Amazing Grace: How Sweet the Grounds

I’m so hot in this San Diego coffee shop I’m sitting in. I feel like I’m in a coffee pot. It’s too bad, too, because if ever in my life I had a chance to come across as a genuinely cool person, this is it. I’ve got my laptop; as far as anyone can tell [Read More...]

Was Jesus Funny?

I don’t see how anyone can doubt that Jesus was sometimes extremely funny. He was, after all, fully human. People are funny. So I think it’s safe to say that at least every once in a while Jesus was a veritable crack-up. Especially given that his whole ministry involved communicating with people—which, of course, necessarily [Read More...]

The Trouble with Lesson-Teaching Animals

Okay, so we were talking about Life Lessons that we can learn from nature. Hmm. Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is Flipper. (For you younger readers, Flipper was the name of a dolphin who used to star in a TV show called Flipper. The show first aired in 1964. That was [Read More...]

Coyotes. Nature. Troubadour pants

So what, then, are we to learn from nature? Real nature, I mean—not coyotes. Coyotes are, like, nature’s dogs. It’s like they’ve been domesticated by God, or something. They’re too confusing. Trying to learn a lesson about nature from coyotes would be like taking advanced calculus. Forget it. The kind of Nature Lesson I have [Read More...]

They Eat Cats, Don’t They?

Continuing on with why, even though they ate my cat, I still find it pretty hard not to admire the freakishly dog-like miniature coyotes that live in the canyon right behind my apartment: They’re handsome. The coyotes that live in the canyon in my backyard are a far cry from the mangy, Overtly Craven-looking coyotes [Read More...]

Wiley coyotes. No kidding.

Okay, so about the coyotes that live in the canyon in my backyard. Even though they are shameless gobblers of perfectly good house cats, I would nonetheless hereby like to offer the following reasons to admire the San Diego Backyard Canyon Coyote (wileyus eaturcateous), gleaned from countless hours spent sitting on my porch watching nature’s [Read More...]

Weird Nature

Coyote

I want to tell you about these hyper-organized, mini-coyotes that my wife and I see all the time. We live in an apartment in San Diego that’s so small our cockroaches are hunchbacked. That’s the bad news. The good is that connected to the back of our McUnit is a large deck that overlooks this [Read More...]

Nature. It’s so … weird.

I’m sitting at the beach right now on my little fold-out nylon-strapped chair, writing on my brand new used laptop. I am, naturally enough, feeling very Gilligan Goes Thoughtful. Very Californiay — which is good for me, since I’ve lived in CA all my life. So just now this seagull alighted near me, the way [Read More...]

How My Unbelieving Wife Took The News of My Suddenly Becoming a Christian, cont’d

(If you’re just joining us, I’m driving my wife Cat home from the airport, and haven’t yet told her that while she was away I became a Christian. She suspects something is going on with me, though. I’ve thus far denied it (I didn’t want to tell her while I was driving). She, Highly Suspicious [Read More...]

How My Unbelieving Wife Took The News of My Suddenly Becoming a Christian

Whenever I tell someone about my sudden conversion to Christianity, they very often ask me what my wife thought of the change. “Hey, man,” I often respond. “It doesn’t matter what my wife thought of it. I’m the king of my castle. If I’d wanted to become an indoor pig farmer, my wife would be [Read More...]


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