Brittle melancholies.. I’m only ten years old but there’s something in Karen Carpenter’s voice that sends me into a third heaven. I can feel sugar effervescing across my shoulders and down my arms. “White lace and promises, a kiss for luck and we’re on our way.” I don’t think I have the words, yet, to..
Why Does Roger Moore Get all the Girls? An old real estate salesman taught me everything I needed to know about equality when I was a know-nothing twenty-one year old. “Jim,” he said, “if you gave a hundred different people a million dollars, in two years, a few of them would have ten million dollars..
Psalm 149, Just Sayin’.. I live in California — which on many fronts, is led by certifiably insane political leaders — but, countering that, my small town has more than 40 different Christian churches. I know enough about scripture to entertain a forlorn hope: that means there are 40 men in this town who consider..
Lexington or Chicago? Beto O’Rourke: ‘Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47’ I am not much of a meme-er, but I composed this one a few years ago and whenever I share it, it seems to be re-posted far and wide; the fear of being made into a defenseless peasant runs very..
The Evil of Playing it Safe.. It seems to me that a number of historic American liberties are edging closer to the perils of mob rule, judicial fiat, or executive order. In conversation after conversation, I hear people worrying about their 2nd Amendment rights, their ability to express their beliefs publicly, and even their right..
So today, I watched brothers and sons gather around a casket. A sister, wife, and mother had passed. I can’t say that I knew her well, or that we were close family, though we were in-law relations, and we became good Facebook friends, but the sight of her brothers bearing her casket across the green..
The War on What? Eighteen years after the fall of the World Trade Center, I find it odd that very obvious and necessary questions about Islam and the West simply can’t be publicly contemplated, for fear of offending someone in Riyadh, or Manhattan for that matter. I’m not even talking, at the outset, about terrorism..
Making little minds chirp alike. HBO’s “Big Little Lies” (Fair Use) In the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Meryl Streep plays an ice cold, judgmental, baldly acid mother in law with an unapologetically shallow value system. (They let her play herself, in other words.) Along the way, we get to see how..
Thinking out loud. Probably nothing, but I was wondering what it is that ties together unlikely bedfellows like gay activists, jihadists, socialists and radical environmentalists. Why, for example, do you find the defenders of a fluid sexuality that would get you thrown off buildings in Iran ridiculing any objection to Sharia law in the west?..
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Are you Better or Worse Off? I have a standard for Christianity that is so simple I think some people find it threatening — particularly pastors. It..