We Support Our Troops, But What Does That Really Mean?

I hear a lot of people who say they support our troops, and I believe them. You see lots of yellow ribbons on cars everywhere you go. My church, like a lot of churches, holds our veterans in high esteem, and constantly remembers those currently serving in our prayers. On Facebook, there’s a constant stream ...

Thinking About The Problem With College

I started my freshman year of college last fall. It scared the crap out of me. It had been 30 years since I’d gone to school, and although I was pretty sure I was fairly smart, I wasn’t sure at all that I’d be able to do well in an academic atmosphere. It was so ...

We Want a John Wayne Jesus

I think it’s probably hard to be a Christian in America, maybe harder than anywhere else on earth. I don’t mean more dangerous, because there is probably no place on earth less dangerous (physically anyway) to be a Christian. We’ve just been too blessed. All over the world, there are Christians who are being seriously ...

Breaking News! I’m a preachy jerk (but no film at 11) 2

I have discovered that I am (or at least have a tendency toward being) a preachy jerk. Granted, my wife, my kids, and any number of my friends could (and have) pointed this out, but, I’ve finally figured it out for myself. Frankly, I’m a little disappointed in myself that it’s taken me this long ...

6 Cool Places/Things To See If You Ever Go To Ireland 3

6 Cool Places/Things To See If You Ever Go To Ireland
I love Ireland. I’ve been there 3 times now (I’m not bragging, but…OK, I’m bragging), and I plan to go back as soon as I can. There’s a lot to love about it. Guinness (it tastes much better over there), Jameson’s Whiskey (tastes the same, but who cares?), friendly people, live music in pubs, beautiful ...

I need a 12-year old! – OK, that just sounds wrong 2

So, I’m messing with this blog thing. All the stuff I’ve read about blogging talks about how easy it is. I disagree vehemently. Maybe it’s easy if you know what you’re doing, but most things are that way. The dashboard for this thing has more buttons and indicators than my car, and I can barely ...

Better Than Sex: Selling Fear For Fun and Profit

This is a version of a paper I wrote for school. Hope it makes you think.                Everyone knows that sex sells. It has been used to sell just about everything imaginable, from cars, cigars, and beer to political aspirations (would Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman be so successful on the national stage if they ...

Bands you’ve never heard of but should be listening to – Part 1

Lucero – Great rock band that keeps on getting better with each album. The Stone Coyotes – Awesome rock/country/metal/americana band. Guitars, drums, & bass. Music for grown-ups who still feel young. Scott Miller (also Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, and the V-Roys) – More great basic rock & roll & country. Langhorne Slim – Kinda ...

Goodbye Harry Flashman 2

Goodbye Harry Flashman
My wife Jess with her boy, Harry Flashman Harry Flashman passed away peacefully today at the Greensfork Animal Hospital after a brief illness. Harry was, like his namesake, bad-natured, argumentative, and a bully. Unlike his namesake, he was also loyal, courageous, playful, and fiercely protective. He would not hesitate to take on a dog 3 ...

Wuthering Heights – Literary classic or instrument of academic torture? 3

I’m reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, possibly the most horrible book ever written. There have certainly been worse books written, but for sheer oppressive horribleness, Wuthering Heights takes the prize, for me anyway. In the entire book, there is really only one even remotely decent, or even intelligent character, the maid Nelly Dean. The ...
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