Growing up in a medical household certainly had its advantages as my brother, sisters and I had opportunities many kids never had chance to do. We were up to date, well educated and consciously modest because of those things. Yes, coming from that medical household also…Continue
It is past time for American religionist to grow up. For decades, Christians used the Bible to force their religion on others to conform to their beliefs while egregiously failing to follow their own beliefs, which they want to force on others. The US Supreme Court's decision to approve gay marriage across the…Continue
Gay and lesbian couples around the nation can now legally marry. It is indeed a victory for equality, love and unity. It is a step in the United States moving into the 20th century. It is a potential financial bonanza for wedding planners, cake makers and flower shops. It’s all coming up roses. In…Continue
ST. THOMAS, ST. LOUIS BRIDGE
This is a first place prose poetry in a Kansas City poetry contest reflected what the author thought was a social issue of grave importance at the time. I wrote this in 1981,I found it while moving my books to their new home. Book shelves! It is extremely long and may be difficult to read, but it has cadence and all the things demanded in the formal world of literary poems
Around every corner it waits-silent,
never making its presence…
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With the rise of Evangelical Christianity in the United States a corresponding increase in finger pointing and blame claiming that the country is in moral decline accompanied it. The usual culprits fingered for the alleged deterioration are liberals, non-Christians and unbelievers, but a look at the numbers…Continue
Don't-don't-don't don't believe the hype. Mad Max has it all except for two things: a story worth following and characters that anyone cares about with the noted exception of Imperator Furiosa played by Charlize Theron. The main character Max Rockatansky played by Tom Hardy doesn’t really speak until nearly the middle…Continue
But for a slip of the pen, Christians might have an entirely different outlook on “original sin.” In fact, what is also known as “ancestral sin” might never gained a foothold in the Catholic Church if not for a simple mistranslation of a two-letter Greek preposition by St. Augustine, which has led Christian…Continue
I am bipolar. I tried every way I could to put together a snappy lead sentence that would provide a little suspense, curiosity and provoke an old-fashioned interest in dirty laundry, but none of it seemed appropriate for a disease that can for many, be so crippling as to ruin or end lives.
Bipolar is now an official part of my medical record that is interesting if not colorful. My life took a significant turn with a heart attack while I was…Continue
With the recent controversy over laws in Indiana and Arkansas that allow Christian discrimination against homosexuals, I am compelled to point out the hypocrisy of those implementing such laws, as being incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial.
Constant debate regarding homosexuality is tiring,…
I have long ago grown weary of euphemisms used to blur, mislead or hide actuality. For instance, once I am dead, I died. I did not “pass on;” “go to a better place” or “transition.” I died. Although, I have a personal euphemism that I like, some people would not like hearing that I “croaked.” My thoughts about using…Continue
A few years ago, I am sure that someone slipped into my house and drugged me. I don’t know what they gave me, but it has turned me into an emotional wreck. That has to be the case. Simply said, I was drugged because the person I am now would be despicable to my former self. It may not seem a big deal to some, but lately…Continue
I'm a joker
I'm a smoker
I'm a midnight toker . . .
Some people call me the space cowboy; some call me the gangster of love . . .
I'm none of those, although I might just be a bit of a joker. If you must choose how to label me, I made a short list. I am a published author, a million dollar sales manager, a musician capable of playing woodwinds, brass and keyboards, a marksman, a journalist, a teacher, a…Continue
Okay. I tried to sucker you thinking this was going to be about prostitutes or at least the ones familiar to all of us. However, this about the so-called red-light traffic management systems used around the country and how they are full of whole for legal challenges, but to challenge the accuracy and effectiveness of…Continue
Not very often does a book come along that I feel is about me until I read Ian Leslie’s book “Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” I shouldn’t be writing this review because I am biased, which a reporter should never be. However, within six-pages, “Curiosity,” it made me feel as if I had…Continue
I don’t know how many times I heard my father say, “It is better to be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” The first time I heard those words came while I was bragging about my Honor Roll performance in the sixth grade. I didn't know precisely what it meant, but I figured it out quickly…Continue
Ira and George Gershwin had it right in the stage play "Porgy and Bess," which is set in an imaginary town in South Carolina. In the play, Porgy sings "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwin's got it right with that tune as The…Continue
MUSIC YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN!
A friend asked me to find some music for him. He thought that me being a working musician for more than 30 years that I might have an inside handle on certain music. He was right, but my contacts are only good if they're still alive and still have ties to record labels. However, I have an enormous record collection and had the piece he was looking for at my finger tips.…Continue
What is the difference between an assassin, killer or murderer? Without resorting to purposeful nuance and practiced subtlety, the differences are negligible and more often than not rely on degree and perspective to sort out the…Continue
Before tripping lightly over the wagging tongues of Christian apologists and their fathomless chasms of excuses, defenses and, well, apologies, I wanted to define a few terms to set the scale.
First, the word equivocate. To…Continue