Listen, I’m not totally anti-darkness. For instance, I used to be an orthodox night owl, and once my age/health and career rendered my nightowlism unsustainable, I learned that I sleep better in a room that is totally dark. However, set aside those few quirky exceptions, and shifting from this ridiculous introduction to my primary point: … Continue reading Daylight Is Always Better: Climate Change, Racism, Oligarchy, Sexual Harassment/Assault, Guns, Etc.
I’ve written a number of posts in response to the gun violence problem in this country, mostly expressing my dismay and outrage that our government has done little to nothing to address the problem, while thousands die every year. Thankfully, my life has not been directly touched by gun violence. No one I know has … Continue reading Guns, Cancer, Money & National Priorities
As of this writing, 9 people are dead, slaughtered today by a now-dead-as-well gunman at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” —A slogan used by gun rights advocates See, the problem with this statement is that if we wait until a … Continue reading Godamn Guns
Sorry to start out the week on such a downer, but I just can’t hide my deep sadness at the relentless gun-violence madness in the news lately. July 14, 2012 Father shoots 3-year old son, himself Same exact day: July 14, 2012 Boy, 3, accidentally shoots, kills father in Indiana home after finding his loaded … Continue reading I.Hate.Guns.
After my depressing post this morning, I thought I’d lighten things up, WAY up, with this sweet clip from last night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for this week’s Video Fridays installment. I’ve been a HUGE fan of Jeff Tweedy, since his days in Uncle Tupelo, through his over 20 years in Wilco, and … Continue reading Video Fridays: Jeff Tweedy & Stephen Colbert
Like bringing a knife to a gunfight. –Origin unknown You know that old saying, used frequently as a metaphor for entering into a situation inadequately equipped or prepared? Well, consider this example of the opposite scenario: So, this past weekend, my wife and I and our dog Zuki were at the dog park at nearby … Continue reading Like Bringing A Knife To A Gunfight vs. Like Bringing A Gun To A Dog Park
So, John Lennon would have turned 75-years old today if some lunatic with a gun hadn’t taken him down nearly 35 years ago. Don’t get me started again on guns. Lennon was a polarizing figure for sure, a flawed human being like everyone else, but there’s no question that his is one of the greatest … Continue reading Video Fridays: Happy Birthday, John Lennon!
There was a time, not long ago, when I would watch a video like the one below and cynically dismiss it as the product of people with WAY too much time on their hands. But when I watched the following earlier today, posted by a friend on Facebook, I had a very different reaction indeed. … Continue reading If More People Were Into Extreme Shepherding, The World Would Be A Better Place
There’s an utterly fascinating article right now at The Atlantic, that also happens to be worthy of a Headline of the Day installment… ….for this headline certainly caught my attention: The Freakishness of Christianity —The Atlantic It’s a thought-provoking introduction to ideas put forth by Christian evangelical theologian Russell D. Moore in his new book … Continue reading Headline of the Day: Christian Freakishness?
This is fantastic! Via Inhabitat, check out San Francisco designer, entrepreneur, and yoga enthusiast Dan Abramson’s Yoga Joes. (see more photos below!) Like millions of young American boys, I had an extensive collection of little green plastic army men, and I had them before I totally understood the horrors of war, before the Vietnam War … Continue reading Yoga Joes: War meets Ahimsa