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Sinfully bad TV

This article was written for Salon.com in January of 2006. I don’t think they paid me anything. We Salon bloggers were the hungry ferocious writers, rising from the masses. Traditional print media both feared us and realized they could get some free writing if they offered a little hope or even just a hint of…

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On turning 60

At some point you are going to face a new decade of life that depresses the hell out of you. For me that was 50. 30 was sobering but I had a toddler, the first of three, and who has time to worry about your age? Same with 40. My kids were 12, 8, and…

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The Book of Enoch

So I’m reading The Book of Enoch. Why I’m doing that is complicated and I don’t want to go down that rabbit hole, so let’s just say it’s part of some, whatever, shit I’m doing right now. Anyway, so I’ve been reading this Enoch book and wow. It is a trip. There’s this favorite part…

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P.T. Barnum

It’s as if P.T. Barnum had run for president years ago. Everyone knew P.T. Barnum and knew what kind of a man he was and knew how he operated, but a segment of society became convinced that P.T. Barnum was no longer P.T. Barnum but had changed into a trustworthy politician with an astonishing vision…

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Just a regular guy

I went to Covenant Baptist Church on a recent Sunday morning. I stop in now and then. Their pastor just left for another church, so Covenant will have a series of guest preachers over the next few months. It’s been nine years since I left Covenant, the ministry, and subsequently the Church, if you count membership in a…

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After 56 times around Sol

I have completed 56 trips around the Sun. I am a middle-aged man. There is no hiding that now. In my 40s I could pretend. But the number 56 and my hairline shout the reality of my place in life loudly and can no longer be ignored. I am also fully engaged with the inner…

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My mother is a liar

I have to say this even if it takes away from the quality of the piece. And it does. But this is not about my actual mother. I can’t post it without saying that. I just can’t. My mom is such a sweetheart. So yeah, I just had to say that. Sorry. ~~~ Despite the…

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Three sisters fly

The three sisters are four years apart in age. So we stretched out the parenting thing over quite a few years. Reiley arrived on January 27th of 1989. I remember when the last person left the hospital room and handed her to me. Jeanene was in bed sleeping the way a woman needs to sleep…

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Naked as the day we were born

I had a vision the other day that came to me in the form of a daydream. I was sitting in the library staring off into space when suddenly I imagined myself in a huge room with a crowd of people. We were all waiting for God to show up. Some people were standing around…

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Vision and Isolation

I want to tell you about my visit to the Orthodox Church on Saturday night before Easter. But I’m worried about how this might be received. So here are some things I want you to know and remember while you read. 1. The Orthodox congregation I visited responded to me in reasonable and understandable ways. I don’t think…

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Anima

Remember that day years ago when you asked me that thing you asked? And I said that thing I said that hurt you? Sometimes I think about that day. Okay, a lot I think about that day. If I had been then who I am now, I would not have said what I said, which…

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