I Was Promised a Taco Truck

As you all may remember from my year-long romp through the mobile restaurants of New York City, I am a big fan of food trucks. There is nothing quite like the delicious joy of walking around a corner to find a surprise eatery sitting there providing lunch at moderately high prices. It is so worth […]

The Divided Kingdom – Brexit, Trump, & the United Methodist Church

Yesterday our cousins over in England voted to cut themselves off from their neighbors and leave the European Union in what is now know as the Brexit. This decades-long exercise in cooperation and tolerance has come to an end for the people of England, formerly of the United Kingdom. I say formerly of the United […]

An Angry Post About Politics

Hello. Welcome. I’m glad you’re here. I’m not sure why you chose to click on a link titled “An Angry Post About Politics,” but it is clear that you need a break. I’m happy to give it to you. Why don’t we start by taking three deep breaths. Inhale… (hold it) Exhale… Good. Inhale… (hold […]

Why I Would Not Attend My Child’s Same-Sex Wedding

Marriage is a funny word. It means one thing to the church, and another thing to the state. It can mean vastly different things, even to different sets of people who are themselves married. Quite literally it means joining two things together, but the debate continues to rage on as to what restrictions ought to […]

How Donald Trump Tried to Ruin My Choir Rehearsal

It was tough last night, but I defeated Donald Trump. I apologize for even writing this, because he certainly doesn’t need any more attention or articles written about him, but the story must be told. I will keep it brief and then you can devote your time to reading about people who ought to be read […]

A Little Good-Old-Fashioned Racism

The only thing that should surprise me, really, was how surprised I was at the displays of racism I encountered yesterday in small-town Vermont. But I was surprised. It shook me out of my little progressive bubble that is my accidental hiding place from the rest of the world. I don’t mean to hide, and believe […]

Women and Children Last

Mother’s Day is coming up, which means it’s time to start thinking about all of the wonderful ways that dear old Mom has sacrificed, struggled, and otherwise dedicated her life to making sure that our lives are awesome.  Of course, not every mother is a good mother, but even if yours stinks she at least […]

The Top 10 Reasons to Be Poor

1) It Takes Money to Lose MoneyIf you do not have any money, you will not be worried about losing any of it.  Stocks, interest rates, and all sorts of other boring and stressful things will be somebody else’s headache.  You can sit back and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that […]

How to Talk to Your Kids About Walmart

Yesterday, as I was driving my daughter to her first ice skating lesson, we somehow got onto the topic of Walmart.  “You hate Walmart,” my daughter stated correctly from the back seat.  “You can never find anything there.”  This was also correct.  The layout of Walmart confuses me, and there seem to be random bins […]

Virginia’s Electoral Votes

A recent article in the Huffington Post (via the Richmond Times-Dispatch) states that the Commonwealth of Virgina (commonwealth?  hmmmm, sounds socialist…) wants to divide up their electoral votes by congressional district, rather than giving them all to whoever wins the popular vote overall.  Or rather a Senate subcommittee decided this with no recommendation.  They do […]