Archives for April 2009

Am I a Liberal Cream-puff, a Pinko-Socialist, a War-Monger, an Obama-Lover, or even a Libertarian?

I like to examine both sides of an argument before I write an opinion, and while I fully admit I’m no expert, I do make the effort to make comparisons to history whenever possible before wading into the debate. Lately however, I’ve found it rather difficult to get two sides of any political conversation. My […]

Bodhisattva Bowwow

3:09 A.M. I sat up suddenly in bed and squinted through the darkness. Marley shook his head, jangling his tags to let me know he was also awake. “How long have you been up, Bubby?” Marley just sighed. I heard him stand and walk towards the bedroom door. “OK, Bubby, just a second,” I slipped […]

The Battle of Olustee: A Tale of the United States Civil War, Part II

Like most of the other men in his company, James Lyons had never been in battle. A former slave, he had joined the 8th United States Colored Troops in Philadelphia only four months earlier. He was proud to call himself free, but claiming freedom didn’t come without problems. There weren’t a lot of jobs available, […]

Laughter Heals

Connie’s friend, ‘Laurie’, had lost her husband to cancer and Connie was doing all she could to help. Some time had passed, and the opportunity to attend a Christian women’s conference presented itself. Hoping it would help Laurie get back into life, Connie invited her to attend, and much to her delight, Laurie agreed. The […]

Running Out of “Fuel” – One Staff Writer’s Experience with Writer’s Block

What makes a writer undoubtedly good? Is it creativity? Is it imagination? Or, is it personal experience? When is it easier for a writer to put thoughts, emotions, and ideas smoothly and effortlessly into valid sentences? Are there any periods in a writer’s life when the act of writing seems like the easiest thing in […]

Do Violent Video Games Actually Teach Us to be Peace-loving?

It’s fashionable at the moment to present the world as diving into chaos and to claim we are suffering ever-reducing personal standards and that, as a result, governments should legislate away every last bit of free will in the misguided theory that to do so means all their new rules will be followed without question. […]

Madonna ─ Proving that While Money Can't Buy You Happiness, it can Buy You a Child

Sometimes I really do wonder what goes on in the heads of celebrities, and nothing demonstrates the weirdness that is celeb-world more than Madonna. Some people when their marriage goes belly up buy a new car, get their hair restyled, buy a new pair of posh shoes, but Madonna trumps all others by buying…another Malawian […]

The Baby Shower Invite ─ Another Annoyance in The Mommy Trenches

It’s Wednesday and I’m slightly thrown off because I’m sick and because my toddler went to her grandma’s today, instead of her usual day (tomorrow)… So, I’m not sure if I’m just cranky because I’m sick or if I am just simply annoyed at this… I just got a baby shower invite and this person’s […]

What Marriage is and Isn’t

It’s interesting to listen to couples in the first blush of love talk about what they want from their relationships. They say things like, “Wouldn’t it be great to be together all the time?” or, “I just feel like I’m dying when we’re not touching”. I would hope that after ten years of marriage, (currently […]

Seven Steps to Jump-Start Your Fat Loss This Spring

Spring is in the air! As I write this, it’s 60 degrees here in New York, and you can smell spring in the air. Spring is typically the time for renewal and rebirth and I always look at spring as an opportunity to re-energize and refocus on my goals. I suggest you take advantage of […]