Blame culture of violence, not guns, for tragedy

It’s another tragedy in what seems to be an endless wave of violence. A church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, lost 26 parishioners with another 20 hospitalized after Devin Patrick Kelley walked in during services on Sunday and opened fire.   Predictably, the calls for prayers and sympathy were followed by calls for gun control. Those…

Freedom of speech sometimes includes silent protests

I love our American flag. Whenever it passes by in a parade, I put my right hand to my heart, usually with my camera in my hand. I recite the Pledge of Allegiance and stand proudly when the National Anthem plays or is sang (even when it’s sang horribly). I’ve never considered it a requirement…

No small steps in this man’s kind gesture

A few days ago, the United States remembered a dark day in our history, when thousands were killed in terrorist attacks on American soil. Among them were more than 300 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty as they tried to save people inside the World Trade Center. My partner, Todd, did…

Genuine giving means doing it without being asked

It’s been more than a week since Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston, Texas, and the surrounding communities, bringing about incredible destruction and devastation. In the days that followed, we saw that, despite the toxic state of our country’s government, people could still come together and help those in need. I couldn’t have been the only…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Moving right along, if not according to plan

I’ve been noticeably absent on the internet lately, especially on the blog. That was unintentional, but the month of May has been a busy one for me. It was the month I had to say goodbye to the place I’d called home for almost four years and find another place to live. It wasn’t in…