My Day at The Masters – A Tour of the Finest Public Bathrooms in Augusta, GA

You have to enter a lottery to even get a chance to buy tickets to the Masters. My Dad has entered every year for the last twenty years and never hit. Until this year, when a woman wearing a sundress and white gloves, cradling a manicured toy poodle in one arm, reached into an upturned homburg hat and pulled out More …

You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

Douglas Wilson hits on one of my most peevish pet peeves: the nonsense of the cliche “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.” But the way we dress is communication. What we are doing is communicating, and then insulting as a bigot anybody who is stupid enough to believe what we just said.

Things We Could Do Better in 2017

As a compliment to my “Best of 2016” post, I thought about doing a “Worst of 2016” post. But then I decided that my web server probably doesn’t have enough storage space for a post that enormous. Also, “Worst of” anything is kind of a downer, and who wants that going into the promise of a new year? Instead, I More …

The Best of 2016 — A Longer Post than You Might Think

Knowing the craptaculousness that has marked most of the year, anything that says “Best of 2016” is going to inspire a smirk. Like saying “Best of My Root Canal” or “Highlights of My Bitter, Drawn-Out Divorce.” But even the worst, most miserable experience can have some good come out of it. It usually doesn’t, but it can. This year had plenty More …

Could You Go a Month and a Half without Pay?

I’m a big fan of the idea that there is no separation between the physical world and the spiritual world. They aren’t two different things; they’re two parts of the same thing, both equally real. Physical events affect the spiritual world and spiritual events affect the physical world. Anyways, you see what I’m driving at. Recently, my family got to More …

5 Things I Learned: August 2016

1. Let us now praise the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer: In an effort to eat healthier, we’re trying to cut down on carbs. Unfortunately, pasta is made out of carbs, and pasta appears in approximately 150% of our meals. (You haven’t lived until you’ve had Cap’n Crunch Alfredo.) To the rescue comes the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer, a handy little kitchen tool that turns just More …

5 Things I Learned: July 2016

I’m a little late this month, because… 1. Whoever designs Samsung dryers is a sadistic monster: A couple of weeks ago my wife discovered that our dryer was spinning but not drying. Well, that’s not good, I thought, but it’s probably just a bad heating element. No problem, I’ve replaced a dryer heating element before. Let me just check YouTube for More …

A Picture to Remember You

My son Graham is a pretty happy-go-lucky soul. He needs structure and is apprehensive about change just like any other kid, but for a four-year-old he rolls with the punches pretty well. So when he started to pitch screaming fits whenever we tried to drop him off at his preschool or Sunday school class, we wondered what was going on. More …

5 Things I Learned: June 2016

1. Double-check the time on those theater tickets – We backed into some free tickets to Wicked courtesy of my wife’s brother and his wife. It was a Sunday matinee; they told us to meet them at the theater at 1:30 for the 2:00 show. When we got there, there was not another soul in sight. As we made our way up More …

5 Things I Learned: May 2016

My lovely wife has challenged me to make some blog posts that are more personal, and one of her suggestions is a post every month with a “5 things I learned this month” format. This is a challenge because I am fairly dense and don’t learn a whole lot. I could go several years without learning five things. The only things I More …

Happy Anniversary

Six years ago today I did the smartest thing I’ve ever done and married Rachel. Happy anniversary, sweetheart! Since we’re both movie fans, we showed a preview trailer before the ceremony, like you see at the movie theater. Here it is, as cut together by my brilliant friend Don.

“I Thank Them, but Still Go Back to My Room and Practice”

An animated B.B. King (who doesn’t look much like B.B. King, but sounds just like him) lays down some wisdom on music, work, and life. (From Open Culture)

The Journey to Life

Do people who started out as pro-life ever write touching, heartfelt stories about how they became pro-abortion? I’ve never seen one, but maybe they do. Nevertheless, it’s fairly common for people who were formerly pro-abortion to write up their conversion stories. Here’s a particularly sweet and perceptive one from Rich Cromwell at The Federalist: Back in 2007, though, no one was More …

Place Your Bets: How Long Can We Be a One-Car Family?

The year was 2002. I was shopping for a car, but nothing was really grabbing me. Partly, that’s because I’m just really slow to make big-dollar purchases, and partly it’s because I come from a long line of people who are as good at buying cars as Cuba Gooding is at selecting post-“Jerry Maguire” movie roles. (“Hey! ‘Radio’ was good!” More …

A Crazy Man at Parade Rest

Via Jim Geraghty, here’s a clip of Robin Williams performing a USO show when the ceremony for the end of the day happens right in the middle of his act. He doesn’t know what’s going on, but he knows enough to remove his hat: video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Robin Williams

You could do worse than have this as your epitaph:

Breakfast, Lunch, Hugs

Most babies that are diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted, because, really, what kind of life can those babies have? Well, this kind: (Via Creative Minority Report)

Cradle Robbing Worked for Me

Hi, I’m Jason, and this is my wife Rachel, who is 13 years younger than me. After the show, I’ll be available in the lobby for high-fives. On a related note, Chelsea Samelson at Acculturated asks, “What’s wrong with dating older men?” For most of human history, it was normal and even expected for a younger woman to wind up More …

How to Win Friends and Influence People When You’re Sick

Have you ever been really sick, but had to leave your house and deal with people anyway? Say, you had to go to the grocery store to buy more drugs because everything you already had in your medicine cabinet expired in 2005? Or you just couldn’t afford to miss work, because, say, you’re starting pitcher for game 7 of the World Series or More …

Happy Mother’s Day!

If you can, tell you mother how much you love her. If you can’t, remember how much she loved you. Enjoy the video!