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Time to Stop and Hug Your Kids

I gasped. And almost threw up. My son and I were packing up the car to go away for the weekend, when I watched his feet start slipping up from underneath him. The Fall The weather has been pretty nasty here lately, and the stairs were freshly mopped and still drying. And there he was, […]

Advice to my Son, the 16-Year-Old Me/Him

I have a 16-year old son. It’s an odd thing to say or even believe. Age 15 was one of the hardest years of my life and I still vividly remember the pain. Yet I have a son that has already passed that point. For certain, it has not always been an easy road. But […]

Overcoming Oppressive Guilt

The last couple of decades have not always been easy. I’ve got more than my fair share of trauma to speak of. And just when I thought I was starting to get a handle on things, physical pain started to become an all-consuming reality in my life. But one of the biggest plagues that has […]

Three Amazing Eras of UFC

UFC’s Era of the Dominant Champion When I began intensely watching the UFC several years ago, I started during what I like to think of as the Era of the Dominant Champion. The sport was loaded with individuals we thought of as borderline invincible. And we tuned in to see if there was anything that […]

Game of Thrones, the Hurt Still Lingers

Months ago I wrote a post about my disappointment in the way the 8th and final season of Game of Thrones was headed. It’s now long behind me, and I still find myself, for lack of a better way of phrasing it, hurt and angry. Just a TV Show… Let’s get a few things out […]

The Folly of Religious Coercion

There was a raging debate in Jerusalem a few months ago. One of the hottest new hangout spots is First Station. Not only is it loaded with restaurants and shops, but there are tons of activities all the time, and it’s generally got a great feel to it. However, in a town loaded with wall-to-wall […]

Toward a Religious Truth

My third book will be published in just a matter of weeks. This one’s called From Nothing to Confusion: My Religious Odyssey. It’s never been a better time to talk a bit about some serious religious topics. The first one I’d like to address is missionaries. A Mormon Truth First, a couple of stories. Way […]

Five Uncomfortable Facts about Bullying

No matter what I do and no matter where I go, one awful concept seems to follow me around everywhere: Bullying. I’ve been the victim, I’ve been the perpetrator. I’ve helped the victim, and I’ve let the victim get chewed to pieces. Certainly as an adult I have a refined perspective on the concept of […]

42, Still Kickin’

Yup, I’m 42. The yearly bitter birthday post. I keep trying to be be younger… the years keep piling on. Two years ago I got this blog started and felt awe and discomfort about turning 40. And now it’s two years later. I’m still going. Hopefully strong. And somehow or other I made it to […]

Slave to Technology

Am I a slave to my possessions? I’ve had a fear for a good deal of my life now. Addictions. Or harmful habits or reactions of any kinds. For example, I fear having no control over my love of food. And eating way too much of it, way too quickly. And even though I stopped […]

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