Last week, I was shocked to hear that a childhood hero of mine – or, more specifically, the actor who portrayed him – had died. He was only 49 and in great health, as far as the rest of the world knows. The cause of death was not natural; it was suicide. Jason David Frank … Continue reading To Be Alive
I don’t like small talk. I can appreciate a casual, friendly conversation, and I like to think I’m a pretty good listener. But it’s hard to enjoy small talk because I’m not very good at it. Part of the problem is that I can’t relate to most of it, as I have very little in … Continue reading Can We Talk?
On the last day of February in 1983, two men entered the basement of an abandoned Victorian home in St. Louis, Missouri. One lit a cigarette in the dark, perhaps to make their search for scrap metal easier, but the glow revealed something else. Lying on the floor was the body of a headless female, … Continue reading Just Like Us
In my last post, I tried to explain my fundamental problem with the “conservatism” of the Republican Party. This time, I would like to finish up by laying out the specific problems I have with their actual practice (or lack thereof). First, Republicans refuse to encourage virtue. Instead of promoting an idea on its own … Continue reading What’s Wrong with the Right?
In my previous post, I spoke of politics in terms of liberal and conservative, rather than Democrat and Republican. That’s because my chief focus was on philosophy, not on party. But since left and right in our society are virtually synonymous with the two major parties, I may as well address the elephant in the … Continue reading No Good Reason
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. That glorious time of year when we all get to show someone how much we care. The stores are filled with red and pink; romantic ads show up everywhere; and lots of couples will jump at the chance for a special occasion. Sure, the whole thing is a commercialized, superficial racket; … Continue reading Ain’t Love Grand?