Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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The unpublished or the unread

Published on Monday 16. April 2018

The two largest categories into which most authors fall are, one, unpublished or two, unread. I fall into the second category but I might have fallen into the first category if, having given up trying to find an agent or publisher, I self-published. I have since wondered if I hadn’t given up so early, that I might have found a publisher. One reason that suggests that I should have held out longer was a quote in a letter of refusal from a major publisher: “We both felt your style was very Joycian.” Which brings me to my question and the possible resolution of my of my question, did I give up too early and maybe could have found a publisher. Here is where you come in, if I may be so bold as to ask for your help. Could you read my novel John, Waldo and Henrietta and share your comments with me? I realize that this might be a strange request, but it would help me as I have written another novel and wonder which route I should go, self-publishing or the long road of trying to find an agent or publisher. Thanks to any of you who could help me with this dilemma. A link to my novel can be found in my blog “A Respite in Difficult Times” on page three.

The American (D)ream

Published on Monday 9. April 2018

American live lives of unfilled dreams, dreams which have always been unfulfilable. America is not a country for middle class dreamers. And then in their anger and disillusionment, they pin their hopes on and give their votes to the very one who will ream them, you know where.

Good News, Bad News

Published on Monday 5. March 2018

If Richard Gates or any of the White House culprits throws Paul Manafort under the bus, he may soon have company in the presence of DJ (Dishonest John) Trump. If DJ knew about Manafort’s dealings with the Russians or Kushner’s dealings for that matter, it’s call the movers. That’s the good news because we’ll be rid of the most vengeful, deluded, lying, paranoid (even beats Nixon), divisive, deranged president in American history. But don’t pop the cork on the Dom Perignon. The replacement, Pence, Ryan and McConnell, will only hammer in the last nail in the middle and working class coffin ordered by Trump. When massive cuts hit Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Food Stamps, Planned Parenthood, etc. you can call the undertaker and sing Abide with Me for these classes. That is, unless we get out and vote this year and take back Congress. It’s up to us.

The Last Leaf to Fall

Published on Friday 5. January 2018

The leaves on the tree have begun to fall.
The winter of aging is upon us.
My family has lived to their 90’s.
I may live while the other leaves fall.
Will I be alone after all the leaves have fallen?
Alone to face the bleak winter of old age?
The last leaf to fall?

Or will I be an early leaf to fall?

Here is a song to accompany the poem:

The Last Leaf to Fall

A Democracy?

Published on Thursday 21. December 2017

In 1787, the United States became the first western democracy and a shining example for the rest of the world. That was then, but today one could make a case for the United States rapidly becoming an oligarchy. When the top 20% own 88% of the total wealth and the bottom 40% 0.4% then the direction becomes frightening clear. When the middle class, the foundation of democracy, is declining in numbers and many of those numbers vote for a person who is the prime mover toward oligarchy, then there is one more nail in democracy’s coffin. Then there is a free press which is the watchdog of democracy and it is trying its best to fulfill that function. But how many people seek their news in reliable sources such as the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, PBS etc.? When a large portion turn to Fox News whose “news” is conspiracy theories, half truths and lies acting as our fearless leader’s Goebbels or they confirm their worst prejudices through talk radio or racists internet sites, then how democratic is the United States? And if you had any doubts, a recent ranking of countries according to how democratic they are, placed the United States at number 21 and in the second group entitled, “flawed democracy.” And the flaw is becoming more and more evident. So where does that leave us? Well, that depends and how much we want to live in a democratic country.