May 10, 2016

“I’m gay,” he said. I smiled and replied with an, “I know.” Yet, I could tell the burden wasn’t lifted. It wouldn’t affect anything in our relationship, but I wasn’t the tear in his eye. He still had to tell his mother. Upon that realization, his apparent fear consumed us both. Her brand of Christian faith would not accept this, and somehow my atheism was going to be at fault. My cousin’s son Jay was only 13 when he came out… Read more

April 29, 2016

That noxious scent separating me from my daughters was my manhood, bursting with ego, and rotting with decay from an unknowable distance between us. I learned that the rules of masculinity once protecting me from a violent world, also kept me from healthy relationships with them.  How much more would I sacrifice?  – Alix Jules Feelings suck when you’re a guy. Discovering so many emotional germs floating around inside you is traumatic. These huggie, touchie, know your inner child, blah, blah, “emotions” can sometimes overwhelm. Growing up in Brooklyn, a… Read more

March 3, 2016

The Republican and Democratic National conventions are only a few months away and the world is beginning to scrutinize our choices for the highest seat in the land. A recurring theme from Trump supporters is his ability to get deals done. However, with economies and trade deals often dependent on business like relationships with our global neighbors, perceptions and relationships matter, as they do in business. When pressed on his relationships with the world or particular communities, Trump’s go to line… Read more

March 1, 2016

With the polls showing Trump pulling further ahead of the Republican pack this Super Tuesday, the concern of a Trump nomination turns into to real fear of a Trump Presidency. But is the fear warranted? Let’s look at the effects on a functioning democracy with the current Democratic hopefuls and examine what I think could be the best case scenario during a Trump Presidency. Hillary’s Hill First, is Hillary really that bad? No. It may be a fairly low bar,… Read more

February 28, 2016

Terrifying, but for all the wrong reasons. I got the announcement for the event just a few days prior, “Make ‘Merica Great Again” was coming to Ft.Worth. Why not? The apprehension was stifling, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t.  Just a few days ago, former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, endorsed the Republican frontrunner, and a few days prior, men with pointed white hoods showed up in Nevada to reclaim their piece of Trump… Read more

January 26, 2016

The more we learn about the Flint water crisis, the more we get angry. The more we should get angry. Governor Snyder’s actions were criminal. The calls for resignation have intensified with even more celebrity voices joining the refrain. Matt Damon, actor and co-founder of the nonprofit stated: “At the very least he should resign! At the very least,” Damon told The Daily Beast. “Listen, everybody’s entitled to a fair trial in the United States of America, but that… Read more

January 21, 2016

I’m not going to mince words on this one. For over a year now, All Lives Matter activists and their friends at Fox, have told BLM activists to remain silent. They’ve criticized, condemned, and belittled a movement with the goal to address the unequal treatment of Blacks in America. If you won’t #sayhername, at least have a sip of the poison you’ve allowed through Flint’s colored taps. Let’s shift gears for a moment. I’m not asking you all to address… Read more

October 14, 2015

Religion is a one of the greatest unifiers and dividers of humanity, yet in the context of hate, it only fuels a fraction of our propensity to abhor one another. History tells us that we don’t need much. Our selfish ideologies, desires, greed, and need for self-preservation, all feed the compulsion to take, at the minor cost of kindness and sacrifice of humanity. We survive in groups of sameness, amassing both tribesman and enemies alike, collecting primitive trophies of our… Read more

September 24, 2015

Again. Another family fractured by religion, again. My heart sank as I listened to the story of Kaitlyn, a 19-year old put out by her Mormon parents for being- an atheist? I have children. I have a life-long commitment that I made the moment each of them was born. That is a responsibility I take very seriously. Sure, sometimes kids can be challenging, from toddlers to teens. However, from spilled milk to missed curfews, there’s simply not enough to get me to turn my… Read more

September 10, 2015

You’d  almost call Sarah Palin and the Tea party tone deaf, but they seem to respond exceptionally well to dog whistles. In an address to the Tea Party this Wednesday, Tea Party favorite and Donald Trump supporter, Sarah Palin decided to pay tribute to first responders and police officers everywhere by indicting the President and Black Lives Matter Activist. Appealing to Americana, she states: “…And if you love that freedom, thank a vet!” While you’re at it Sarah, you might… Read more

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