My Stepmother Passed Away

This morning my father called from across the country to tell me that his wife of 40 years — my stepmother since I was 10 — had passed away. The chemotherapy for her cancer proved too much. This woman was the first person who ever showed me what real work is. She had been raised [Read More…]

Writing: Don’t Get Me Started (or How to Make a Living Writing, Pt. 3)

I’ve been astounded by how many people have read my “How To Make a Living Writing,” and “How To Make a Living Writing, Part Two.” The tone and tenor of the comments left on those posts is truly gratifying. (I wish I had more time to respond to them, but lately I’ve been eyeball deep in a [Read More…]

How To Make a Living Writing, Part Two

This is a continuation–Part Two, as it were–of my recent post, “How To Make a Living Writing.” Part Three of this mini-series is Writing: Don’t Get Me Started. (A quick note to the reader who asked what I meant by incoming freelance work being “clean and useable.” Those aren’t industry terms, or anything: I only meant to [Read More…]

How To Make a Living Writing

Decide if you really want to make a living writing. If your primary interest in writing is to give expression to your innermost thoughts and feelings, and you don’t really care if anyone reads your stuff or not, that’s a beautiful thing. But if your goal is to have great numbers of people pay money in order [Read More…]

Where Were You When You First Thought Going To War In Iraq Was A Good Idea?

Do you remember where you were when you first thought that America going to war in Iraq might not be such a bad idea after all? When it struck you, for the very first time, that maybe it was something we should do? That weirdly exhilerating moment came for me on February 5, 2003, when Colin Powell made his case [Read More…]

New Year’s Resolution: Take Over the World

My New Year’s resolution this year is to take over the world. Whoo-hoo! I can hardly wait! By this time next year, I should be fully installed as Supreme Ruler of the World. (I’m also leaning toward the title of “The People’s King,” but we’ll see.) I’ve been meaning to take over the world for quite [Read More…]

An Open Letter to the Atheist Hacker of Christian Mega-site Crosswalk.com

Dear Finnish atheist who hacked Crosswalk.com: Hi, there. I’m one of the writers for Crosswalk.com., the largest Christian website in the world. Is it cold where you live? It looks like it is, since the picture you put of yourself all over Crosswalk shows you wearing a thick skull-cap and a sweatshirt. Of course (as you [Read More…]

#1 Christian Website Hacked By Atheist!

Update: To read my An Open Letter to the Atheist Hacker of Christian Mega-site Crosswalk.com, click … well, there. Instead of the largest Christian website in the world (2.5 million views a month; 200,000-plus subscribers), people who visited www.crosswalk.com this morning found a single, crudely designed static page featuring cheesy-looking burning crosses and a message from [Read More…]

“Bad Word Bug Wiggles?” What the …?

In the last three days, these are what someone somewhere typed into a search engine (which then brought them here to my blog): Bad word bug wiggles [From some kind of deranged entomologist?] A list of testes to put a boy through to [Yikes! And two–I am so not kidding–people searched this!! Do people not [Read More…]

Whad’ya Get For Christmas?!

Sure, it’s shallow. It’s embarrassingly shallow to ask people what they got for Christmas. It’s just the lamest. And of course it couldn’t be further from the meaning and spirit of Christmas. Of course, it is is true that Jesus received some excellent gifts on the occasion of his physically committing to going from being the supreme, all-powerful ruler of [Read More…]


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