On The Ground

October 10th, 2022 I just read an essay in which the writer was feeling paralyzed with fear because she felt as though she was living in the shadow of her audience’s expectations of her; she knows she can’t be the best of herself at all times, and people want to believe that you are theContinue reading “On The Ground”

Cold World is Here

June 2nd, 2022 Today is the day. I hope you’ll join me in giving a warm welcome to my eighth book, and my first full-length novel, Cold World. It is now officially for sale on Amazon as an ebook, paperback, and hardcover, and as a signed paperback on dennisvogen.com. I want to tell you everythingContinue reading “Cold World is Here”

The Outsiders

March 7th, 2022 People who belong uphold the status quo, both because it benefits them and because they can’t imagine any other way; the outsiders are the ones who push us ever forward. I often find the universe giving me simultaneous, overlapping examples of something I need to learn or remember, because I am aContinue reading “The Outsiders”

Everything Just Is

February 25th, 2022 There are bitter things in this world that we’d like to think have lost their taste. We are humans, look at how far we’ve come, a society that believes that we are post-what-we-used-to-be. See how we have evolved and that history has been written, the future not a reflection but a brandContinue reading “Everything Just Is”

Polaris

November 22nd, 2021 Sometimes I think I’m making a mistake. I’ve written a lot about how I think the world would be a much better place if everybody was more honest, in real life and on the internet here. I actively encourage it. But there’s the ugly side of that. There’s the moments that revealContinue reading “Polaris”

Eat Us

July 26th, 2021 The reason that modern youth seem so supremely defiant now is because at no previous time in human history has it been so apparent that adults have no idea what the hell they are doing. Adults used to be able to hide behind the fact that we didn’t know what stupid thoughtsContinue reading “Eat Us”

The Words Are All Made Up and The Points Don’t Mean Anything

July 1st, 2021 On my recent post about white fragility, someone commented “Your not white.” I think that is a terrific introduction to this essay about race itself. The commentator wasn’t wrong, necessarily: race is all made up. In Ta-Nehisi Coates’ brilliant Between The World and Me (if you haven’t read it, do; there isn’tContinue reading “The Words Are All Made Up and The Points Don’t Mean Anything”

The Bad Guy . . . Duh.

June 29th, 2021 Hi! I’m a white person, and this is a post about white fragility. If you’re a white person, I encourage you to come along. I’m not going to just throw things at you that you’ve heard before; no, as is my way, I’m going to share a deeply personal story about myselfContinue reading “The Bad Guy . . . Duh.”

Breaking Bad

April 20th, 2021 This morning I was cleaning out my phone (it feels five pounds lighter without all those Baby Yoda memes [remember Baby Yoda memes?!]) when I came across something that I obviously saved for a reason. It reads: “If you’re ever scared that you’re a bad person, remember that bad people don’t careContinue reading “Breaking Bad”

Legos on a Loop

April 15th, 2021 This is going to be a loaded post. I give you this warning ahead of time as a courtesy: if you’re having a nice day, just scrolling along, having funsies, I encourage you to continue on ahead unimpeded. Have a good one. If you’re still here: let’s do this. There is aContinue reading “Legos on a Loop”