‘Gangnam Style’ OR ‘Kill Americans Style’?

PSY

Apparently a good beat and a catchy video covers a multitude of sins. Just ask PSY, the Korean rapper who now holds the record for most views on YouTube for his 'Gangnam Style' video. Back in 2004, PSY wasn’t making horsey-riding motions and rapping about bling-bling, he was spewing out some serious anti-American sentiments, calling for the death of our troops in Iraq. The song was titled “Dear America,” and CNN translated some of the lyrics: Kill those f--ing Yankees who have been torturing Ira … [Read more...]

Sorry Bob Costas, I Disagree.

Jovan Belcher

Sorry, Bob. I disagree.First of all, let me say that I'm every bit as sad and discouraged as Bob Costas by the Jovan Belcher situation. However, I'm also sad because we're in a day in which a sportscaster feels he should use his platform to act the part of a cultural expert, giving commentary on one of the deepest moral and social issues of our times. By pinning this tragic shooting on guns, Costas trivialized the Jovan Belcher situation. See video below:Don’t misunderstand me. I … [Read more...]

Dealing With The Holiday Blues

Lonely Santa girl

The holiday season seems to bring out the blue in all of us. I see it every year – shortly after Thanksgiving, and through the celebrations of the New Year, people struggle with a heaviness of heart. It’s virtually impossible to determine why. Yet, we try. Is it the solar index? Is it the bad news we’ve heard from doctors, family members, or employers? Or is it a failing relationship or unmet expectations for life? It’s hard to sort out sometimes. Whatever makes you blue, here are a few ideas to … [Read more...]

Enjoy The Holiday Season Without Guilt

Butter on a white background

I will exercise less this month. I will eat more butter. And I will feel less guilt about spending fewer minutes on the treadmill and more time at the table. These are a few of my resolutions for the month of December, and they’re largely inspired by Bernard Lagat.Lagat is an insanely fast runner. He’s a four-time Olympian. He owns seven American records. And he won the Fifth Avenue Mile last year in a time of 3 minutes, 50.5 seconds. 3 minutes, 50.5 seconds…Are you kidding me?!! What’s more, … [Read more...]

A Change to Bittersweet Dormancy

change

I have strongly mixed feelings about this time of year. The leaves are gone. The orioles and yellow finches that flittered and filled our back yard with song have left. Even the cornstalks that hemmed us in on four sides have been picked, chopped, and tilled under. The Briar Patch feels exposed, as the season of life has been replaced with a period of dormancy.And yet... there are fires in the fireplace. Hot drinks taste better during these days. We’re bringing the dogs in more often at n … [Read more...]

A 10-Year-Old’s Tribute To Veterans

American Flag

  "When I See The Flag" Written by my daughter, Kate, when she was 10 (she's now 11)  When I see the American flag I think of the thousands of men and women who courageously sacrificed their comfort, and sometimes their lives, for the welfare of their country and the people who dwell in it. Particularly, I think of my dad’s best friend, Mr. Jeff. He had served the United States diligently in Iraq for twenty-one months, but his deployment was over. We were going to meet him as he … [Read more...]


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