#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?

#069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

I was doing wrapping up a stream of consciousness writing assignment (my faithful wastebasket next to me so I can hock up my lungs a bit at a time), writing away when it hit me. Could this be a psychosomatic issue? Can you get cold/flu/whatever-like symptoms in order to avoid something? My mind-body connection seems … Continue reading #069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

#064 Blitz Q: Who Would You LEAST Like to Meet–The Xenomorph or The Predator?

Image from horrorfreaknews.com Forget theĀ  "AvP" movies (mainly because I haven't seen the flicks, so I can't do a pros and cons list of their strengths and weaknesses against each other). I'm talking original franchises. I'm talking the original Alien and the original Predator from the 70s and 80s films. I've been on a sci-fi … Continue reading #064 Blitz Q: Who Would You LEAST Like to Meet–The Xenomorph or The Predator?

#063–In police pursuits, why do suspects still bother trying to escape when the helicopters join in?

Header image from khou.com (3/21/2018). It's been some beautiful weather, and two days in a row, Houston's had two major police chases. Ah, Spring has come, with lovely sunny days and perfect temperatures for the first time in months. Which begs the question: who the hell wants to hang out in a jail cell on … Continue reading #063–In police pursuits, why do suspects still bother trying to escape when the helicopters join in?

#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 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?

#048–Why do some people play music on their phones without headphones or earbuds in public places?

The Universe strikes again with something I can work with. I have excellent hearing. Even now I can hear Starbucks' sound system through my wrap-around headphones, which are on to diminish the noise so I can write. Also, it was to tune out a whole different noise that I couldn't define (but I assume was … Continue reading #048–Why do some people play music on their phones without headphones or earbuds in public places?

#046–How much would the conversation change if the media focused on the victims instead of the killers?

(Image from theconversation.com) I am one of those people. I am a true crime book reader, and a fan of movies, miniseries, documentaries, and t.v. shows about true crime. I find myself watching, fascinated, by what's going on, or what happened in a particular case. It's not about a fascination with the killer exactly; it's … Continue reading #046–How much would the conversation change if the media focused on the victims instead of the killers?

#045–What do you do when you need a mental health day, but can’t get off work for it yet?

I think we're all in a pretty lousy place this past year. There was a meme people passed around that became my mantra on New Years Eve, 2016: "The first rule of 2017: do not talk about 2016" What sucks is this year is shaping up to be more of the same, if not worse. … Continue reading #045–What do you do when you need a mental health day, but can’t get off work for it yet?