"IDEAS ARE LIKE RABBITS. YOU GET A COUPLE, LEARN HOW TO HANDLE THEM, AND PRETTY SOON, YOU HAVE A DOZEN." – John Steinbeck

A Gulf Coast Confessional

I felt a bit goofy bobbing in the emerald waves with my Morey boogie board looking for a powerful wave that didn’t come. She was being gentle after years of roughing me up. I don’t…

Raising good men who aren’t safe

This is an opinion column When Susan inquires about Aslan, the lion king in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, she’s concerned about the prospect of meeting the great beast. “Is he—quite…

Stop replacing a risen Lord with flawed messiahs

Watching the stone seal Jesus’s tomb must have been devastating to those who believed in Him. In that moment, who among them could believe Jesus’s prediction that he would overcome the grave? Lately, many of…

Voter Suppression is for Losers

We should do everything in our power to increase legal voting in America. The political consequences shouldn’t sway us against that goal if we’re a nation whose leaders are indeed selected by “we the people.”…

Politics Without a Point

Most of us have no idea what we really want out of politics. Fuming with outrage, we vent our emotions into the digital void. The cathartic moment evaporates, and we’re left with the sinking feeling…

The American political spectrum is a lie.

Our political language frequently fails to assist us in solving real problems. Instead of saying what we mean, we default to the accepted words and phrases in discussions. For example, too many pundits and politicians…

Get out of your political doomsday cult

Fearing that the earth was about to be “recycled,” 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists ceremoniously killed themselves in 1997 hoping their souls might hitch a ride on a spacecraft following the Hale-Bopp comet. They left a…

An uncomfortable minimum wage column

President Joe Biden is pushing to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 as part of another COVID-19 relief package. Republicans have sounded the alarm, and Democrats don’t see why their political counterparts refuse to…

Responding to the pencil in the wall

As my sons stared at the pencil protruding from the sheetrock wall, their mushy-brained machinations led them to believe they could lessen any ensuing punishment by microwaving marshmallows and using the sticky mess to fill…

Fear can’t be the foundation for our future

For more than a decade serving in and around politics, I believed that America’s governmental institutions–properly equipped with good ideas and reasonable people–would lead our nation towards prosperity while protecting our critical civil liberties. The…

I found myself in boxes of old photographs

After my brother’s suicide nearly two decades ago, my parents stashed our family photographs in a hot upstairs closet where they’ve remained neglected ever since. Tragic loss shades even our most beautiful memories. I don’t…

You’re not as righteous as you’d like to believe

If everyone were actually as patriotic and morally upright as they considered themselves, we’d be in a very different place in America. Acknowledging our flaws and the complex nature of the problems we face is…

Here’s a truth: Fake lives don’t matter

As children, my siblings and I, along with a few kids from the neighborhood, ended our family gardening season with a tomato battle. After a few nicely placed welts, we found the green ones hurt…
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