The Tale of Jobless January (and Most of February)

So, how did you kick off your 2019? I started mine by getting laid off after my employer was bought out by a competitor. No biggie; it’s just business, after all. And it’s not like I haven’t been in this position before. Once, over dinner with friends, we were going around the table tallying up…

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2019 – The Year of Scary Books

As proud as I am that I read fifty (fifty!) books in 2018, I don’t think it’s necessarily the best thing to set all your reading goals based purely on numbers. Trying to hit my goal, I rushed through some books I wish I had lingered on a bit more; I avoided some challenging books…

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Books! Books! Books! – Best Beach Read of 2018

You may say, “Hey, we’re an awful long way from beach weather to be talking about beach reads, aren’t we?” To which I reply, People in the Southern Hemisphere need books too! These are the most enjoyable, page-turney books of the year. If you want something light and enjoyable, whether you’re at the beach or…

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Books! Books! Books! – Best Audiobook of 2018

I read fifty (fifty!) books this year, and I am not what you would call a speed reader. I never would have been able to read that many if not for the eight or nine of them that were audio books. I’m not a huge audio book fan, because I like to marinate in good…

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Books! Books! Books! – Best Nonfiction of 2018

I read too many good books this year to have one “best” of the year, so I’m breaking all the top books out into categories. This time it’s nonfiction! Again, to clarify, saying a book is best of the year doesn’t necessarily mean it was written in 2018; just that I read it in 2018….

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Books! Books! Books! – Best of 2018 Edition

2018 has been a booktacular year! (Sorry.) I’ve read even more books this year than I did during last year’s book-reading competition with my wife. And I’ve read better books too, since I didn’t feel the pressure to grab whatever book was closest so I could just keep reading and prevent her from building an…

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At Least They’re Consistent

Democrats spent most of the decade of the Nineties trying to tell us that character doesn’t matter. Now they’re taking the opportunity of the New Jersey Senate race to try to reinforce that lesson: NJ.com is certainly no fan of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Three years ago, the news outlet’s editorial board called on Menendez…

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As Seen in The Federalist

Hey, I got a piece published in The Federalist today. Swing over and check it out: The Left Isn’t Deranged About Trump, They’re Power Addicts Crazy For Another Hit

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Watch Kavanaugh on the Court to See if the Establishment Can be Cured

Cured from being the establishment, that is. People used to say that a conservative was a liberal who’d been mugged. If that’s the case, I wonder what happens to a member of the establishment who’s been ripped to shreds and publicly humiliated by the establishment. When Kavanaugh was first tapped for the Supreme Court, a…

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Nike Gives a Marketing Strategy Seminar

In an amphitheater classroom in a Portland community college, some of the world’s best known brands have gathered to hear the wisdom of all-time brand superstar Nike. The atmosphere is heady with anticipation of the wisdom that will spill forth as the world leader in swoosh-branded things begins to speak.  Nike: I’d like to thank…

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Fake News Controversies from 1764

I’m reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin right now. I was interested in it because I enjoyed Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs so much. And while this book isn’t as compelling as the Jobs book (not least because Franklin wasn’t as big of an a-hole as Jobs), I have learned that Franklin bathed more…

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Stumble Through the Bible – Episode 3: God is a Capitalist

In this episode, we’ll look at how the Bible tells us that God is a capitalist, or at least how He blesses and endorses the idea of capitalism. As always, if you have thoughts of your own on this passage, or ideas for future stumbling, I’d love to read about it in the comments. And as…

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The Value of Door-to-Door Canvassing

So, yesterday I’m in the bedroom trying to figure out how to make our TV work better (“Stupid TV! Be more funny!“). Because when you cut out cable, it doesn’t cut out your craving for a steady stream of sweet, sweet televised media, even if it’s only Family Ties reruns and X-Games highlights, and you…

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Are People Who Don’t Know Trump Better at Analyzing Him?

You know that guy in your hometown who’s a complete schmuck? Maybe he’s a bigwig in local politics, or the church, or the business community. But whatever he does, he’s a notorious loudmouth and self-promoter. You’d like to just avoid him, but he makes a point of insinuating himself into the middle of every event,…

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Life Lessons I Learned on Our Summer Vacation

We’re just back from the big Anderson family trip to the beach, and now we’re into the recovery phase of vacation; washing all the swimsuits, putting away our gathered seashells, and processing the memories. And as we were taught in that great movie Meatballs, what’s a summer vacation for if you can’t bring back a…

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Colonel Nicholson Conservatives

We’re well into year two of the Trump presidency, and well past the time when any lingering intramural hard feelings on the conservative side should’ve been smoothed over. That’s how it normally goes — egos get punctured in the primaries, expectations get modified based on who the actual candidate is, and then the winning party…

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All the Mistakes That Had to be Made

There aren’t many places less comfortable, less restful, less conducive to healing than a hospital, at least not many allowed by the Geneva Convention. So, when my four-year-old daughter had to go into one for minor surgery recently, we expected an experience that was akin to being held captive overnight in a compound of obsessive/compulsive…

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Adoption Nesting: Just Like Regular Nesting but with Less Nausea

We’re deep into the waiting period for our adoption, where all of the preliminary paperwork is finished and we’re biding our time until we’re matched with a baby. So, we’ve started to focus on all the things that you have to do to get your house and your family and your life ready to receive…

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Stripping with Stormy Daniels

The reason people can box for sport and exercise is that everybody agrees to a set of time-honored rules beforehand. Because of those rules, sparring can look like fighting, but it’s not really a fight because the participants aren’t trying to hurt or kill each other. So, everybody can get in shape and hone their…

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Forgiveness v. Celebration

Goodness knows, I don’t want to seem like a jerk, and I’m all about forgiveness and second chances and all that stuff. But can someone explain to me why we’re all supposed to be rooting for Tiger Woods now? I’m a golf fan, so I’ve been watching sports media this season as Tiger has edged…

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