Petition to Replace the President & Congress

Dear Mr. President & Members of Congress: At first I ignored the news reports of the rancor. Politics as usual, I figured. But now you all have taken this ugly bi-partisan bickering way too far. Your job, as you were hired to do it, is to represent the good people of America. If I performed [Read More...]

A prayer for the people of Norway

Be near them, Lord Jesus, in the midst of this great horror. Gently touch their wounds and gather together the pieces of their shattered hearts, for they will need every fractured  piece of it in the days, weeks and years to come. Surround them with community, from near and from afar. And in those moments [Read More...]

Grace for a Dying Man

They say any extra day for a dying man is grace. I’m not so sure that holds true when it’s the state that’s in charge of the dying. There’s no question he got what was coming to him. Andy DeYoung cut down his mama, her in her own bed sleeping. When her cries woke up [Read More...]

Make a Difference

There is a famine underway in Somalia. Yes. I understand that famines don’t just happen overnight. This one has been years in the making. Years of crop failures and years of political unrest and mismanagement. If you are looking for a pretty good analysis of at least part of the problem, click this link to [Read More...]

Church retries Casey Anthony

They call themselves “In Touch With Christ Christian Center” but that might be a misnomer. I’ll let you decide. In an effort to raise awareness  about something — they claim child abuse — this Cleveland congregation held a mock Casey Anthony trial. REALLY? This is your best effort at preventing child abuse? I’m all for [Read More...]

Murdoch's Most Dangerous Game

It’s a scene right out of Richard Connell’s vivid short story — The Most Dangerous Game. You remember it, right? High school students across the nation still get creeped out by it. On the way to hunt big game, Ranisford falls out of the boat trying to retrieve his pipe. This after just telling everyone [Read More...]

A whole new definition of "passing"

I’ve heard of passing away, passing by, and passing gas. This is my first with a stone. I hope it’s my last. [Read more...]

My Summer Reads

Some people go to antique stores. Others drop in the random bike shop. When I’m on the road, I visit bookstores, in search of some unexpected treasure. I found just that at Grassroots Bookstore in Corvallis, when I came across this book by southern soulmate, Mark Richard. I’m shamed to admit I’d never heard of [Read More...]

The Risky Business of being a Rock Star Pastor

I’ve written in many places about the life-long friendship I enjoyed with the pastor of my youth. Pastor Smitty was dear to me in that way that pastors can be to heart-sick children. He really was a good Shepherd. Kind and gentle. Slow to speak — those who knew him and Miz Betty best would [Read More...]

My two-cents about the budget mess

One of my favorite artists has a new album coming out soon.  This tune seems to speak of this particular summer, what with partisan bickering reaching new highs (or is that lows?) and stricken families falling victim to all manner of droughts. It’s a fitting word, especially if you consider it may be the sort [Read More...]

My Unsecret Abortion

I had an abortion. A full-fledged three-day affair in 1974. I wrote about it in detail in my memoir — After the Flag has been Folded. It’s a very telling part of my life and even if you don’t give a rat’s tail about Vietnam, you ought to read the book just to read about [Read More...]

Making God laugh

I checked for pools of blood around the driver’s side door. Then around the tires. I peered into the windows of my own locked car, double-checking to make sure he wasn’t  slumped over in a seat — victim to a stroke or heart attack or one of those awful vertigo seizures he gets from time [Read More...]

Gimme a God with a Posse

Years ago I read a magazine interview with Brad Pitt. Pitt was raised up in a Baptist household. In the article, which I  still have buried somewhere, Pitt said he left behind the faith of his childhood because he thought it was a big cop-out when people use faith as an excuse for not being [Read More...]

Author 2 Author with John Hart

Critics are raving about author John Hart’s latest release – IRON HOUSE. Noting that Hart is already a two-time Edgar winner, Booklist says, Hart is” not the kind of writer who needs a breakthrough book. And, yet, IRON HOUSE lifts Hart to an altogether new level of excellence.” In the mountains of North Carolina, orphaned [Read More...]

George did it, says Anthony cousin

I don’t even know the names of my second-cousins, do you?  I wouldn’t want even my first-cousins speaking on my behalf about my mental condition. So I’m not sure what to make of this radio interview with one of Cindy Anthony’s second-cousins out of Houston. She says that there was a family conference call last [Read More...]


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