Walter the Clown

Walter The Clown Once upon a time there lived a little boy named Walter Hobnob. Walter was eight years old. His mom and dad were named, appropriately enough, Mom and Dad. They’d had their regular names—Spiff and Windy—changed just as soon as they’d had their little bouncing baby boy. Those Hobnobs. They sure took life [Read More...]

When punctuation makes the difference between a second date and a restraining order

Because I co-authored a book about punctuation, Comma Sense: A FUN-damental Guide to Punctuation,  I sometimes get e-mails from people pondering perplexing punctuational problems. A few days ago, I received one such note from a young man in high school, who wrote to ask why in the world anyone should have to learn punctuation at all. “It seems like [Read More...]

Woody Woodpecker Turns Manic Attack Bird, Pt. 7: The End

  All right: Enough with the Big Advice already. I think we all know there’s only one thing in this world that truly concerns any of us: Manic Woodpeckers. There I was, near to my goal of ogling nest innards. And then came the bird call heard ’round my nervous system. Upon hearing that lone, initiating call [Read More...]

Woody Woodpecker Turns Manic Attack Bird, Pt. 7: The End

  All right: Enough with the Big Advice already. I think we all know there’s only one thing in this world that truly concerns any of us: Manic Woodpeckers. There I was, near to my goal of ogling nest innards. And then came the bird call heard ’round my nervous system. Upon hearing that lone, initiating call [Read More...]

Outreach “Web Exclusive” Interview

An interview with me about my book I’m OK–You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Nonbelievers and Why We Should Stop has been posted (here) on the website of the magazine Outreach. Pretty sweet–especially given that Outreach‘s slogan is “Reach More People for Christ.” I mean, how open minded can you get? (Actually, support for this book from [Read More...]

When You Love Someone Who Doesn’t Love Christ

I’ve recently received a few emails from fellow Christians asking about how they should best handle people in their lives whom they love, but who don’t love Christ. A son whose father isn’t saved; a man whose wife wants no part of his newfound faith, a woman whose faith strains her relationship with her beloved [Read More...]

Woody Woodpecker Turns Manic Attack Bird, Pt. 6

So there I was, walking across The Meadow towards the huge, hopefully abandoned nest that was beckoning me forward like a huge nest beckoning forward a guy who’s so bored from staying out in the woods for 12 hours a day that he thinks watching fern fronds unfold is fun. Ah. The teen years. Mine [Read More...]

Troubador pants

This is a guy is wearing troubador pants, a giant maroon hankerchief, and a belt that doesn’t fit. (I snagged this image, by the way, here.) I’m not sure what else he is doing. My guess is that he’s trying to impress someone in a tree with a story he’s telling about how he once caught a fish this big. (If you’d [Read More...]

More Crazy Search Terms

Here are the latest Bizarre Search Terms people have typed into Google (which then, for some reason, brought them to my blog). German attack squirrels people getting attacked by squirrels dream with squirrels attacking crazy squirrels coyotes in cars what do woodpeckers want Hitler was a communist Dorothy was a rapper lying for Jesus Indiana religious leave who [Read More...]

Woody Woodpecker Turns Manic Attack Bird, Pt. 5

If you’re just joining us, parts 1-4 of this thrilling saga about how Woody Woodpecker once attacked me and left me to die in the woods are here: 1, 2, 3 and 4.  Now then: There I was, dying in the woods. No, wait. First I was alive in the woods, hanging out in this meadow, eyeballing [Read More...]


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