I had my hair shorn as a reminder, & it was the smallest thing that happened today…

Okay, that requires some explanation. I've had difficulty with my long, double-cowlick, curlyish hair most of my life. I'd been threatening to just have the stylist shave it all off for weeks. After some reading up on the state of the world, and really thinking about things I could do for myself and others, I … Continue reading I had my hair shorn as a reminder, & it was the smallest thing that happened today…

When good words are not enough, but at least they’re something… perhaps even a start.

I've been getting headaches over the past few weeks thanks to all the awful things going on in the U.S. I try to think about other things and work on my yard, but somehow the images crop up to make me explode with emotion. A cop kneeling on a man's neck while others scream for … Continue reading When good words are not enough, but at least they’re something… perhaps even a start.

Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

My Copy: 9780867196191 (image from bn.com) Whew--the first volume wanted to knock me down with what I'd read, the way Gen's family was portrayed and how things changed the day the bomb went off. Now, we're in the aftermath, the living death and struggle to survive... if one wants to survive at all. Barefoot Gen … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, Vol. 2: The Day After, by Keiji Nakazawa (trans. by Project Gen)

One of my confusions regarding humans as “born with a sinful nature” (or whatever the heck you call it)…

I couldn't figure out what exactly bothered me so much about the notion that according to Christian thought, we're all born as sinners and have to be redeemed (even though the sin we're begging forgiveness for seems to have happened millennia before we were born). I'd been trying to put this confusion into words all … Continue reading One of my confusions regarding humans as “born with a sinful nature” (or whatever the heck you call it)…

#098– Do These Anti-Gay Preachers Ever Get Tired of Hating?

I've had the "Make America Straight Again" conference notes stuck in my head after seeing some video snippets from day 1 (The Friendly Atheist has the "lowlights"--shudder). This is something that's really bugged me. When I see preachers practically frothing at the mouth about sinners, the gays, feminists, abortion, etc...I have to wonder something. In … Continue reading #098– Do These Anti-Gay Preachers Ever Get Tired of Hating?

#090–When can/should you go from healing a relationship to cutting & running?

I'm a bit ticked off because I was hoping that by now, I'd be listening to a presentation and lecture on the other side of Houston. Instead, here I am cleaning and wondering if a family friend is going to show up or not...again. Seth Andrews is in Houston and I really wanted to hear … Continue reading #090–When can/should you go from healing a relationship to cutting & running?

#073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

(image from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) I first started thinking about this a few days ago when in the midst of my very-long depression article, because I probably watched the trailer for the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? four or five times that morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ It's not playing in my neck of the woods … Continue reading #073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

#066 BLITZ Q: Is “Yankees Hate” a running gag in Hollywood and pop culture, or a real thing?

This is something I've seen in a ton of movies, and t.v. shows. I was re-watching Thomas Jane in The Punisher a few days ago and remembered a moment when the cop was trying to sympathize with Frank Castle when he re-appeared and said "Obviously you're upset." Castle's response (at :25): https://youtu.be/Z7ALyqfv1QI?t=25 I thought that … Continue reading #066 BLITZ Q: Is “Yankees Hate” a running gag in Hollywood and pop culture, or a real thing?

#062–How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say?

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?