keeping devices in their place

In one small way it was kind of a sad Christmas. This year we made the tough choice to get my son a phone for Christmas. Leading up to Christmas, I felt like virtually every parent in The Christmas Story telling Ralphie that he's not ready for that Red Ryder BB gun. "You'll become a mindless drone … Continue reading keeping devices in their place

how to have a happy new year

Recently, our culture has become rather obsessed with turning "Merry Christmas" into some bizarre political football. This was the year where seemingly every issue or special interest quickly morphed into an obsession over night only to dissipate into vapor mere days later. In a year of the silly, ridiculous, and borderline insane the Trumped up … Continue reading how to have a happy new year

do not be afraid

We have reached that point in the year where people grow reflective about "the year that was." There is no shortage of people lining up to tell you how to feel about the past year which strikes me as more than a little presumptuous for at least a couple of reasons. First of all, everyone … Continue reading do not be afraid

what’s more annoying than the end of the world?

I just finished grading my last final exam. Another semester officially in the books. And now it is time to turn my attention to other, more festive thoughts. Like the end of the world. I hate to be the Christmas Shoes to your Wonderful Christmastime, but it's true. It might be zombies, or slaughterbots, or zombie … Continue reading what’s more annoying than the end of the world?

a brick and mortar christmas

Pardon the "get off my lawn" post, but I'm 40 now. There comes a point in every man's life where he embraces his inner curmudgeon. There comes a point in every man's life where he finds himself less identifying with Ralphie than with his cranky dad. I'm choosing 40 as that point. (Although, those who … Continue reading a brick and mortar christmas

the surprising price of atheism

My wife absolutely loves the Hallmark Channel - especially around Christmas. Starting around August 12, it's all Christmas all the time on Hallmark, and shortly thereafter my DVR will start filling up with a seemingly endless parade of movies celebrating the spirit of the season with provocative titles like "My Christmas Dream," "A Dream of … Continue reading the surprising price of atheism