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The Storm on the Horizon

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair. Imagine, if you will, an alcoholic who decides to start attending Alcoholic Anonymous to fight the deadly disease of alcoholism. The alcoholic knows drinking is unsustainable, wreaks havoc on all of the people involved … Continue reading The Storm on the Horizon

The People of the Rock

This was inspired by an exchange with John Pavlovitz Once upon a time there was a community called Waterica which was comprised completely of water. Everywhere you looked, there was nothing but beautiful, blue waves. Of course, beautiful water can also be dangerous, because just like you and me, the people of Waterica could only … Continue reading The People of the Rock

Why Children Need Magic

Full disclosure, I had no intention of being a parent. My sisters have wonderful kids, I visited extremely often, made a point of spending lots of quality time with them, and I found that very satisfying. Besides, I had a loving and devoted Beagle at home. Then, just before my 40th birthday, my daughter came … Continue reading Why Children Need Magic

Taking A Walk

I knew the moment I saw them that they were going to be talkers. As I rounded the corner, my in-laws’ dog Kody working to keep pace, I went ahead and pulled one of my earbuds out of my ear so that I could return the pleasantries of the day. Sure enough, when they saw … Continue reading Taking A Walk

The Final Curtain Call

I wasn’t supposed to be in the show at all. I was supposed to be on summer vacation. My daughter auditioned for two roles in the musical “Matilda,” got one of the roles she auditioned for, and my involvement was limited to dropping her off and picking her up. Given that the greatest joy about … Continue reading The Final Curtain Call

Beating Inflation 101

I have a very good friend who drives a ridiculous pick-up truck. He’s over 30, yet tricks this thing out like he’s a teenager whose dad is Jeff Bezos and he has unlimited money to burn. It has an embarrassingly loud engine, huge wheels, and performs like a dragster as he makes his way down … Continue reading Beating Inflation 101

The Truth About Abortion

Right now the story dominating headlines is, of course, the leaked Supreme Court memo indicating that come June, Roe vs. Wade will no longer be the law of the land. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked President Barack Obama from appointing centrist Merrick Garland to the … Continue reading The Truth About Abortion

Cell Phone Zombies?

When I was a kid my parents had some fairly strict guidelines for me as far as how much time I could spend staring at a screen. For a lot of my childhood there were no video games and smart phones were decades away, so it was mostly about television. I was allowed to watch … Continue reading Cell Phone Zombies?

The Truth About Gas Prices

For as long as I can remember I have had insatiable curiosity. When I don’t understand something I seek as many sources of information as I can find in my quest for understanding. Thankfully, and not coincidentally, my family has always been a great starting point. During the COVID-19 pandemic it was extremely helpful to … Continue reading The Truth About Gas Prices

A New Christmas Story

I recently broke down and added Paramount+ to the array of streaming services we have in our household. You see, I watched as one by one the Star Trek entities beamed up from Netflix to their new mothership and we finally hit critical mass. I mean, I have all the classic series on DVD, but … Continue reading A New Christmas Story

Sunrise, Sunset

For Roger Ingram on his 80th birthday. Last weekend I made something of a flying road trip from Dallas, Texas to Owensboro, Kentucky for my dad’s 80th birthday party. For a teacher in a district that struggles to find substitutes, that meant taking just one day off for a trip that meant an 11-hour drive … Continue reading Sunrise, Sunset


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