Salt on Our Skin


“In these days of verbal inflation, when words fall out of fashion as fast as our clothes, we have only grubby obscenities rendered meaningless by constant repetition.” Benoite Groult “Salt on Our Skin”


When I hear the language of casual conversation spoken today, I think about this passage from Benoite Groult’s novel, “Salt on Our Skin,” published in 1988. It seems to me that obscenities that mean nothing have become the norm for filling out everyday conversation.

Artificial intelligence no match for human intelligence

Machines are stripping away humanity in much the same way social media and texting have stripped away our personal communication skills. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against technology. I just believe that it should be used as a tool we control instead of it dictating our lives.

Used to be life was simple but hard. Now it’s complicated and easy. Used to be we lived in a real world where real people worked out real problems. Now we live in an empty, artificial programmable world where nothing is real nor honest anymore.

Let’s face it: We’re dumbed down and turned lazy by technology that supposedly makes life easier for us. It controls our homes, runs our cars, monitors our health. Our problems have been turned over to machine to fix. We have apps that perform every conceivable function for us, virtual assistants—Siri and Alexa—that give us advice.

Now with the advances in artificial intelligence, science fiction has become real life.

Artificial intelligence is defined as the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. In other words, it’s intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans and other animals.

Yes, we’re turning the world over to machines, and we’re turning jobs over to them, too. But not all jobs.

A recent TopTenz post identifies 10 jobs artificial intelligence can’t take away from humans. They are:

  • Authors
  • Fashion designers and tailors
  • Psychologists
  • Doctors
  • Musicians
  • Police officers
  • Judges
  • Art teachers
  • Pro athletes
  • Clergy

The jobs listed here have a few common traits that indeed separate humans from machines. They are:

  • Creativity—the ability to use our human imagination to develop new and original ideas or things.
  • Empathy—the ability to identify with and understand another person’s feelings.
  • Sympathy—the ability to share another person’s feelings.
  • Judgment—the ability to determine right from wrong.
  • Passion—the ability to show emotions.

We must remember that artificial intelligence is not natural. It’s contrived, simulated, and will never replace human intelligence, no matter how cool it might seem.

We must remember the great things humans have created and remember today’s machines were created by humans.

We must remember that we are humans and machines are tools. We must remember that we control our lives, and we must regain control of our lives or we risk creating a world gone astray.

Photo by Andy Kelly on Unsplash

What’s a good story?

What makes a good story? Ever wondered why a story pulls you in and keeps you engaged until the end? Roz Morris identifies five qualities of a brilliant story.

I write a lot of posts about problems with book drafts. But isn’t it just as important to look at the positive? If we listed the qualities of a brilliant read, what would they be? (Plus, I think we need a feelgood post.) So, as I sit here on Sunday morning in London with an hour […]

via 5 qualities of a brilliant story — Nail Your Novel

Free Books Waiting For You

I just logged into my Amazon account to see how many books I haven’t sold. Looks good.

Since so many folks are snowed in these days, I decided to run a promotion on my books. Between January 12-16, you can grab any of my books on Amazon (Kindle) for free. I only ask that you consider reading them and let me know what you think. If you want to do a review on Amazon or Goodreads, that’s OK. I would appreciate it, but no obligation.


“Things I Remember”

“Finding What’s Lost”

“The Reality of Being Lovers”

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Good reading and stay safe this winter.

A six-word story inspired by Hemingway

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway won a $10 bet with friends by writing the six-word story, “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” Nobody can verify whether this event took place or not, but I like to believe it did and was inspired to write my own six-word story:

For Sale: One Typewriter. Never used.

For more on Hemingway’s six-word story mystery, go to Hemingway’s Six-Word Story .

EH 6-Word Story.