Stay Inside Yourself

When the fictional Dillon Panthers are on the verge of winning a state championship in the final episode of season one of Friday Night Lights, Coach Taylor tell his players to stay inside themselves.  This seems like odd advice to give to a group of young men facing the enormous pressure of being tested in […]

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People Love Fixer Upper Because Their Lives are Broken

When Chip and Joanna Gaines, the hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, came into the national spotlight a few weeks ago for attending a church whose pastor had made some remarks critical of gay marriage, an interesting thing happened. In previous years, something like this would have ended the Gaines’ public career. The fact that this […]

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On the Necessity of Romance

More and more, I think about romance. Mostly, I notice its absence. By romance, I mean not that mysterious process by which men and women are drawn together, but the larger dynamic of which the springing forth of love affairs is but a part. By “romance”, I mean all the experiences and attitudes that make […]

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A Podcast Experiment

I picked up my iPad tonight and threw together this podcast. Sound quality is not perfect, but it’s audible. This is an experiment to see what might be possible in this medium. Let me know what you think. Listen to “An Experiment” on Spreaker. _________________________________________ Thank you for reading this post. If you found it […]

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On The Temptations of Politics

Next to the defeat of Clinton and the consequent derailment of her globalist, left-wing agenda, the best thing about the election season is that it’s over. Trump won, and from here out we will return to the daily grind of governing and being governed. Even if the new normal entails endless protests from disgruntled children […]

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Daddy Issues, or How to Make the World Safe for Femininity

People ask me what it’s like to be the only man in a home with three women. I tell them it’s fine, it just means that at any given moment, there is a 50 percent chance that somebody is crying. Sure, I’m joking, but, you know, joking in the sense of saying something completely accurate. […]

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How to Get Woke

I’m not a big one for slang. Maybe I was when I was younger. I don’t remember. But, these days, you’ll find me expressing myself at most times in standard English. It won’t be a surprise to you if you’ve followed me here or on Twitter for any length of time that I find most […]

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The Stories a Desperate People Tell

One reason they call it popular culture is that its popular, really, really popular. The artifacts of our media-saturated and consumeristic society are everywhere. In our time, there is an unreality for everyone. No niche remains overlooked. No lifestyle, no matter how dangerous, no interest, no matter how depraved, goes unserved by the masters of […]

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Things Are Just As Fragile As You Fear

For the least several years, I have taken the time to binge watch each season of the “The Walking Dead.” It’s not a great show. But, I’m into it now and I want to know if these people are ever going to get out of the mess they’re in, so I’ll probably stick with it. […]

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Lost Boys and the Value of a Punch to the Face

Last week at karate class my instructor said he had “something different” for me. Then, he put on some sparing gloves and punched me in the face. Well, that was different. The punch was nowhere as damaging as it could have been. A punch to the face from a black belt with lots of practice […]

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