Yesterday I Went to the Circus and Here is What I Learned

I am not a circus person. Fewer and fewer Americans are circus people, but I am in the last generation to think this odd. Any linguistic phrase containing “circus” no longer means much to my students. . . they have not been and so don’t get it. “It’s a regular circus.” used to mean “busy, [Read More…]

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Today I Go to the Circus

Right after I write this, I will go the circus and I hope to learn something from the experience of the Big Top while I still can. I have been to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus twice, once as a child and once as a parent of children. I have also been to a few [Read More…]

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In Which A Group of Americans Capture the Spirit of Honduras

Once, not so long ago that I have forgotten the details, we were with a group of people about to disembark to the island of Roatan. When we returned, one brave soul remarked that she was glad to visit Central America for the first time. And it was true that we were on an island [Read More…]

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The Mentalist is a Good TV Show Like Life is a Good Cereal

Sometimes a man wishes for great television and sometimes he just wants to enjoy some sound entertainment. The best of all cold cereals, Peanut Butter Crunch, is too  good for daily use, it is for the Holidays. However, Life cereal combines just enough sugar and oat goodness to endure the breakfasts of February. Life is [Read More…]

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Before You find Obi-Wan, Know You are Luke

The speeder driving, womp rat killing Luke Skywalker had not done anything to be ready to learn. He was undisciplined and unfocussed. He wasn’t brave enough to defy his Uncle and go to the Academy or loving enough to be patient knowing he would get there eventually. Why would he be ready for the chance [Read More…]

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Oh Tammy! (Debbie Reynolds RIP)

Rest in peace, Debbie Reynolds. She was actually a Reynolds and there aren’t many famous Reynolds (at least as pop culture goes). She even had the hair and skin coloring of many of the women in my family and so she seemed a bit like kin. That might have been one reason I liked her, [Read More…]

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Help Us Obi-Wan Kenobi: You’re our only hope.

I loved the film Star Wars from the start, because it was fun and too much of 1970’s film making was childish (looking at you post-Walt Disney Company) or “serious.” If you wanted a fairy tale, you were out of luck if you were over the age of eight and by the late seventies I was [Read More…]

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Microsoft: Breaking Up Is Easy To Do

Dear Microsoft, The Surface Book is a beautiful piece of hardware. The ability to function as a tablet and a laptop is marvelous and the hinge that allows me to use the extra battery in tablet mode is great. The beauty of the hardware tempted me to go back on a decision I made five [Read More…]

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All Hallow’s Coming- On Devils and a Party

I lived between two Halloweens: the time when Christian kids dressed up and had fun and the time when Halloween celebrations could destroy a church. It was nice to have parents who understood reality: demonic powers exist and are not to be feared or trifled with and kids dressing in costumes saying “trick or treat” [Read More…]

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In Which I Dialog with Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What follows is the correspondence between myself and a person who is Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Sadly, Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer is unavailable for further interviews, but I thought in this time of moral confusion that this dialog with Not Dietrich Bonhoeffer might prove helpful. My concern began when my social media feed began to explode with [Read More…]

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