Hallowed

In which I attempt to dispel misinformation about Halloween, All Hallows, and notions of what is and isn't hallowed. Read More...

Swingers

The vote don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing! Read More...

Two worlds

Bridging a cultural divide requires first that we see the gap, and second that we understand its origin. Read More...

Freedom, not immunity

A tale of some letters to the editor, misunderstandings, and misinterpretations. Read More...

How do you define irrational?

Emotions aren't always proportional. Even when dictionaries are involved. Read More...

The voodoo that you do

Just because it works, doesn't mean it makes sense. Read More...

Didn't need to know…

Gleaning writing lessons from a stranger's poor behavior. Read More...

I know nothing! Nothing!

Ignorance is neither brave nor patriotic. Read More...

With a capital 'I'

Giving brains a bad name. (34CPP49H9WUP) Read More...

Cut and paste

Editing the narrative isn't just for fiction... Read More...

Jostling

One misstep leads to a tiny enlightenment. Read More...

Not lost

Not all who wander are lost. Read More...

Ambi-sinister

Which is right and which is left? Read More...

Hatchets

If you’re not the injured party, you don’t get to decide who gets forgiven. Read More...

Crazy (take two)

It doesn’t seem insane from some points of view. Read More...

Crazy?

Remembering a seemingly unneighborly neighbor. Read More...

Thin skinned?

Being a barefoot philosopher. Read More...

I didn't mean…

Perceptions color our senses. Read More...

Red-blooded

Correct isn’t always the same as truth. Read More...

In the dark

When waiting for an answer isn’t a good strategy. Read More...

…Of gold

Not all connections last. Read More...

Wicked!

Trying to sort out the varying definitions. Read More...

Sampling

Is it the sample or the sampler? Read More...

Snuffles

Trying to explain allergies uncovers more confusion. Read More...

Mr. Know-it-all

Tenacious or stubborn? Read More...

The nature of naughty

Testing boundaries isn’t always the same as crossing a line. Read More...

Human nature

Contradictions, are different sides of the same thing? Read More...

It's different when it's not yours

Inconvenience, or disaster? Read More...

Blankety-blank

Strong language, strong meaning, or both? Read More...

Absolutely!

Be sure of your facts. Read More...

Making a...

Empty coffee pots lead to disagreements. Read More...

Meaningful

How an author can try too hard yet look like he didn’t try at all. Read More...

Chewin' on life's gristle

Teach me to criticize someone else for being grumpy... Read More...

You understand, right?

We rely on commonalities to communicate. Read More...

Meeting of minds

If you don’t understand the frame of reference... Read More...

Framing

When all you look for is... Read More...

Having opinions

A quality opinion requires knowledge. Read More...

Johnny One-note

Beating a dead horse. Read More...

…Or consequences

Some things have to be earned. Read More...

Projectionist

Seeing ourselves in others. Read More...

The Nature of Evil

Evil isn’t a cartoon. Read More...

Meant to be?

Past tense vs. present. Read More...

Double-toothpicks

Faith shouldn’t be based on fear. Read More...

From where I'm standing

Sometimes it’s a difference in experience. Read More...

A smile on my face

“He makes me laugh.” Read More...

Getting to know you

How well do you know your friends? Read More...

Hard teacher

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.--Vernon Sanders Law Read More...

Closing

Getting in the last word isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Read More...

Fishin'

Some people are always fishing for something. Read More...

Trainwrecks

Sometimes we can’t look away. Read More...

Meanie value theorem

Don’t be deceived by apologists. Read More...

(Mis)understanding

Sometimes we really are in different worlds. Read More...

Sense of rumor

Guessing wrong is not the same as lying. Read More...

The fixer-upper

Partner or project? Read More...

Fluffy bunnies

Misconceptions about happiness. Read More...

Entitled

There’s no such thing as free. Read More...

Virtuous circle

The opposite of a vicious circle. Read More...

In perspective

So many connections... Read More...

If it ain't broke…

...and if it isn’t yours... Read More...

Too close for…

Take a step back and look at the big picture. Read More...

On the other hand, and the other…

Trying to find a win in a lose-lose situation. Read More...

Need a hug?

The subtleties of hugging. Read More...

Winner

The key to winning. Read More...

Grace

Wearing one’s faith on one’s sleeve. Read More...

Life is…

Matters of perception and acceptance. Read More...

Being and appearing

Do appearances deceive or create? Read More...

Sometimes a cigar…

Being offended on another’s behalf. Read More...

It's not what you think

And it’s not that complicated. Read More...

The Cult of the Helpless

What you don’t know can hurt you. Read More...

Downhill

Being on the receiving end. Read More...

The ties that…

Reflections on trust and distrust. Read More...

Raging monkey

The sources of rage. Read More...

With blinders

What we want is what we see. Read More...

Mr. Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm isn’t the same as passion. Read More...

On the road of life

Some things you must take for yourself. Read More...

What matters

Picking your battles. Read More...

A million ways

If you want to be happy... Read More...

Averages

When “above average” doesn’t mean what you think. Read More...

I am still breathin'

Midlife what? Read More...

The widow's mite

A lesson in value and perception. Read More...

Leaping tall buildings

Reflecting on the life of Christopher Reeve. Read More...

The pursuit of…

Unhappiness, happiness, and other things. Read More...

Habitual (re)action

Ruts come in many forms. Read More...

Outsight

Being an outsider isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, take two. Read More...

Dis this, dis that

We don’t have to dislike the same things/people to be friends. Read More...

Not a bad person…

Damning with faint praise. Read More...

Self-made

How hate becomes obsession. Read More...

Critical?

Critique is not always the same as criticism. Read More...

Signals

Misreading appearances. Read More...

Present company excepted

The pros and cons of generalization. Read More...

I used to care, but...

When someone plays the guilt card. Read More...

Defining shapes

Re-defining a problem’s framework can make any answer, no matter how ridiculous, appear correct. Read More...

The Trouble with Truth

Some people can’t tell fact from... Read More...

Being the Other

Another look at the notion of “outside looking in.” Read More...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

A comment on making ill-informed opinions leads to a surprising place. Read More...

Understanding

Understanding doesn’t equal agreement. Read More...

Opposites detract

It’s not always either/or. Read More...

It's never about what it's about

Looking to subtext and beyond. Read More...

The Season of Darkness

Meditation of the depths of winter. Read More...

Playing Well

Listening to a tirade gives insight. Read More...

The Tragedy of Descarte

It’s never as simple as some people pretend it is. Read More...