … [Read more…]

Mind on Fire’s New Editorial Vision.

I find it helpful to think about my connection to Mormonism like a relationship with a former lover–a sometimes overbearing, demanding and perhaps abusive partner who was also often sweet and supportive. The long-lasting affair was complicated, but in the end, it was good for me to move on. This metaphor also helps me to … [Read more…]


Novembers and change go hand-in-hand here at Mind on Fire. Two Novembers ago, I resolved to make a new spiritual path for myself, and I ritually un/de/re-baptized myself one cold evening in the Pacific Ocean. I began the OC Pilgrimage not long after. Last November, our family completed our exodus from the LDS Church. This … [Read more…]

Pushing the Extremes of Geekiness.

Miko and John Originally uploaded by mind on fire Apologies *insert kowtowing here* for my recent lack of posting. I’ve been pouring all of my creative energies into cooking (French and in-season), and I’ve had little spare time or stamina left over for writing. I am nothing if not subject to sustained bursts of creative … [Read more…]


If you’re reading this, then you’ve wound your way through the proper tubes to Mind on Fire’s new server! I wish the change could be more visually dramatic, but I’m happy that things went so smoothly (to quote Fergie, “you don’t want no drama”). The actual move of data (posts and comments) and WordPress was … [Read more…]


I’m moving Mind on Fire to a new hosting service over the next few days. There will probably be some downtime when I point the domain to the new server. Also, any comments submitted during this time may not get moved to the new server. I’ll let you all know when the process is complete. … [Read more…]

Making Connections.

I made a couple of blog-related connections today. Someone whom I have long respected (professionally and personally) stumbled on the link and kindly took the time to tell me how some of the things written here had touched their life. Later, I had lunch with kindred spirit Elaine Frei (who generously contributed the guest post … [Read more…]

Call for Guest Posts.

I’ve taken a serious look at my schedule for the near future, and between various crises at work and the grad school assignment build-up as I approach the end of the semester, I’m going to have to cut back on my blogging for the next two months. I promise not to go away–it’s emotionally trying … [Read more…]

MoF Musings.

My posts have been a little sparse and fluffy for the past week or two (I feel like I’m describing someone’s hair loss). This is a break in my consistent posting for the past few months, and I feel that I owe you all an explanation. First of all, life is crazy; one of my … [Read more…]