Chocolate Chip Cookies: My Special Recipe

For those of you who don’t know, I make excellent cookies. Here is my step-by-step recipe so that you can enjoy them without me! (Or with me, if you want to share.) Ingredients:… Continue reading

How to Win Carnival Games

A balmy summer evening at a carnival would not be complete without a trip to the midway. But many will tell you that attempting to win your date a prize is a fool’s… Continue reading

How to Talk Politics Without Dying Inside

I like to talk politics. Everything is political. Everything has always been political. If you think things have become unusually political lately, you are misunderstanding. The internet has attached you to other people… Continue reading

Firing Squad: A High School Production

Back in 2006 I was a high school senior. I also wanted to grow up to be a playwright. Fortunately, my high school teachers indulged my artistic self importance and my classmates were… Continue reading

Response to a Serenade: Abraham Lincoln, November 10, 1864

Abraham Lincoln greeted singing crowds following the assurance of his re-election on this day in 1864. In his words I am reminded of the incredible importance of being a true American citizen: that… Continue reading

Evoking Lincoln: The Internet Address

Eleven score and seventeen years ago, our political leaders brought forth on this continent, a new system, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great… Continue reading

A Culture of Because

I was thinking recently about how we solve conflicts as human beings, particularly in the west. We end conflicts through force, hostility, war. We end conflicts in punishment. We end conflicts in revenge.… Continue reading

Dance-Movie Derby: Strictly Ballroom

To resume the Derby, since I’m feeling blog rusty, I will talk to you about an Australian film by Baz Luhrmann, Strictly Ballroom. I think this is a really great dance movie because… Continue reading

Aunty Ranger, What Am I and Where Did I Come From?

Mary Sue, That is a great question! I bet you ask because it’s your birthday! You are six years old today! Do you know what a birthday is? Yes, that’s right; it’s the… Continue reading

Hoarded into my Heart

I was about twelve when I walked into an alcove that branched off into three arteries leading you to various parts of the house. It was a Labyrinth that homed a rounder goblin… Continue reading