The Mary Jacket

It was an ugly, brown polyester gas station attendant’s jacket, made all the more unsightly by large rips, frayed edges, and a phalanx of safety pins. I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen.

Trivial Pursuits

As I age, I'm dealing with the inevitable realities of diminished mental capacity. Neuroscientists have suggested that our minds peak at 22 and start deteriorating around 27. Based on personal experience, that sounds about right. That's not to say that I'm getting dumber. In fact, there is no age at which we can't still learn … Continue reading Trivial Pursuits

They do not move

ESTRAGON:Wait! (He moves away from Vladimir.) I sometimes wonder if we wouldn't have been better off alone, each one for himself. (He crosses the stage and sits down on the mound.) We weren't made for the same road. VLADIMIR:(without anger.) It's not certain. ESTRAGON:No, nothing is certain. Vladimir slowly crosses the stage and sits down … Continue reading They do not move

Faith in Capitalism

As the debate over the economy rages, one common dichotomy keeps resurfacing to frame the whole topic in drastic shades of good vs. evil.  The opposing forces are Capitalism (good) and Socialism (evil).  Complex narratives often get reduced to such simplistic terms, and we prefer it that way.  "Economics is complicated," we say, "just give … Continue reading Faith in Capitalism

What God and Hipsters Have In Common

Not to harp on this subject any longer, but one of the funnier comments left on the Washington Post article was one referring to me, inexplicably, as a "Pretentious Hipster Doofus."  Or something like that, I'm not really gonna research it. This is quite funny to me and, I imagine, to most people who have … Continue reading What God and Hipsters Have In Common

Extranatural: How Intelligent Design Hopes To Reclassify ‘God’

Ex-tra-nat-u-ral: Adj. - 1. Any explanation for unexplained phenomenon that is a possibility in nature, yet so outside the realm of normal human experience and scientific discovery that it is highly improbable.  2. A method of explaining the Supernatural as an aspect of the Natural. Let’s discuss the idea of God A Designer as a … Continue reading Extranatural: How Intelligent Design Hopes To Reclassify ‘God’