Brave New World, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Living, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Rants & Opinions, Religion

It’s Going To Be An Issue

Little more than a week ago, I posted about what was then the upcoming oral arguments presented to the United States Supreme Court dealing with same-sex marriage. That post, titled Children In The Crosshairs, related one of my personal concerns about the impact this decision (due in June) may have on innocent children.Now that the arguments… Continue reading It’s Going To Be An Issue

Brave New World, Culture, Divorce, Family, Living, Love & Marriage, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, Poetry

Children In The Crosshairs

According to information I've read over the last couple days, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next week that relate to same-sex marriage. With nearly 150 friend-of-the-court briefs already filed, the justices will hold an extended (2½ hours) hearing. As I understand the issue, SCOTUS will be grappling with the Constitution's Fourteenth… Continue reading Children In The Crosshairs

Books, Christianity, Culture, Fiction, Living, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, Poetry, Television

Fire in the Hole

Saying goodbye ... it's an inevitable part of life. When one says goodbye to fictional characters, it shouldn't be a wrenching loss – unless the characters are so well-drawn and true to life, they've become embedded in your life. This kind of goodbye doesn't just represent a closed book of characters but also the way in which… Continue reading Fire in the Hole

Culture, Education, Living, Pet Peeves, Rants & Opinions

Preferred Pronoun Fitness

Currently, my Beloved is a dues-paying member of the now-famous (or infamous, depending upon one's point of view) Planet Fitness franchise of non-judgmental workout centers. The recent hubbub revolves around a female member who expressed her dismay (to PF management) and questioned the appropriateness of a naked – and obviously male – individual boldly ensconced in the women's… Continue reading Preferred Pronoun Fitness

Arkansas, Books, Culture, Family, Rants & Opinions

DHS . . . Friend or Foe?

About ten years ago, my elder daughter picked up her son from his junior high school and headed home. In the car with them was my daughter's infant, swaddled within the confines of a federal- and state-mandated and approved infant car seat. A stop at the pharmacy was necessary and the infant was fast asleep… Continue reading DHS . . . Friend or Foe?

Books, Christianity, Culture, Faith, History, Living, Religion, Villains

A Devouring Angel of Light

One of my friends has a loved one who suffers from chronic, unrelenting pain, a physical issue that rarely ebbs and can't be controlled by medications (since the guy chooses to remain aware of and active in the world around him). The man has a family and wants to hold onto his job, even though working… Continue reading A Devouring Angel of Light

Books, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Living, Love & Marriage, Narcissism, Religion, Television

The Church of Oprah, Bell and Zimzum

The recent conversation between Oprah and Rob Bell, featured in a video entitled Super Soul Sunday, has created lots of buzz over the last couple days. Perhaps the most striking comments emerging from this conversation – and the portion garnering the most attention – is Bell's assertion that the church (one would presume in context… Continue reading The Church of Oprah, Bell and Zimzum

Adventure, Brave New World, Culture, Dogs, Dying, Family, Fiction, Films, Living, Television, Villains

Walking Dead At Downton

On the surface, the two shows (The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey) could not be more different. What they do have in common is – at least here in the central time zone – both shows air at 8 p.m. on Sundays. That requires some juggling, yes, so maybe things are getting slightly muddled in my… Continue reading Walking Dead At Downton

Arkansas, Christianity, Faith, Hope, Living, Religion

Snow Days and Disappointment

Do you ever have a day when you're tempted to stay in bed? Today would have been an excellent day to follow that plan. In my neck of the woods, last night's much-anticipated (though not necessarily by me) snow accumulation brought a welcome day off from school or work for many ... although for some, it was already the… Continue reading Snow Days and Disappointment

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Deconstructing Fifty Shades of de Sade

Here we are ... celebrating Valentine's Day 2015. It's a long weekend due to the so-called Presidents' Day holiday ... which was initially a celebration for George Washington's birthday (the 22nd) ... but then was expanded to include Abraham Lincoln's birthday (the 12th) as well ... and when Congress suggested honoring all US presidents with a single holiday to be known as Presidents'… Continue reading Deconstructing Fifty Shades of de Sade