About the Writer

Who in blazes is Justine Graykin, anyway?

You may ask, “So, what’s a free-lance philosopher, anyway?”  Quite simply, a philosopher is just somebody who loves finding out stuff, who’s curious about how the world works, why people do what they do, and what makes a good life. As for the “free-lance” bit, well, “free” is the operative word.

I observe, I reflect, and I write. Sometimes it comes out as the kind of post you’ll find on this website. Sometimes it manifests as fiction. More on this at “About the Writing.”

Like many of us, I view both politics and religion with a kind of fascinated horror. Learning how to peaceably coexist has been the challenge.  I am sustained by a deep and abiding faith in Science and Humanity (well, Science, anyway) and by the belief that humor is the best anti-gravity device.

I’m also known by my alternate identity, mild-mannered librarian and regular columnist for the Concord Monitor, Mel Graykin.  I live, write and putter around my home in rural New Hampshire, occasionally disappearing into the White Mountains with a backpack.

Although I am limited by neither subject nor genre, I do a few SciFi/Fantasy conventions, mostly in the New England area. I find them most entertaining.  Details of my adventures are in (Un)Conventional.

You can contact me by email  (jgraykin@gmail.com) and find me on FaceBook.  Sorry, I don’t Tweet.

6 responses

2 10 2015

Enjoyed your article “Place in Time” in yesterday’s Monitor. Lovely piece.

2 10 2015

Glad you liked it. Sometimes a story just writes itself.

4 05 2016

Wednesday 04 May 2016

Excellent article, The Blame Game, in today’s Concord Monitor! Very thought provoking. Thanks Justine.

4 05 2016

You are quite welcome. It is my goal and purpose to provoke thought.

5 05 2016

in the blame game your words are clear. your statements are direct. i wish the largest problems we face could be dissected so easily. cause and effect are difficult to determine when the causes and many, and obscure; and the effects are indirect and might take years, or centuries to appear. and even then might be ascribed to a myriad of other cycles of cause and effect. .

blame is the easy was to go. and for some, gives pleasure.

5 05 2016

Determining cause and effect is an intellectual exercise which, as you so rightly point out, is difficult, complex, and often can give only partial or tentative answers. Blaming is more visceral, more emotional. It is satisfying to find a scapegoat and rage against them. It appeals to a baser part of our nature. Human beings, especially when outraged by some injustice, want immediate gratification. How many times are the police pressured to find a suspect and convict them quickly, whether they are truly guilty or not?

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