The Phone Call

by Pat Tarzwell   6/9/17
I was sitting at my computer the other day, just trying to do a little work when I got the call.  It was one of those rare events where no-one else was available to answer the phone, so I picked it up and had no idea just how much fun I was about to have. More » • (509 views)

Posted in Essays | 10 Comments

Cliff Hanging and Earthquakes

by Deana Chadwell5/31/17
This is shocking, and in our post-modern world I shouldn’t admit it, but I like to think.  I know, I know – if I were truly cool and trendy I’d acknowledge, in grand existentialist style, that everything is just matter, therefore nothing matters More » • (1120 views)

Posted in Essays | 62 Comments

Satanic Language

by Anniel5/26/17
After discussing how nauseating and vile the political discourse in our lives has become and the need to “Turn Off the Sound” (ST 5/22/17), I suddenly remembered the book for which I had previously written a Review: I Speak For the Silent – Prisoners of the Soviets by Vladimir V. Tchernavin. More » • (1275 views)

Posted in Essays | 31 Comments

Chick Flicks and ‘High Sentiment’

by Jon N. Hall5/22/17
Although my drinking buddies may find it pathetic, I nonetheless admit to having a taste for “chick flicks.” But because certain attendees of my health club, especially the ruffians who hang around the bench press machine More » • (1041 views)

Posted in Essays | 26 Comments

Turn Off the Sound

by Anniel5/22/17
Bear and I have been talking about trying to find some venue where news is accurately reported by intelligent, well-informed people who are dedicated to facts that can be proven. I suppose that makes us old-fashioned. More » • (753 views)

Posted in Essays | 26 Comments

Didn’t See This Coming

by Deana Chadwell5/18/17
In the summer of 1787 our founding fathers sweated out the details of the new Constitution in locked, stifling rooms. They were remarkably prescient considering they were so new to governance, new to the idea of federalism, unused to living in a constitutionally controlled republic. More » • (1114 views)

Posted in Essays | 32 Comments

Needing Eden

by Deana Chadwell5/4/17
All of us – liberal or conservative, Muslim or Christian, black or white – are homesick. Deep inside all of us lurks a longing for something, someplace so lost in the past that we can no longer name it. More » • (3179 views)

Posted in Essays | 155 Comments

Clearing the Cobwebs

by Deana Chadwell4/25/17
Lately, when I check the news, I feel like I’m fighting my way through a room full of cobwebs, like I’m boxing with phantoms; there are no clear, understandable positions on the left. They’re fighting, yes, but in that thrashing, flailing, windmill fashion that infuriated little boys are prone to. More » • (1995 views)

Posted in Essays | 53 Comments

Reading the Tenth Commandment

by Anniel4/21/17
All of us who are parents and grandparents like to collect and remember  the funny, wise or profound comments of the children in our families. Sometimes one child will be the pronouncer of all things we want to repeat. This week that honor goes to the 8-year-old son of our oldest daughter. His name is Milo. More » • (1226 views)

Posted in Essays | 19 Comments

The Opioid Epidemic

by Tim Jones4/17/17
And the Fear of Missing Out on all of the Fun. What Happens When Our Image-World Says Life Should be Pain-Free  •  Lately there’s been a great deal of media coverage of the opioid crisis that is going on in the country. More » • (1736 views)

Posted in Essays | 34 Comments

The Point of no Return

by Deana Chadwell4/4/17
The point of no return, the place of no more chances, the door that slams forever shut – these are concepts that make us cover our ears and holler, “La-la-la-la.” The western world in the 21st century works hard to mask final realities. More » • (1057 views)

Posted in Essays | 14 Comments

Friedrich Rueckert

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu4/3/17
It is often said, mainly by those who do not speak it, that German is a course and rough language. Whenever I hear such nonsense, I immediately think of Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry is beauty itself. Of course, Schiller and Goethe come to mind with their powerful works. More » • (1221 views)

Posted in Essays | 26 Comments