Ramblin Woman

Passing over Utah Breakfast @ the local cafe in Pine Mountain, Georgia Sweet Miz Lillian introduced me to Melinda, Reba & Bill. After breakfast we ran over to the Historical Center, which Miz Lillian & company staff and run. This is the phone the Center was using until recently. Hard to push buttons on this [Read More...]

Franken-Sheen — Or, This is Your Brain on Drugs

Charlie Sheen has been granting a lot of interviews lately. Some of his comments have a lot of people speculating on Sheen’s state of mind. Rightly so, when you consider remarks like this one on The Today Show: “I’m tired of pretending I’m not special. I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bitching a total [Read More...]

Allegiances We Don't Honor

We people are fond of making allegiances. Schoolchildren are required to daily recite a pledge to the “United State of America and to the Republic for which she stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Millions of boys have taken the Scout’s oath: On my honor I will do my [Read More...]

Hey Congress: Pull Up Your Big Boy Breeches

Having children from New York public schools sing was a nice finishing touch at the Oscars. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a favorite of many people, particularly those who remember when Judy Garland sang it. But make no mistake about it – there was a message embedded in that number: If happy little bluebirds fly [Read More...]

The Royal Family of Christianity: An interview with Will Graham

Did any of you ever hear Billy Graham in person? [Read more...]

Demon Dog, Pirates & One.Life

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The way I move

I’m going to be traveling again over the next couple of weeks and you know what that means — great stories to come, right? I’m posting the upcoming schedule. Give a shout out if you are going to be nearby and wanna grab a coffee, or need a stump speaker at the last minute: Wednesday, [Read More...]

Picking a fight

I have a confession to make. I did something that I have made it a point to never do, and to be honest, I don’t even feel guilty about it. I don’t. Seriously. Not even one little bit. Maybe I should, but I don’t, and that’s not why I’m telling you. I’m telling you about [Read More...]

The Art of Fame & the Decay of the Superstar

Isn’t that the age we live in  – that we want to see people who have it all, lose it all? That’s the question Lady Gaga posed to Anderson Cooper in her 12 minutes of 60 minutes fame. It’s a worthy question, if you accept the premise that the Lady has it all. Gaga is, by [Read More...]

Pete's Pants: Part III

Pete said he wanted to give me the moon, but I was happy with the red onion. His jeans, which had been still warm from the dryer when I went in search of him on Friday, were still on the console of my Honda on Sunday. “You need to take Pete his pants,” Tim said. [Read More...]

Pete's Pants Part II

No fever, yet, but the body aches rendered me useless most of the day. I managed to get some chores done, but the one I needed to do most — wash Pete’s pants — was delayed. I told him to meet me outside the grocery store at 4 p.m. but I didn’t get there until [Read More...]

Pete's pants

Pete’s pants are wrapped in a white plastic bag and sitting in our garage. They are soiled, but I’ll wash them in the morning and return them to him. He pulled them off slowly while sitting on the bench outside the grocery store tonight. I was worried he was going to get arrested, stripping down [Read More...]

Praying with Strangers

He didn’t know what to do after his wife took the kids and left him, so he joined a motorcycle gang, turned to drugs and drink to dull the pain. “I don’t really blame him,” his daughter said. Still the hurt of all that shadows her. “I have a hard time crying. I can cry [Read More...]

The Yankee Lady & Her Hang-dog fella

This is an all-points bulletin. If you see this vehicle, please steer clear of it. There are dangerous Yankees inside. A male, about 6′ 2″, 185 lbs. glasses, graying, balding hair. Last seen wearing a gaudy yellow-print shirt made to match bad throw pillows and dry-cleaned Dockers. He has a distinctive hang-dog look, no doubt [Read More...]

This & That

I’m no fan of pit bulls, or other dogs with a penchant for biting for that matter, but did you see this story about the pit bull puppy that swallowed the foot-long? Roy Hoffman, religion writer at the Mobile Press, and I had a sweet visit the other day. He told me about this piece [Read More...]


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