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..
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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..
Picture a baseball stadium full of Hasidim — somber faced, bearded men wearing black hats and frock coats. Their hair, by our standards, appears both a little ragged and severely uniform at the same time. Shaved close above the ears and in the back and then allowing for long, curled sideburns in front, (what they..
PC isn’t just annoying. It’s Dangerous. With the possible exception of gun owners and white guys over 40, we are not allowed to “generalize” or “profile” or “stereotype” in our culture, and I think all reasonable people understand why: if, say, God forbid, your wife were sexually assaulted by a Catholic, you would not be..
All Souls Day “Look out the window,” my wife said. It was a Sunday afternoon. I had my dates mixed up, and there was an early evening Halloween party in the works. All of the Riley grandchildren and cousins and little people friends were gathering for a hayride. I’m telling you it was a grand..