Bah, Humbug: A Christmas Rant Just For You 2

Ok, I’ll admit it: I’ve had it with Christmas this year. I just can’t get into the spirit of things. I tried. I really did. I helped the wonderfully naughty and divinely nice Jess put up the tree and the lights on the house. I went Christmas shopping for the Grandkids, and felt like we ...

Things I don’t understand #3: Harry Potter and the Epicization of Everything 4

So I’m sitting in class today, and the professor is telling us about a meeting of the Honors Club that she’d like us to go to. She’s very excited about it, and then drops what she apparently thinks will be the big draw: the subject for discussion at the meeting will be . . . ...

Michigan Renaissance Festival: A little slice of Heaven? 1

Last month my wife, the lovely and no-longer-dying Jess, and I went up to the Renaissance Festival in Holly, Michigan. I’ve got to admit, I approached the whole thing with significantly less enthusiasm than curiosity. Neither Jess nor I are into that sort of thing. We only went because it was an opportunity to hang ...

Revenge: A dish best left alone 4

Revenge: A dish best left alone
The Sicilians say that revenge is a dish best served cold. Alfred Hitchcock said that, “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” George Herbert said, “The best revenge is living well.” There are, of course, lots of quotes about how revenge is bad, but they’re not nearly as much fun. What nobody seems to talk about ...

Darth Vader, Swamp Things, and the Short-Winded Valkyrie of Vengeance 6

Darth Vader, Swamp Things, and the Short-Winded Valkyrie of Vengeance
Well, I’ve done it again. First, a little background: last weekend my wife, the currently respiratorially impaired and humor deficient Jess Vader (or should that be Darth Jess?) caught a cold which quickly turned into bronchitis. She is not a happy camper. Just getting off the couch wipes her out. Her breathing makes noises that ...

Choices: Things I don’t understand #2 4

Choices: Things I don't understand #2
I hate going to the store, especially if I have to get stuff from the pharmacy section or anything health-related. There are just too many choices. It’s way too complicated. I mean, just trying to buy toothpaste is enough to induce an anxiety attack. When I was a kid, you had Crest or Colgate, and, ...

Things I don’t understand #1: Tattoos 6

Hi there, and welcome back to my blog. This is the 1st in an ongoing series that will examine things I don’t understand, and why I don’t understand them. I find as I get older, the list of things I don’t understand gets longer and longer, so this may be a lengthy series. I want ...

Grandkids, Knowing Your Limitations, and the Wayne County Fair Carnival of Death 7

Grandkids, Knowing Your Limitations, and the Wayne County Fair Carnival of Death
I’ve always prided myself on being kind of a tough guy. Not particularly strong or courageous, but tough, in the sense that I could absorb a lot of punishment and keep going. Lately, I find myself forced to rethink that. It seems that the older I get, the less tough I get, and to add ...

Pine Ridge mission trip – A few thoughts: Okay, more than a few 3

Pine Ridge mission trip - A few thoughts: Okay, more than a few
  The hard-driving and long-suffering Jess and I got home from a mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation last Saturday night at about 11:00 p.m. I won’t kid you, it was a tough trip, starting about 3 days before we left. Trying to get everything packed into that trailer and my truck is always ...

God’s Mysterious Ways, or Was He Just Messing With Us? A Few Thoughts On Male Nipples 4

People love to claim that God has a sense of humor. We also hear a lot about his “mysterious ways”. Something happened to me the other day that got me to thinking about that. I was outside working, clearing some brush. It was hot, and I was sweating like a preacher on Judgement Day. I ...
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