“All You Gotta Do”

My wise mother says as a boy I viewed all problems as easily solvable. “All you gotta do,” I would say to her and then make the complicated overly simple. The solutions were not even always wrong, just ignorant of the unintended consequences of the change.  Mom taught me that solutions are often worse than the [Read More...]

Don’t Be NICE: Advise the Presidential Candidates on President’s Day

Tomorrow is the worst holiday in the secular calendar: Presidents’ Day. We do not have a Supreme Court Day or a Congress Day because it is all about the presidency. Our new imperial presidency demands we honor not just the great leaders, Washington and Lincoln, but James Buchanan and Herbert Hoover. There was a discussion [Read More...]

When We Have Been There Ten Thousand Years . . .

Here is bad news: God exists. Why is this bad news? Someone is watching and it seems more than a little scary that He sees us when we are sleeping, he knows when we are awake. We are never alone and this, at least initially, horrified me. Here is better news: God is good, all [Read More...]

Good for Scott Walker, Maybe Not Good for You, Maybe

Clashing bad ideas on college fill my social media provoked by Scott Walker. Like Washington, Lincoln, and Truman, but also like several neighborhood bums now watching Netflix everyday in their parent’s dens, Scott Walker did not finish college. Defenders of Walker are right to say that college is not for everyone and that a great [Read More...]

Missing the Dead

I miss my Auntie Karen: gone so long. I miss my grandfathers’ example and friendship: Papaw Earl played a great game of checkers and Papaw Shelby was a master story teller. I miss my grandmothers’ practical wisdom: Nana could create an “alternate” world when we played together and Granny was wonderful at creating restful space [Read More...]