The Poor Will Always Be With Us

The meme to your left has been making the rounds on the internet, lately. Quite a few progressive people, myself included, were quick to share it. As memes go, it’s not bad. Well, except for one thing: Franks never actually said that. It  comes from the Facebook group Stop The World, The Teabaggers Want Off, whose stock in trade […]

Of Chia Pets And Used Underwear

Today, I want to share an article I found this morning in The Old North State Beacon (“All the fake news that’s fit to print since I made the site up this morning”): Woman Stunned To Find Poor And Homeless Don’t Want Her Leftovers          A Greensboro woman was bewildered when a local ministry for […]

What You Don’t Know

I saw this online recently and wanted to tell the poster, “What you don’t know is that the girl in front of you with the iPhone may have just lost her job and her service hasn’t been cut off yet. Or maybe uses food stamps to feed her kids because her insufficient paycheck is enough to […]

10 Things Everyone Should Know

Every so often, I see lists of things someone thinks the rest of us should know. Never being one to shy away from stealing an idea, I decided to do my own. So, here’s my contribution. It’s not about you _ This, for me at least, is the core of the Gospel. You know, “love your […]

Those Damn Poor People

This morning, as I always do, I made a cup of coffee and sat down to see what blog fodder I could pull from the ephemera that is the internet. Many days it can be a bit of a chore; not today, though. One of the very first things I saw was a story shared […]

“Those People”

A few days ago, I wrote a piece titled “Are You a Bigot?” where I said “Probably not, but you’ve more than likely said bigoted things and didn’t even realize it.” In the last 24 hours, I saw two examples of this very thing. One has to do with the recent hoopla over Abercrombie and […]

A Changed Man

Yesterday was a pretty good day. The weather was nice, I got spend some unexpected time with Diana and, I got to hang out with my brother from another mother, Hugh Hollowell. It was, for us, a remarkably focused conversation. We both have just the tiniest touch of ADD (each of us combined having the […]

The Rich Young Man

A certain ruler asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. You know the commandments: Don’t commit adultery. Don’t murder. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. Honor your father and mother.” Then the ruler said, “I’ve kept all of these things […]

That’s Just Common

In “Brother to a Dragonfly“, Will Campbell tells a story about a preacher he knew named Thad Garner. Campbell said Garner was the most profane and profound man he ever knew.  Garner always referred to himself as his church’s mascot, saying “They feed me well. They even love me. They pat me on the head […]

Shoes for the Homeless Guy

I’m sure you all remember the picture to the left, as it went viral.Taken a couple of weeks ago, it shows NYPD officer Larry DePrimo giving a homeless man a pair of boots. Since it was published, more information has come out about DePrimo and the homeless man, Jeffrey Hillman, causing some backlash. People were not thrilled that […]