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The Ticket — a short story

May 28, 2018

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“You are exceeding the speed limit.” “I’m late for work.” “The posted speed limit for this highway is sixty-five miles per hour. You are driving at seventy-three miles per hour, eight miles over the limit. If you persist, I am required by law to issue you a ticket.” “Don’t you dare, Car! You belong to […]

How to Spill the Beans

May 20, 2018

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Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. — Benjamin Franklin A friend asks, “How’s your new job?” You reply, “It’s okay.” “It’s not great?” “Well, there’s a lot of politics. I have to be careful.” You friend nods. “I know the drill. Is it one person against you, or just the […]

Siri: Stop!

April 29, 2018

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We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. — Marshall McLuhan Sometimes Siri is a moron — it’s hard to use, misunderstands questions, and often gives useless answers. Siri — for those of you living under a rock — is a search agent built into the iPhone. You talk to it, requesting information […]

What Difference Would It Make? — a short story

April 1, 2018

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Do you know who you are / In your robes of skin? / How many creatures live inside you? / Man is born forever free / But is everywhere in chains — Bruce Dickinson “Were you acquainted with your next-door neighbor?” “Only in passing. Now and then I’d chat with him, out in the parking lot. Just to be […]

Not the Same as a Rapist

March 18, 2018

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I have been sexually harassed, I have been sexually abused, and I have been date-raped. And, don’t tell me they are all the same, because they are not. They are not the same. . . . And, I don’t want to throw everybody on the same manure pile. Being a jerk is not the same […]

God and Gays — a short story

February 11, 2018

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Faith is trusting so much that God is fond of us that we just fricken relax. — Nadia Bolz-Weber “Look, being homosexual is a choice! It has to be.” “Why?” “Because God wouldn’t create a person whose yearnings violate His Law. That would be sadistic.” “Are you saying God would never deliberately create somebody who’s […]

Championships and Politics

January 28, 2018

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Ever notice how championship teams usually come from the largest urban centers? In America since 1980 the NBA has been dominated by teams from Los Angeles (#2 in population), Houston (#4), San Antonio (#7), and — lately — Oakland, part of the huge San Francisco metro area (#5). In baseball since 1980, New York (#1), […]