The Wisdom Of Atticus Finch

I haven’t said much about the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for Michael Brown’s death because I’m still processing it. I have a lot of questions about they arrived at this conclusion and, until I’ve worked them out, I’m keeping my mouth shut. Something I’m not having trouble processing is the response […]

It Doesn’t Work That Way

In the past few years, I’ve become aware of something called privilege (I’m a white boy; cluelessness is part of the package). It’s not hard to figure why:  almost every conversation about equality these days involves privilege one way or another. Not only that, the internet is flooded with articles about it. And, almost every one of the […]

First World Problems

I’m having another one of those days where I can’t seem to write anything worth reading. This time, however, it’s not writer’s block or lack of ideas. This morning, I’m having a hell of time thinking about anything other than the fact that my head hurts like a mother…, well, you know. I’m not sure […]

Snow Day

Yesterday, my part of the country had its first significant snowfall in a couple of years;  which,  according to Eric Chilton on WFMY-TV, was 1.5 inches. I realize that’s a light dusting for some of you, but keep in mind the term “significant” is relative; in places that get don’t much snow (like the South), pretty much […]

Doing Important Stuff Here

  I hope  you all watched the Grammys last night, because something amazing happened: during the broadcast, 33 couples, both straight and LGBT, were married in a ceremony conducted by Queen Latifah while Macklemore performed “Same Love”. It was amazing! Okay, I can only assume it was; I didn’t watch because, well, it’s all just too […]

Holly Was a Hoodrat

Right now, one of my favorite songs is How a Resurrection Really Feels from The Hold Steady’s amazing Separation Sunday album. Today’s title is the first line of that song’s chorus and it was that line that caught my attention. I know a couple of Holly’s and they are so not hood rats. It was the rest of the song, […]

Hang Him!!!

That damn Tony Jones has done it again, saying controversial stuff and pissing off people all over the internet. This time, it was the atheists. Normally, I wouldn’t care because atheists are infidels who are bound for hell wearing gasoline underwear. But why let something as trivial as that interfere with the opportunity to vent […]

Being Right

In a recent blog post titled Straight White Men Shouldn’t Write about Power and Privilege, Right?, Tony Jones said he didn’t write about them to “avoid the charge, “Who the hell are you to write about such things?!?” I’d say Tony’s problems stem less from being a privileged person writing about privilege than from making boneheaded statements […]

Privilege, It’s What’s for Dinner.

One of my favorite people in the whole world is Kimberly Knight. Her Coming Out Christian blog on Patheos is a must-read for me, we’re Facebook and Twitter friends and we even know each other in real life. A church and tech nerd of the first order, she’s “down with the J-man” and a Jesus […]

From a White Man

Last night, I watched “Open Conversation Take 2: Toward Mutual Liberation“. Well, I watched part of it. It ran kinda long and one of the people I really wanted to hear, Kimberly Knight, lost her internet connection and wasn’t able to participate. But, it also had Anthony Smith, Steve Knight and Holly Roach, people I like and […]