I read. Fiction and non fiction. Science and philosophy.  Comics.

I think  (at least, I hope it’s thinking, and not just angsting, or rehashing).

I care about humanity, and worry about what we’re doing to this incredible world we inhabit so heedlessly.

I am in awe of the human spirit, of what people can do, the visions they can create, the love they can have for one another.

I am writing, hoping to be published. I strive to put these ideas, as well as my concerns and suggestions for alleviations, in my writing, hopefully without lecturing. Writing is also teaching me how to see and feel and think about what I observe.  Finding the elusive ‘right words’ to convey my impressions is an ongoing struggle.

For the rest, I am an adult female residing in Oregon, USA.  Bred and born Oregonian, I’ve lived all over the country, and in Hong Kong. But I always return, and unless I emigrate (Scotland? New Zealand? Finland?)  will endeavor not to leave again.

I love tea, chocolate, cats, and words. I try very hard to contain my enthusiasm so I don’t talk too constantly about what I’m writing and thinking about. While I’ll offer the basics, I always assume that if people want to know more, they’ll ask.

I really dislike putting information about myself out for the world. If you’re interested, sorry. If not, no loss then.


7 Responses to “About”

  1. erbdex Says:

    i cerify you as SUPER cool.

    Rock on!

  2. erbdex Says:

    Been so long. Really Really Really miss your super long awesome comments. Please come over, sometime.

    • mhilm Says:

      I have been visiting regularly. Will comment soon, but – be careful what you wish for! I can be excessively prolix.

  3. Anh Says:

    Hi mhilm,
    I am doing a synthesis essay for my English class and I would like to know if I could use your thoughts on ” Does Ignorance Make Us Happy” ? I would also like some more information about yourself for my essay as well to give credit towards your work. Thank you.

    • mhilm Says:

      I certainly don’t mind if you use my words. I appreciate your asking.
      What do you need to know about me?

      • Anh Says:

        I would like to know what is your occupation, what kind of research did you do that lead you to your conclusion, and did you attend college, if so what is the name?
        Thank you very much.

      • mhilm Says:

        I’m sorry. I can’t recall any particular impetus for this post. I know the immediate trigger for my thoughts was the accompanying comic. Other than that, this was a synthesis.

        I read several philosophy blogs, and denialism (especially climate change) was often mentioned awhile back. What is denialism but an attempt to pretend unpalatable facts don’t exist? Also skeptic blogs, and science blogs and journals. I know I’d been thinking a lot about the problem of religious views being imposed onto public domains, especially in terms of stifling scientific knowledge. The abuse and harassment of women. Politics. Keeping people ignorant is the easiest way to control them.

        Philosophy – morality. I’d been reading a lot on ethics for a novel I’m writing. What is an ethically concerned person to do when confronted with so many demands / conflicts? You can’t ignore them. So how do you maintain happiness in the face of so much that is, to say the least, unpleasant?

        And, obviously, personal reflection: thinking about the coping mechanisms I use to get by.

        I do not advocate ignorance.

        I have gone back to school this last year (in Oregon) to study creative writing (I am working on several novels with the above mentioned themes). My original degree was in English Literature from the University of Texas, but, obviously, I am actively interested in, and read voraciously in philosophy, science (pretty much any subject), psychology, history, and increasingly, women’s rights. I like to learn things.

        Not much help for you, I’m afraid. I do apologize.

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