Grow the Cuss Up

The class assignment was to write a personal essay. Teachers understand such assignments are a risk. No telling what students will write about when their starting point is a coming-of-age place. Some write of their parents divorce. Some write about their own broken romances. It is not uncommon to get essays about bullying, rejection and [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Girls

On this day 29-years ago It’s hard to believe how quickly the stories add up & how rich our lives have been because of something as simple and complex as story. [Read more...]

God does not love America

The letter was titled: How is God blessing America. It came from one of those conservative religious organizations that relies upon the compassion of good-hearted God-fearing folks. The head of this particular group, Pat Robertson, often makes references to the “messages” he’s heard from God. Usually, those messages have something to do with some moral [Read More...]

How do you measure freedom?

This is how we celebrated freedom We brought in the big guns Wrapped ourselves in Camo gear Mapped out the territory we needed to conquer And assigned each enlistee a task Some attached to the rear guard Where they went about implementing their plan Which included clearing away the brush Searching for landmines And making [Read More...]

This really bugs me

Oh. C’mon really, y’all? What’s wrong with a little crunch in the diet? Those pesky public health officials in Columbia, S.C. have put the kabosh on a cicada-infused ice cream. And you thought bugs in your food was nasty. C’mon. These nummy-crunchies only come around every 13-years. What’s wrong with you all? Lighten the bug [Read More...]

Go the F*** to Sleep: Not F***ing Funny

Editor’s note: Karen Spears Zacharias is the author of the forthcoming memoir, “The Shelter of Mockingbirds: The Murder of 3-Year-Old Karly Sheehan.” (CNN) — “Go the F*** to Sleep” is being hailed as a cathartic children’s book for parents. Beautifully illustrated and written in the same witty prose style as generations of beloved bedtime storybooks, [Read More...]

Yeah, but can they stay married?

Well, by  golly, they up and did it. Gay people can now marry in the state of New York. I know that upsets a lot of people for reasons that I’m quite frankly too theologically dense to understand. For some reason or another, Gay people marrying is supposed to be a big threat to me [Read More...]

Memories of The Redhead: Mama was a Dancing Woman

It has been two years. Four days. 23 hours and 37 minutes, give or take a few, since I last spoke to The Redhead. 734 days. 63,502,635 seconds. I don’t even know what I’ve done with all that time. Wasted a good portion of it, undoubtedly, though I’m more cognizant of the passing than I’ve ever been [Read More...]

Cindy Anthony's hell

The peach doesn’t fall far from the tree. Cindy Anthony proved that in court yesterday when she came within a hair’s breath of perjury. Wonder, can a person inherit the ability to lie? Or is that always a taught behavior? Unless you’ve been in the hull of a submarine at the bottom of the deep [Read More...]

Losing that Luv'n Feeling

Really Southwest? And did anyone besides me catch that Southwest motto hanging behind the Flight Attendant? Southwest Keep that Luv ‘n Feeling Y’all might need a new motto Lemme recommend one: You’ve lost that Luv’n Feeling They just don’t make pilots like they used to, do they? Speaking of bagging people, Southwest ought to bag that [Read More...]

Faking Faith

As you might imagine in a household where there are four children close in age, we had our share of disagreements and bickering to contend with. Since unlike automobiles and small appliances, children don’t come with operator instructions, a lot of what we did as parents was an incomplete science. In other words, like generations [Read More...]

Church asks handicapped to Please stay home

We were gathered around a tree in her front yard, yanking up saplings and grass-gone-wild by the roots. Ever since her husband got orders for Afghanistan, she’s had to take care of the yard and the house and the two juvenile dogs all by herself. Then she went and messed up her ankle. Broke it [Read More...]

Father's Day

A sweet gift from today’s soldiers King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: “Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming, for you’ve also spoken of my family far into the future, given [Read More...]

In Praise of Good Fathers

Have you noticed that it’s much easier to find a good man than Flannery O’Connor first suggested? Seriously. I don’t know where you have been looking, but over the past few weeks while traveling to eight states and the District of Columbia, I kept running into such fellas. There was the father in church in [Read More...]


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