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It’s Not Our Party


Many of us want to be good allies in the fight for racial equality, but we don’t always seem to have a good handle on how to do that. Black comedians have done a pretty good job of lampooning the white character, too eager to join in and be one of the good guys, all the while making everyone uncomfortable. We mean well, presumably, but our efforts are often a little tone-deaf, and sometimes even counterproductive. For instance, I’m not entirely sure, that as white people, we’re supposed to be...

All Uniquely The Same


Here in America, where individualism is the true national religion, we demand the freedom to be different and then work tirelessly to get everyone to follow suit. We fight for our right to be uniquely homogenous, and fight legislation that allows anyone to be different than what we’ve collectively decided is the norm. We all want to be different, just like everyone else.  In my line of work, I’m constantly met with the promise that a new client’s project is entirely unique, expressly...

The Calculus of Cruelty


I never understood the calculus of being cruel. Could never grasp the return on the investment of time and energy. It always seemed like you really had to go above and beyond what was worth one’s time. Had to go out of your way to be unjustifiably cruel.  Greed might be morally reprehensible, but you could at least understand the motivation. Selfishness is a perfectly normal animal trait. Make sure you get yours first. It’s a survival trait. Hoarding is more of a human trait, not typically...

An Eye For An Eye


There is a long history of anti-semitism in America.  One particularly prevalent, and openly racist accusation, was that Jewish people were somehow questionably loyal to America (or wherever they lived) because of a presumed overriding loyalty to Israel. They weren’t “real” Americans, as their loyalty couldn’t be trusted. This has been going on since the establishment of Israel after World War II, when the Allied forces made a mess of large portions of the known world by dividing up...

David Dreams Of Everything


I am sometimes a little despondent that I will unlikely ever be able to do certain things, achieve certain dreams, or accomplish any number of secret wishes or desires. Most things, at least the things I dream about, are not really outside of my grasp but are simply unlikely due to my circumstances and unwillingness to change them. Either because of laziness, earlier life choices, or lack of enough will, I find there are many things I may not do or experience. But I thought of something the...

What Is Love And Who Is My Neighbor?


IN A COUNTRY THAT CLAIMS TO FEAR GOD, what sort of society have we created that allows someone to freeze to death outside, because there is no room for them at the inn Sunday, February 14, 2021 In the 1990s, an SNL skit loosely titled “The Roxbury Guys” featured Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan, often with a guest host included, rocking their heads and dancing to the tune of “What Is Love” by Haddaway. It was popular enough as a skit to be spun into the unfortunate 1998 movie “Night at the...

Your God Is Too Small


How conspiracy theories became bigger than God and ultimately hijacked the Republican Party Thursday, February 11, 2021 Let’s be honest about this, that’s why your church, and your way of life, are dying. You talk as if you had a big God, but you don’t act like it. If you had an all-powerful God on your side, you wouldn’t be so fearful of change. If you had an Old Testament God who protected His flock while scattering His enemies before you, you wouldn’t need so many guns. If you believed we...



We lose our nerve as we age, there is no getting around it. Not you, you say. Maybe so. Momentum is a wonderful thing and if you’re already moving, it’s not so hard to keep it going. If you’re a hardcore traveler and you just keep traveling, it’s probably easier to survive on forward momentum. But if and when we stop, and sit down, say for a few decades, it’s really hard to start running again. I was never naturally adventurous, even though I’ve done a lot of far-out things. I had to...

The Not So Great Outdoors


When I think of my favorite writers, I don’t spend a lot of time imagining them outside. Some of my favorite writers, and comedians, seem to be more of what Jim Gaffigan calls “indoorsy.” I think of David Sedaris, Calvin Trillin, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Bryson, Malcolm Gladwell, and Anne Lamott and none of them write long tomes about the great outdoors. John Muir they are not. If anything, they tend to live indoors, often in or near cities, and talk about their fear, hatred or general distaste for...

The Magic Of Failure


The dictionary defines magic as “an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source.” I think of writing as a kind of magic. A collection of charms, spells, incantations and rites that I’ve been developing since I discovered the power of language and realized it could used as a tool to unlock untold worlds and reveal hidden treasures. A lot of people, probably myself included, most often think of writing and writers, as those who write novels and aspire to tell stories...

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