I’m going to kill 2021

2019 knocked me down hard. 2020 knocked me down harder, and kicked me while I was down. Yeah, I know, it knocked everyone down and I’m not special in that regard–don’t claim to be, but this is my website, so… 2021 is a big, ugly fire-breathing dragon eyeing me from beyond the chasm of winter, waiting with baited, smoky breath to greet me when I … Continue reading I’m going to kill 2021

Birds of a feather

Last night, in a grocery store parking lot, I saw several small birds fighting over the discarded remnants of someone’s Subway sandwich. There appeared to be plenty for everyone, until a big black crow swooped down, puffed out its chest and strutted around the coveted culinary treasure, intimidating the smaller birds. He then snatched up the the biggest piece in his beak and took off … Continue reading Birds of a feather

Community Spread

Henry Clark liked reading the announcements to the congregation every Sunday morning. It almost made him feel like a reporter, keeping folks informed of all the goings on in Rusty Creek. Not that much of anything ever happened in Rusty Creek, but when it did, he made sure everyone knew about it. Henry was also the coordinator of the visitation committee, and as such it was his … Continue reading Community Spread

I’m no conspiracy theorist, but…

I’ve always been the skeptical Agent Scully to the conspiracy theorists’ Agent Mulder. In light of the fact that the foundations of civilization as we know it are crumbling, however, I may have to reassess that default skepticism. Something’s going on. “They” are doing something. Someone is using this pandemic in conjunction with civil unrest to their own advantage, somehow. All your friends are steadily … Continue reading I’m no conspiracy theorist, but…

Business as usual

I went outside today and the birds were still singing. The squirrels were still chasing each other from tree limb to tree limb, rooftop to rooftop. The warm, fresh smells of spring drifted on a gentle breeze throughout the neighborhood, like apple pies cooling on a windowsill. And then I encountered people. Oh, right. Somebody must’ve forgotten to give us the memo stating that it’s … Continue reading Business as usual

State of Oklahoma to its citizens: “We don’t care about you.”

Pictured left to right: Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, Kevin Stitt I hear all this high-minded feelgood talk coming out of some of our politician’s mouths about all the things they’re supposedly doing for us. How they’re looking out for small business owners and “essential workers” promising to “keep everyone safe.” Cut the shit, alright? You talk the talk and institute a lot of symbolic gestures … Continue reading State of Oklahoma to its citizens: “We don’t care about you.”

You both have a point.

I’ve been watching (because it’s in my face and I can’t avoid it) this heated exchange between people who are gung-ho about opening everything back up vs those who want to keep everything locked down for awhile longer. You call these people idiots for wanting to go back to work, but from what position are you judging them? Are your basic needs assured? Are you … Continue reading You both have a point.

Why do we gravitate towards things that are bad for us?

I sometimes have a hard time sitting back and being entertained by a book, movie or TV show. All I can think about the entire time is writing and creating. Even when I’m halfway paying attention, I’m still pausing to do random nonsense like this: However, I recognize the necessity of refueling one’s creative tank, and in that spirit I’ve been re-reading The Chronicles of … Continue reading Why do we gravitate towards things that are bad for us?

You’re wearing that mask wrong.

I wanted to title this article “You’re wearing that mask wrong, dummy,” but ignorance doesn’t necessarily equate stupidity, so that’s a little harsh. Come on, though, people: If there’s ever been a time to put that spongy scoop of macaroni salad inside of your cranium to work for your own self-preservation, it’s now. So I go into the grocery store today, right? First day of … Continue reading You’re wearing that mask wrong.