I think it's safe to say that, right now, public discourse isn't at its loftiest point in our history. Up until last week, I told myself that things could certainly be worse, saying "Hey, no one's taken a stick to a colleague on the Senate floor while a compatriot pulled a pistol to keep everyone … Continue reading The Tone Police
As you may have noticed over the last few days, it’s been rather difficult to turn on a news program without hearing about the White House’s latest policy debacle, the separation of families attempting to cross our southern border. This was a fairly big story before, but it really came to dominate the headlines last … Continue reading Family Matters
Well, my friends, I had another birthday this week. And, as the title of this missive indicates, this one marks 57 years on the planet. My father taught me from a very young age that I had a responsibility to give back to my community and in an effort to do just that, every year … Continue reading What I’ve Learned in 57 Years
I realize that may be a shocking title for some of you, but I really can’t think of any other way to describe the phenomenon I’m writing about today. You all know who I’m talking about, though. We’ve all seen them, loudly voicing their support for Trump, the Second Amendment, and making America “great” again. … Continue reading Butt Hurt White People
Recently, I read an article that said 6.7% of Americans suffer from depression. A year ago, I would've said, "No, that's too much. 22 million people? No way that many folks are depressed." But, I've been hanging out with comedians for the past year and now I'm like, "Yeah, that sounds about right." If anything, … Continue reading ADHD and Me
Today's essay was supposed to be about my incredulity at America's obsession with the royal wedding. But, that fell by the wayside when news broke of yet another school shooting. I’m not going into detail about it; by now, you should know the particulars well enough to make that a waste of time. But, saying … Continue reading What the Hell America?
A lot of people claim the biblical story of Esther is their favorites. And, really, who can blame them? The tale of Esther has everything you could ever want: intrigue, revenge, misogyny, sex, violence. Oh yeah, there’s some courage, a little love and a smattering of devotion in there, too. You may be scratching your … Continue reading You Really Ought to Read it First: The Story of Esther