Tag: #life

Is this REALLY the hill you want to die on?

When I was in high school, there was this tough ex-military type who taught us world history. He was a really cool teacher because he seemed very interested in the subject matter. When the intervention in Somalia started, he and I had a very good discussion on why Somalia was not so much about humanitarian ...

The Things That Will Follow You Forever

Oh, the things I've done. I'm incredibly lucky that the internet wasn't around when I was a teenager. Otherwise, I'm sure there would be at least one viral video of me ________ the _______ from the _________ with my __________ as everyone _________ around me. (Redacted for your own peace of mind.) Today, however, the internet ...

To My Most Conservative Friend

My glass is not half full. It's half empty because I gave the other half of water to someone who was thirsty, just like Jesus would (the Jesus described in the Bible, not the caricature misquoted up on stages of megachurches-slash-concerts). Your glass is half empty because some monster made up in the imagination of Breitbart of Alex Jones or Jenny McCarthy or Andrew Wakefield or Ted Cruz stole your water. Or because you drank it all so no one else could have it.

I Get Fan Mail Sometimes

It should come as no surprise to you that I get fan mail sometimes. After all, I do tend to poke bears with sticks. The bigger the bear, the longer the stick, though. Imagine my surprise the other day when I saw the following message in my inbox on Facebook: "You are truly one stupid, ...

How Do You Know Better?

"You should have known better," she said to Carlos (not his real name) after the judge handed down the conviction, as Carlos was being taken away. His mother then told him she loved him, they shared a quick hug, and off he went to federal prison. She then turned to look at the half-empty gallery, ...

Smallville Season One, Revisited

When I first moved to Pennsylvania, I was a big fan of Star Wars. The prequels were in their apogee, and I was all about the complicated wisdom of things like fear leading into suffering. That all changed in 2001 when the WB (now The CW) started airing Smallville, a series about the teenage years of ...

Take Your Demons Out for a Walk Once in Awhile

I was having a somewhat serious conversation with The Girl the other day, and we were talking about how neither of us have really done anything evil. I mean, I've beaten a guy into submission because he wouldn't stop trying to hit me, and I did try to steal that one CD back when I ...

My Favorite Photographs of 2016

Another year, another ten thousand photographs. Seriously, I took that many. Between my iPhone, my DSLR and my mirrorless (the same little camera that traveled with me to Colombia), I took about ten thousand photographs. Not all of them were good. Maybe one or two were great. However, there were several that are my favorites ...

I Always Get What I Need

I was about twelve years old when I went back home in El Paso after visiting my father's side of the family in Mexico over the Christmas break. When I got back, several of my cousins had brand new radio controlled cars and boats, and they were playing with them at a nearby park. All ...

All the Other People You’re Going to Meet

It should come as no secret to you that, for the longest time, I felt alone. Like, really, really alone. In high school, it was because I was very young and didn't quite fit in with any one group. I was different. Sometimes, I felt like an outcast. Some were too smart. Others were too ...