The Bill Gothard Mess..
Somewhere, out on the prairie, a weary, broad-shouldered rancher settles down on a log by the fire. His wife is nearby. She’s gorgeous. She wears cowgirl denim and a blouse tight enough to reveal the Almighty’s blessings without causing pandemonium amongst the hired hands. She slides down (more…)
Someone very close to me, one of the hardest working young men I know, is just now finding out what the “Affordable” Care Act will mean for him: the private plan he pays for, currently at $380 a month, will go to $580 a month, and he will receive fewer (more…)
An Earnest Prayer for Economic Education
Capitalism is the way of the world. It always has been and always will be, ever since father Adam began pulling thorns and briars out of the barley patch with his bleeding hands, and decided, (I am willing to wager, though my source be not (more…)
..In which I recount divers signs and encounters with this year’s plague..
This being the order the divers signs and encounters were received…
- Denial. ”I don’t really believe this. I am not getting sick; no, this is nothing.”
- Semi-Denial. ”Seriously. This is really not happening. It’s just like – dust. Or something.”
- More and more snot (more…)
Drinking Buddies (2013)
Kate (Olivia Wild) is what you might call the hospitality girl for a brand new Chicago brewery. She introduces the brew to bar and restaurant owners, and she’s the prettiest, and only, girl in the small company’s employ. She dates music producer Chris (Ron Livingston, Band of Brothers), and (more…)
We don’t come by honesty naturally. If we aren’t born liars, we learn exactly what people want to hear very early on, and we spend much of our lives floating partial truth trial balloons. If our friends and loved ones shoot those down, we go back to managing our fictional version (more…)
And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he
went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly,
uncovered his feet, and lay down.
Christopher paused, in the middle of removing his necktie, and smiled at his wife, Daphne. “Thanks for (more…)
Something is wrong with me. I liked all of these films.
Mini-Reviews: Angels’ Share • Red Corner • Eden
Angels’ Share (2012) It bothers me that Netflix doesn’t have a “UK Tall Tales from the Pub” category. You know: Waking Ned Devine, Brassed Off, The Stone of Destiny. I just love this stuff — Jolly (more…)
Stolen Lives (2009) If the people who make Hallmark television movies ever decided to spice things up with a lingering, forensic eye on dead bodies and a little Morena Baccarin porch humping, it might look something like this curiously lifeless crime drama, which really should have its own caution tape wrapped around it. (more…)
Keep the List Small, Please
Certain conversations are not allowed, nor are certain associations.
We don’t seek out the company of pathological liars. We don’t invite women who have a habit of hitting on married men to dinner parties. We don’t invite Holocaust deniers to speak on public platforms, (unless you’re Columbia University.) We (more…)