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I’ve got an opportunity for writers of all stripes who listen to this program.

I’ve been making The View from Planet Nancy for almost a year now, cooking it up in my living room and uploading it via satellite. Right about the time I get to feeling like enough is enough already and decide to quit, somebody will tell me how much they liked one episode or another and I think “Gee Whiz….there’s still this I haven’t talked about yet, or that…” and whaddya know, I keep living inside the everyday miracle of The View from Planet Nancy, and how it all keeps going.

But I really do get tired of the sound of my own voice. And the sound of my own thoughts, my typical way of reacting to everything. I’d like to open up this forum to some voices and some ideas besides my own.

And so, my fellow writers–what’s on your mind? What’s on your desk? Send something in, up to 300 words, and see if I don’t just read what you have to say on the air.

Go to, and upload your work as a comment to any of the posts that you find there.

What should you write about? Scroll around in the archives and you’ll get an idea of the kinds of things that grab my attention.

Storytelling and information. I want to know what science is, how it works and why we have it.

Religion is always interesting. Theologian Riffat Hassan says that if you are interested in the oppression and foolishness enacted in the name of religion, you should know that a social argument cannot ever trump a theological argument. Only a superior theological argument can do that. So it’s worth it to know where these theological arguments come from. There are so many ways to read the Garden of Eden story, for instance. I’ve been reflecting lately on the Prodigal Son, the shephered and the sheep–all those back-to-the-fold stories.

All the iconic stories are suspect, it seems, not just the religious ones. Read Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, and watch all the great figures of the American Heritage turn into tinker toys and fall apart. And where does that leave us?

These are interesting and worthwhile things to think about.

So is gender.

Perhaps you’ve had your worldview jangled by travel. Or art.

What’s there to learn about language and communication? How do we talk? What do we say? What good does it do us? Where do writing, gesture, and showing each other pictures fit in? Are there languages we can’t speak? Is there talking we don’t hear? Can science wrap itself around the phenomenon of language?

And then there’s this whole confusing business of making our way in the world–our expectations, our choices, how it’s turning out, our relations to others, who those others are… There is so much to learn and know and think about. Are you writing about it?

This is my call to writers who do write about these things. Send something in. Up to 300 words. Paste it into the comment box. Let’s get some of your thoughts on the air.