Drive down a Missouri highway, and you will not be distracted by any scenic vistas. No dramatic mountain range, no lovely rolling hills, no lush forest or glistening coastline. It’s a good thing too, because if there was anything see in the way of landscape, your view would be utterly blocked by billboards. Miles and miles of billboards. If those billboards are to be believed, there are 5 things that the good citizens of Missouri care about. They are as… Read more

Y’all, I had the best of intentions this year. Got family pictures taken in early November–the first time in about 5 years I didn’t just use a summer vacation pic, or stick my kids under the tree in their reindeer jammies at the very last minute. Ordered my cards the week after Thanksgiving, when everything was on sale. Got my address list together. And… That box of cards and envelopes is sitting in my laundry room, on top of the… Read more

A lot of people are hating on Alabama, and the South in general lately. As the whole Roy Moore debacle unfolded, there’s been a refrain of “how can those people [read: ignorant/backwater/redneck/white trash] elect a sexual predator to public office??” As though Alabama was some foreign country that exists under its own set of values, apart from the rest of the union. As though “southern” culture [read: uneducated/poor/uber-religious] could emerge in a vacuum. Well, the good news is, they didn’t elect… Read more

Let’s be real: 90% of the Christmas music they play on the radio is garbage. I mean, I will always have a soft spot for all Mariah Carey wants for Christmas; for Springsteen bringing Santa Clause to town; for Whitney’s (and only Whitney’s!) asking if we hear what she hears. And of course, I’m down for anything involving Muppets and John Denver. Beyond that, it’s mostly remixed and remastered junk, you know? The original version of most anything is fine, but… Read more

Allow me a Grinch-y moment folks… I love Christmas, but some of the secular trappings of the season are just too dang precious for me. I have a long list of what those precious things are. I’ll not launch into it because some of those things are deeply meaningful to some, and I’ll not disparage what others hold as family tradition. And also, ’tis the season to not be bitchy. But let’s just say, if I avoid the mall and… Read more

It’s a good day for women. And, in general, it’s about time women had a good day around here. A couple of weeks ago, Trump took to his favorite social media venue to share that he was “probably” going to be chosen as Time Magazine’s person of the year, but had to turn it down… because, you know, all those pesky cameras. He does hate publicity. Anyway. Not only was he wrong, he was wrong in epic, ironic fashion. Because… Read more

So, happy Advent, everyone! What should we talk about today? The fact that the President just officially endorsed a pedophile for a major political office, AND backed up the endorsement with RNC funding? Or the news that he just took another swing at National Parks and Monuments, endangering sacred spaces and contributing to the overall destruction of the earth? December has a theme this year, and it is rage. I’m sure there will be some fresh outrage tomorrow. And probably… Read more

Let justice trickle down like a leaky faucet…  Praise God from whom all blessings trickle down, like a glacier slowly melting in a climate crisis… God’s blessings trickle down in increments, once the wealthy have sufficiently boosted the economy by saving their own asses again… Peace is trickling down like an unenthusiastic river…  And water will trickle through the desert like it hasn’t rained in years, because it actually hasn’t, so what did you expect?  And Jesus said, “I am… Read more

Bill Cosby. Louis C.K. Billy Bush. Harvey Weinstein. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer. They’re dropping like flies. The entertainers, the storytellers, the interviewers… As more women feel empowered to tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault, the walls of protection around these powerful men are crumbling. And that’s fine. Burn this shit down, you  know? Let them all feel the shame that women have carried as their own misplaced burden for so many years. And yet. As we start to put… Read more

I am fundamentally opposed to Black Friday shopping. For many reasons, not the least of which is that it encroaches on one of my very favorite holidays–Pie For Breakfast Friday. I mean, wouldn’t you rather be home in your sweats having a slice of leftover pecan with your coffee than fighting to the death over half-priced electronics that will be broken by February?? Not even a question. I can get down with Shop Local Saturday. I can even stomach Cyber… Read more

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