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, […]

It’s a Control Thing

Conservative Christians, evangelicals, fundamentalists or whatever you want to call them claim a moral high ground in their arguments about sex. According to them, the Bible says no sex until marriage. But, it doesn’t. Not anywhere. While it may celebrate marriage in multiple places, it never says “Don’t do it!” (it meaning sex, not marriage) So, where […]

Veteran’s Day

As usual on Veterans Day, businesses are offering free stuff to veterans. That’s nice and all, but where are they the other 364 days of the year? In this country, as you read this, as much as 14% of the homeless population has served in the military. Of those homeless veterans, 41% are in unsheltered locations. […]

It’s Past Time Pt III

Almost two weeks ago, in the aftermath of the Aurora shootings, I asked when (and what) were we going to do about the easy  availability of guns to people with mental problems. The Aurora shooter was obviously deranged, yet somehow, he managed to collect a rather extensive arsenal including 6000 rounds of ammo, at least […]

Are We Bullies?

  When I was younger, people said I marched to  the beat of a different drummer, that I was a non-conformist, even unique.  That didn’t make me happy because, when you’re a kid, you know that no matter what adults might tell you, being different is not good thing.  Being different means you stand out, and standing out leads […]