Trash-talking teachers

(Tim encouraging a player who missed a shot that would have given the Dawgs an important win. You did your best, buddy.) I’m married to a teacher. He’s that old-fashioned kind of teacher that some students groan about– a teacher who lectures. Oh. I don’t mean lectures as in do this or do that. I [Read More...]

Beyond Redemption: When God Reconsiders

My mama spent the better part of her adult life behind bars. It’s a disturbing thing to say but true nonetheless. Fact is a goodly number of my people have spent time behind bars.  Recently my son Stephan came across this old newspaper clipping about Mama’s brother being arrested in Richland, Washington. A poetic [Read More...]

A more open world?

In 1998 when I was working as a reporter in Oregon I wrote a story about the rising trend toward younger, more violent criminal offenders. “We’ve been warned that we are going to be dealing with a whole generation of kids without a conscience,” said Maj. Larry Rowan, the county jailer. ” The basic stuff we were all born [Read More...]


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