Have Been and Always Shall Be Your Friend

Need a chuckle? Watch this Audi commercial. Don’t buy an Audi. Or a Mercedes. Just watch the ad. iO9 called it the “the greatest car commercial ever” and the 2:43-short is a fascinating piece of meta-science-fiction. embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube DirektZachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: “The Challenge” “I have been . . . and always [Read More...]

The Art of Death: Dulce et Decorum

I remember the first time I stood in front of a Civil War memorial and puzzled out the Latin words that ran across its top: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. That’s the stupidest thing ever written, I thought. Sweet and right it is to die for one’s country? It might be the right [Read More...]

14 Fictions for Surviving Snowpocalypse 2014

When ice turns into vapor without melting first, it’s called sublimation. I wonder what it’s called when millions of Americans murmur a collective complaint, our breath huffing out in white clouds, which waft upward, merge, and dump deathflakes on us. Again. Snowpocalypse. Snowmaggedon. Snowzilla. Snoverkill. Call it what you will, I am weary of it. [Read More...]

Lego Movie, Leaf by Niggle, and the Urge to Perfection

“All I’m asking for is total perfection,” instructs President Business pleasantly. When his Lego citizens fail to arrange themselves in the ideal pose, he calls in Micromanagers to do it for them. Then he aims his ultimate weapon, the KraGl, and squirts them with Krazy Glue. “Everything is awesome!” his Lego people sing, unaware of [Read More...]

Hunger Stories | New Ending

The Hunger Games is not about hunger. I loaded Suzanne Collins’s trilogy onto a Kindle for my recent 47-hour days of traveling to, from and between Burundi and Zambia. The story is well-enough told that it distracted me from the cramped seats of all seven of my Airbuses, Boeings, and Embraers. Katniss Everdeen grows up [Read More...]

Zombie Jesus Saves

I thought zombies were dead. I can’t abide those movies. I can’t even watch the trailers. Three years ago, I saw one for The Crazies and it’s still messing with my adrenalin. So I presumed, without verification, that we’d passed zombies and moved into apocalypse until I nearly backed into this bumper sticker.    I [Read More...]

Billy Joel, George R. R. Martin, and Job

My sister thought we were a bunch of boring, goody-two-shoes and we needed to diversify our image. She was right. I didn’t drink or watch R-rated movies until I was in seminary. We were four siblings, all women, and our idea of “bad” was howling Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” as we disobeyed [Read More...]

Wide Awake

The iron has entered my hair. For a while I told people—too many people—that I was “embracing the gray,” but the mirror doesn’t display enough real silver to do that statement justice. Yet. “Personal tinsel?” suggested a friend over the holidays as she showed off her white stripes. Stripes are cool. But I haven’t got [Read More...]

Smile: It’s the New Mark of the Beast

“Don’t smile!” the DMV agent ordered my sister as she posed for her license photo. He pointed to a poster with four unacceptable facial expressions and one model countenance. “Why?” She tried to arrange her face properly. “It’s the TSA. Their facial recognition technology can’t read cheekbone structure if you smile.” She grinned her cheekiest [Read More...]

In the City and Under the Mercy

“God is Creator. All things are related,” read the African side of a Contrast in Worldviews chart in my orientation packet. “A set order in the universe, independent existence, a naturalistic view,” answered the Western side. “There is a spirit world,” insisted the African side. “Many factors in life cannot be known, controlled, or predicted.” [Read More...]


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