This is just not my day, and every time there's something in the mail from mom or a text, it makes me think about this question. This morning's no exception--something came in the mail lately. This thing was something I didn't even recall we had, and don't remember asking for from her. But there it … Continue reading #062–How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say?
I'm sure there's some startled blinking going on at that question. I mean, who the hell wouldn't want somebody else to pay their debts off, really? You probably wouldn't be the first; I haven't found any articles about this very concern. Most of Google is focused on debt consolidation or asking parents if they think … Continue reading #061–How do you keep parents from trying to pay off your debts for you?
I think this is one of those questions that's so damned simple til we really get thinking about it, kinda like the meaning of the word "freedom." What do we expect from our kids, from younger Millennials and the kids growing up today? Technically, I myself am a Millennial, but among the older ones (which … Continue reading #060–What do we expect from American teenagers today?
I've bounced back and forth on this question, because I love to write--and have been trying to get my writing chops back. But I am fuzzy on how to become a good writer, and how to develop your portfolio so people take you seriously, and want you to write for them. What little I can … Continue reading #059–How do you develop the credentials needed to be considered freelance-writer material?
I guess we could call this Part 2 of my question about the value of life. And, not to be an arrogant ass, I feel like I've bumped into an invisible elephant in the room regarding our discussions about mass killings. I've had this weighing on my mind for years, and it hit me today … Continue reading #058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?
This photo is not from my house--it was on Pinterest. There are people in my life who would look at a picture like the one above and start grinning, and tell you which gun is what and what the clip capacity is, how easy to clean and maintain, etc. I know at least one who … Continue reading #057–What’s happened to the value of life in America?
I first saw The Great Dictator when I was writing a grad school research paper. I'd read contemporary articles about the film and its reception, and always saw it on "top comedies" lists, but never watched it til I finally bought the Criterion Collection version. I'm one of those people who love to watch the … Continue reading #056–Can You Think of a Better Way to End the Film, “The Great Dictator?”
I decided to rebel against this shit years ago, and my growing temper will make me keep it up. It hit me when I was a student teacher in the high school and had the classroom to myself for the first time. Well, one kid and his buddies decided to make my life a living … Continue reading #055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?
I refuse to watch most cable news programming. But living where I live, I can't help hearing them once in a while. Last night I was making tea and caught a few minutes of whatever-her-name is and Vicente Fox on a certain network, and it just annoyed the hell out of me. I’m at the … Continue reading #054–Why do guests whose political views differ from their hosts on cable “news” shows even bother to show up?
I'm asking for it, I know--posting a religious question on a Sunday of all days, but when the question won't go away, it just won't. The whole "prosperity gospel" thing's been stewing in my mind for weeks (and years) and I finally just had to do some digging. Well, I've had the same opinion about … Continue reading #053–Does God prefer cash, check or credit card?: or, why the prosperity gospel bugs the hell out of me.