One nation under God, divisible

It’s horrifying to see the photos and videos of what unfolded over the weekend in Charlottesville. In this day and age, it’s despicable to see such hate flourish in what is supposed to be the land of the free.   Granted, we all know there are white supremacists and neo-Nazis in America. However, we’ve been…

When it comes to curtailing free speech, one university pulls the trigger

There’s a new health warning from Southern Methodist University about the American flag. Apparently, it triggers something with college students. I wish I was joking about this, but the university has told a student group called Young Americans For Freedom that it would not allow the students to set up its display of 3,000 flags…

Hitting the trail and enjoying the view

It hasn’t always been easy getting up and going out for some exercise, which might explain why I went from being a skinny stick in my teen years to being a tad overweight now that I’ve passed the 40 mark. It helps when there’s some kind of motivation, like a loved one encouraging you, or…

Lemonade stands latest threat to London

They say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. What they don’t tell you is that you better be prepared to drink it all yourself, because if you try to sell it, that’s when bad things happen. While flipping through my Facebook feed, one of my friends shared a post linking to an opinion…

Trump Jr. newest poster child for what’s wrong in politics

The latest scandal du jour is the revelation that Donald Trump, Jr., and others affiliated with our current president met with representatives of the Russian government in Trump Tower last year, when the president was just a candidate, in the hopes of getting information on Hillary Clinton that would tank her dreams of becoming president….

Inspiration can strike with an open palm or a pair of brass knuckles

Inspiration strikes you at the strangest times. Many times, it’ll be when you’re ill-prepared to follow the story down the garden path. I’ve had many occasions where the roadmap for my story suddenly became crystal clear, but by the time I could get to my computer to start typing, the illuminate links in my story…

The fight for independence—not the act, but the word

July has arrived, and with it a period of epic picnics and fireworks. That means only one thing. I’m breaking out the big soapbox. We’re hours away from a day that’s supposed to be dedicated to America’s independence, when our forefathers decided they were mad as hell at England, and they weren’t going to take…

All’s fair in creampuffs and murder

Who has fond memories of going to the county fair? Who remembers riding the rides on the midway, gorging themselves on every fried food imaginable from flashy food wagons? Who remembers oohing and aahing over the assortment of animal entries—big pigs, friendly cows and those cute little bunnies in the cages. I’m really sorry, but…

Shkreli’s day of reckoning delicious, regardless of circumstance

It could be poetic justice for many if Martin Shkreli ends up going to prison, at least for people living with HIV and cancer. Shkreli angered people on a massive scale two years ago when he jacked up the price of Daraprim, which treats both conditions, from $13.50 per pill to $750. It earned him…

When art is your identity and identity is your art

Every community has some kind of identity. Many times, the identity comes from a moment in history, like my hometown being the first unofficial territorial capitol of Arizona. When I was working for a newspaper at Lake Powell, the community identified itself as the “Gateway to Canyon Country.” Of course, regular readers of this blog…

Don’t like homemade baked goods? Deal with it, cupcake!

An interesting thing happened yesterday while everyone was scratching their heads and trying to figure out what President Trump meant when he tweeted “covfefe.” In Wisconsin, a judge overturned a ban on selling homemade baked goods following a challenge brought by three women who claimed the law made it impossible for home bakers to legally…