Okay, My Liturgical Friends, Let’s Do Lent!

For reasons I attribute to God's impeccable sense of humor, I am a Baptist with more than a few Catholic and Lutheran friends. Normally, when you get Catholics and Lutherans shoulder to shoulder, they fight wide-ranging wars where infidels are broken on the wheel and which end in a nice pot-luck and maybe a sing-along. However, when … Continue reading Okay, My Liturgical Friends, Let’s Do Lent!

The Internet of Intrusions (Or, My Thermostat is Trying to Kill Me!)

Though I am reckoned old in Internet years, I do not fear technology. I do not shake my 2400 baud modem at you youngsters with your WiFi and your Snapchat and your pants all sagging down because your smart phone is as big as a billboard. No, my millennial friends, I'm not a digital native; I'm … Continue reading The Internet of Intrusions (Or, My Thermostat is Trying to Kill Me!)

In the Coming Guac Wars, Humor Will Be the First Casualty

So, yesterday, Twitter lit up brightly but briefly over this tweet from the New York Times. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/616303020574441472 I congratulate the social media manager of the Times for getting a conversation going about the newspaper in a way that doesn't involve cowardice. Heck, even President Obama found time to address the issue while awkwardly dodging questions about why his … Continue reading In the Coming Guac Wars, Humor Will Be the First Casualty

Embrace the Healing Power of “I Remember…”

Two stories jumped out at me from my RSS reader this morning. No, seriously, they literally leaped out of the monitor and attempted to claw their way past my eyelids, scurry up my optic nerves, and wrap themselves around my brain stem or some vital portion of my parietal lobe. You would not believe the … Continue reading Embrace the Healing Power of “I Remember…”

Happy Tax Day! I Hope You’re Not Too Sore.

Unlike many conservatives, I don't have a visceral negative reaction to taxes. I figure taxes are the cost I pay to live in an ordered society. Unfortunately, we're not getting what we pay for, are we? Instead of polite and professional police officers, we get shady grifters and trigger-happy bullies. Our military, which ought to be … Continue reading Happy Tax Day! I Hope You’re Not Too Sore.

Have We Reached Peak “Florida Man”?

I've never lived in Florida, but I imagine it's one heck of a place, judging from the many news stories where a "Florida man" does something utterly outrageous that either ends in his arrest or an extended stay in the hospital. You've seen the headlines, yes? "Florida Man Accused of Attacking Girlfriend with Banana" (I … Continue reading Have We Reached Peak “Florida Man”?

In Which A Strange Coincidence Occurs and a Sock Puppet Receives Fame

Item 1: Back in the days of The Delivery, I invented a sidekick named Socky the Sock Puppet, Unofficial Spokespuppet of the White House. Hey, a sock puppet couldn't do a worse job than guys like Jay Carney and whoever that other guys was. You know, the guy with the glasses who laughed nervously and sweated … Continue reading In Which A Strange Coincidence Occurs and a Sock Puppet Receives Fame