Cheer Up! It’s Really Not That Bad. Seriously. At Least Not For Most of Us. 3

The fall semester is over, finally. I’ve been looking forward to this forever (at least that’s how it feels). So yesterday, I decided to tackle a job I’ve been putting off; building sideboards for my truck. I need them, not so much for myself, as for hauling a load of clothes and other donations out ...

On Loss 10

It’s rare that I write something for school that applies to the real world. This did, especially today. On Loss Eighteen years ago today, I lost my big brother. No, that is a stupid thing to say; I didn’t lose him, he died. Six years before that, my father died. Three years ago, both my ...

More Great Movies You Might Not Have Heard Of: Foreign Film Edition 3

Okay, you can breathe a sigh of relief; this post has absolutely nothing to do with politics, religion, philosophy, ethics, or anything important. This one is just about movies. I love movies. All kinds of movies, but especially horror, suspense, action, and comedies. The following movie recommendations are all foreign movies, but from English-speaking countries ...

American Exceptionalism: I’m Not Sure It Means What Everyone Thinks It Means

Disclaimer! This is not a particularly funny post, although I think there is some pretty funny stuff in it. It’s about politics, or at least political issues, so if you’ve had enough of that stuff for a while, do yourself a favor, and skip down to the “Death By Grippo’s” post. Also, there is some ...

Witless Wisdom From a Newly Minted Quinquagenarian 3

I turned 50 years old today, and, in keeping with the philosophy that you should never stop learning, I learned that there’s actually a word for it: Quinquagenarian. So I got that going for me. Which is nice. Anyway, I felt that this would be an auspicious occasion to take a few moments to pass ...

World’s Worst Grandpa Tells All! 6

World's Worst Grandpa Tells All!
I may be the world’s worst Grandpa, and at this point, I’m okay with that. So, for somewhere between the last two days and 300 years, I’ve been babysitting my two youngest grand-daughters, Charlotte, age five, and Sharon, age four. Two of the sweetest, most well-behaved little girls in the world, two of the brightest ...

Judge Smails Rides Again! And Nobody Realized It.

Judge Smails Rides Again! And Nobody Realized It.
So I’ve been trying to write a new post for weeks now, without success. I’ve started I don’t know how many, and I just kept either getting angry, which is bad, or getting depressed, which is worse, about every one. Part of the problem was mostly, I was writing about politics. I’m having a hard ...

A Kentucky Courtship: Full Story

A Kentucky Courtship: Full Story
Okay, so here’s the full version of my award-winning story, “A Kentucky Courtship” (yes, I know I’ve beaten that “award-winning” horse to death, but give me a break, it’s pretty much the first thing I’ve ever won. I’ll give it a rest after this.). I know that several have expressed an interest in reading it, ...

Tips For Happy Living: Don’t Worry About A Thing 7

” ‘Cause every little thing Gonna be all right” That Bob Marley was a smart guy. Happy living is an elusive bird. We all want it, but it seems like no one wants us to have it. It’s kind of aggravating. Lately, I’ve been kind of worked up about things. It seems like the world ...

World’s Biggest Hypocrite Seeks Answers: A Christian Conundrum 14

So, I’m sitting here feeling like the world’s biggest hypocrite (of course, I realize that that may be self-aggrandizing. There are a lot of televangelists, politicians, and pundits out there). By the way, this post is probably not going to be very funny. Sorry. Rich Mullins (with whom I am vaguely familiar) once said, “Christianity ...
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