I dream of dead people

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      I dream of dead people. They speak to me. My daughter said my gift was useless. Not much help to anyone. I can’t deny it. It’s true. I’m not exactly sure why I have this gift, if that is indeed what it is. To sing like Carrie Underwood would have come in [Read More...]

When Grace Breaks Us

6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and 11-year-old Abigail Robinson

  Grace is terrifying. It is the cast aside bloodied bandages of grave clothes. It is a tomb sealed off, so hot and stuffy that it takes your breath away.  It is despair, the ever-present shadow of death encroaching. It is the beggar’s desire for a drink of cool water receiving a sip of bitters [Read More...]

My Disc Jockey Days

Steve Brown

  Here’s a little known fact: I worked in radio long before I became a writer. True. I was a disc jockey. I spun records. Shiny black vinyl. I tore copy from an old UPI wire, read it over the air. I was working the night a woman in Springfield, Oregon said she was stopped [Read More...]

Obamacare: The Pro-Choice Hypocrisy

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The pro-abortion and right-to-choose segment of our society has all but co-opted the term “Women’s Choice” to be defined as the right to terminate a pregnancy: the right to end a life. Let me say by way of full disclosure that in 1974 I had an abortion. I wrote all about that in ‘After the [Read More...]

Evangelical Hocus-Pocus

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  I was slain in the spirit once. Splayed out. Laid flat. Old-fashioned revival time all out slain and down for the count. I know, right? Me. A journalist. Laying there on my back at the altar of God, staring at the lights of that big citified Seattle church with people dropping all around me [Read More...]

Cold Tip Survival Guide

snow. Texas

  There are reasons why people choose to live in the South. Sunshine and warmth being the primary ones. My Southern friends simply are not prepared for temperatures that dip below 50. Most of them don’t own long pants or a coat.  Their shoe closet is filled with multi-colored flip-flops. When they sing Toby Keith’s “I”m going to [Read More...]

MLK & Sudan’s Human Rights Disaster

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    “Our Father who art in Heaven,” I prayed, even as a little boy in Sudan, “hallowed be thy name.”  I was baptized as a child and learned about God and his will and his Kingdom in Catholic schools.  I have always believed that He gives us our daily bread and that He forgives [Read More...]

Lone Survivor: A Gold Star Daughter Interviews a Gold Star Mom

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  Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Danny Dietz Jr. was one of the nineteen men killed in action on June 28, 2005 when Operation Red Wings went terribly awry. Here’s how Marcus Luttrell describes what happened with SEAL team member Dietz in the memoir, Lone Survivor: Jammed between rocks, we kept firing, but Danny was in all [Read More...]

Lone Survivor: Thoughts from a Gold Star Daughter

Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor, and the Afghan man who helped save him.

Do you know what the right thing is? No disrespect but you don’t have any idea what the right thing is. How do you weigh human life? It’s war. There is no right or wrong answer in combat. Those people who aren’t out there carrying the rifle have no business dictating what in the hell [Read More...]

A case against MaryJane

Willie Nelson. Young

Willie Nelson before long-term marijuana use Willie Nelson: After long-term marijuana use. Word to the young: Be careful before you toke And for further consideration: Marijuana use and the maltreatment of children: Parents who use marijuana, for example, may have difficulty picking up their babies’ cues because marijuana dulls response time and alters perceptions. When [Read More...]

Lessons of Bobby Sands

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Before there was the produce farmer who set himself on fire in Tunisia  Before there was a Pakistani boy who stopped a school bomber  Before there was the Nelson Mandela who set a nation on fire, and then the world There was Bobby Sands. Some say it was Sands who influenced Mandela. Bobby Sands and [Read More...]

President Johnson’s Moron Corps

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  All this talk of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty has got me remembering Johnson’s real legacy – the Vietnam War. It’s so funny how the lack of institutional knowledge can warp the future. I heard folks talking on NPR about how much Johnson hated poverty. How he lived beans-to-mouth as a young [Read More...]

First Hopes

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I love the start of a race, the opening chapter of a book, the first day of class, that first moment I meet a person who will be a forever friend, the first hello from a familiar voice, the first notes of a tune I love, the first light of dawn, the first twinkling star, [Read More...]

Mothers & Mental Illness

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My childhood girlfriend was institutionalized following the birth of her first-born. Here she was, ten years later, in the third-trimester of her second pregnancy, talking out of her head again. We were having one of our catch-up phone calls. She from her home in Georgia. Me from my home in Oregon. “I know what the [Read More...]

Resolutions of a Misremembered Life

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  She bought the buffet from a man who lived in that same prison town where she lived and worked and planted a garden so lush people would drive by the brick house on the corner lot just to hang their heads out the rolled down window and point at the blue hydrangeas big as [Read More...]


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