It’s Just Fiction?

I don’t know about anyone else, but stories have always been a big part of my life. One of the most fond memories from my childhood is sitting with my grandfather while he told me tales about growing up in the Southside neighborhood of Greensboro. Not only were they entertaining, they made the history of my […]

Speaking The Truth In Love: A Response To A Response

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post titled An Open Letter To Those Who “Speak The Truth In Love”. Saying it was a hit is an understatement; right now, it is the second most viewed post on The Progressive Redneck. It received rave reviews and glowing comments, mostly on Facebook since I can’t seem to get people to […]

An Open Letter To Those Who “Speak The Truth In Love”

I want to speak to my conservative brothers and sisters right now. You guys have been using the phrase in the title quite a bit these days and, while I know this expression sounds nice, the truth is it’s  a dog-whistle phrase. And, by that I mean “an innocuous statement which is designed to trigger previously indoctrinated bigotry & […]

It’s Not About The Destination

Like most folks, when I was growing up, my family took one big vacation in the summer and several smaller trips in the spring and fall. And, like most of you, our summer trips often involved the beach and the others the mountains in some form or fashion. I’m old enough that much of this occurred in […]

Imago Dei

Saying that the concept of Imago Dei is not unknown to Christians is an understatement on the order of saying Custer and the Seventh Cavalry had a bad day on the Little Big Horn back in 1876. It’s all over the Bible and has come up in more than one Sunday Sermon. But, for all the hype […]

A Good Man Isn’t Hard To Find

As I read that title, it comes to me that I probably should apologize to Flannery O’Connor for stealing her words (but that’s another story, so to speak). Adding the qualifier “If you know where to look” to the title might not be a bad idea, either. It seems hard to find these days, but […]

Sometimes, A Cigar Is Just A Cigar

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of posts and articles about being in one’s 40’s. I have two reactions when I read them: 1) I chuckle and think “Oh, that’s cute” and 2) I wonder if I sounded the same way when I was in my 40’s. I’m afraid the answer to that is yes, I […]

Sometimes, You Are The Light

The muse doesn’t seem to visiting today, so enjoy this blast from the past while I try to jumpstart the creative process for the rest of the week.  Two quotes motivated this piece. One, from author Robert Fulghum and another by a Raleigh photographer. The first, from Fulghum, came about when he asked noted peace […]

It’s About Time

  I truly admire Andy Schlafly. I would say I love him, but I might sound like a gay (not that there’s anything wrong that). I admire him because he’s fighting the good fight, just like his mom, Phyllis, has all these years. Andy is the owner of Conservapedia, a wiki site he founded to combat the liberal […]

Finding a New Way Home

Yesterday, whether you know it or not, we celebrated the Epiphany, commemorating (at least in western tradition) the visit of the Magi and Jesus being revealed to the Gentiles. Actually, today (January 6th) is the Epiphany, but it’s hard enough to get people into church on a Sunday that isn’t Easter or Christmas, so most […]