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, ‚ÄúChristianity ...

Further Adventures of a House-Husband: Cooking and Laundry Edition 6

Further Adventures of a House-Husband: Cooking and Laundry Edition
I’ve gotta say; this house-husband thing isn’t working out the way I had thought it would. I came into this expecting hours and hours of Oprah Winfrey and bonbons. Since I’m not really much of an Oprah fan, I thought I could substitute John Wayne or Clint Eastwood movies (I figured that whole Oprah thing ...

Sharia Law: It’s Everywhere! It’s Everywhere! 2

Sharia Law: It's Everywhere! It's Everywhere!
Okay, I can’t believe I’m saying this. I’m afraid that Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Alan West and others, whose right-wing whose grandstanding histrionics I’ve only paid attention to as a source of annoyance and/or amusement, may be right. Lately I’ve been reading about all this Sharia Law being secretly imposed on us, and ...

Adventures of a House-Husband: Home Cooking Edition 7

Adventures of a House-Husband: Home Cooking Edition
So I was going through the Facebook the other day, and saw a post that Jim Wright, the author of the Stonekettle Station blog and very funny guy shared. Apparently some men’s rights activists are calling for a boycott of Mad Max: Fury Road. I won’t go into all the reasons why; I’ll just say ...

A Kentucky Courtship – IUE Tributaries 1st Prize for Fiction 2015 4

A Kentucky Courtship - IUE Tributaries 1st Prize for Fiction 2015
Okay, so I’m pretty excited about this. Tributaries, Indiana University East’s Journal of Creative Writing has finally come out, and my story “A Kentucky Courtship” won 1st prize for fiction. I decided to post part of it here, as kind of a teaser. If you want the whole thing, you can order it from the ...

The Religious Freedom Shell Game 3

As much as I hesitate to do it, I’m going to weigh in on the current Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy. I can’t help myself. I’ve wracked my brain, and can’t think of anything else to do to help me continue avoiding doing my homework. Besides, everyone else has, and it’s lonely out here. ...

The Tao of Poo, or: Why I’m Not A Philosophy Major 1

The Tao of Poo, or: Why I'm Not A Philosophy Major
Ever have one of those days when the things you dread the most turn out to be the things that give you the greatest joy? I’m having one of those today. Don’t get me wrong, the day didn’t start out too bad, it just didn’t start out too good. My wife, the lovely and understanding ...

Things I Don’t Understand #4: Advertising 2

Things I Don't Understand #4: Advertising
I don’t get out much. Let’s just get that out there first thing. However, I do watch TV, and I leave the house to go to school every day, so, while it would not be accurate to say that I’ve got my finger on popular culture’s pulse, neither do I live under a rock. That ...
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