The Hinge My six children—age 16 to 27—are no longer fragile. Their eyes are clear, their limbs strong; they parade through the world like young mustangs, their young in tow. It is Thanksgiving and I glory, for some reason, in it being on a Thursday. The world closes down shop, rolls down the steel cage..
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A Million Truths, Randomly Held Aloft by Fools.. In this interval of time, where opposing political tribes shield their own gropers with one hand and spear enemy pervs with the other, my mind settled upon Kathy Griffin. She has morphed, physically, into a kind of evil Howdy Doody doll, looking as though she were taking..
Al Franken, Lust, and Public Scrutiny I was a guest at a “great man’s” home in Newport Beach years ago. The man, (we will call him “Charlie”), had just returned from a wedding, and he was amused by an awkward toast given by a friend. “So there he is,” Charlie observed, laughing at his memory,..
A Soft Answer Drives Away Wrath, but an Oblique One? That Gets Nuclear I’m learning, late in life, the tremendous power of the southern style “Bless Your Heart” polemic. Unlike FaceBook, which at least marginally makes you look like a real person, Twitter has a very anonymous vibe, and people allow their inner maniac to..
In which your correspondent — with nothing but the BEST of intentions — tried to help young actresses know what to wear on what occasions. I’ve always had sort of a crush on Elizabeth Perkins, and I thought her fashion decisions here represent a kind of guide to how to dress on which occasions. As..
Women Do Lie, Folks.. Shortly after the birth of my first child, I became passionately and adamantly pro-life. For me this meant I was passionately anti-abortion as well. I was in my late twenties, even more unsparing in my rhetoric than I am now, and excited to have a place on CompuServe discussion groups where..
It’s a Small World After All, with a few nasty bugs.. YouTube can more or less read my mind, but that’s really nothing more, technically, than an observation of the Patrick Henry wisdom I impart nightly: “I know no way of judging the future, but by the past.” That means Tucker Carlson updates, Jonathan Winters,..
We tend to get better at the easy, largely technical stuff. We do our math homework first, and then settle in for a long frustrating night of trying our hand at a sonnet. There’s a reason the movies you watch these days seem 90% CGI, 8% sex and 2% soul: Beautiful people are cheap; photo-realistic..
High School Juniors There’s a sad day in a parent’s life when he comes to understand that his teenage child has the world figured out, and that mom and dad–once heroes–are hopelessly compromised. The child, now an adolescent, is seeking a much better world for himself, but he’s got at least seven or eight years..
Agents of Wrath As I’ve tried to explore recently, most of us have not gouged out our eyes and cut off our hands. I know Christians who have sold houses and fields and lands, but it’s usually to buy another set of houses and fields, with a little something extra for that mission trip to..