I'm something of a Thanksgiving Scrooge. (I apologize for mixing holiday references. Feel free to throw gravy at me.)
Growing up, my paternal grandparents lived down the street. All our other family members lived far away and never came around, so Thanksgiving would just be my mom and dad and the grandparents. ...Read more
This a note to any sane people still out there in the wilds of Weird America.
I need your help. I need you to reach out and tell me if the things I'm seeing are real, as my ability to distinguish truth from fiction has been tested, stretched to its limits, and my tenuous grasp on reality grows weaker each day.
I awoke this weekend to online ...Read more
An observation that gives me faith in humanity is that when something's wrong -- when there's a tragedy or an illness or a natural disaster -- people rush in to help.
A story about a family's home burning down runs in the newspaper and people respond with donations and myriad acts of kindness.
Hurricanes batter Texas and Florida and people ...Read more
After reviewing the charges against three former members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign -- the first charges to come from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election -- I have reached the following conclusion: LOCK HER UP!
By "HER" I mean Hillary Clinton, and by "LOCK" and "UP" and the ...Read more
So I went home.
I wasn't sure why, exactly, but I went there, to the west-central Florida neighborhood where I grew up, back to the winding roads hugging a lake that once seemed like an ocean, past the ranch houses that went up in the 1960s and haven't changed much since.
I parked in front of the house -- my house. It was still white and ...Read more
I am now the proud ambassador of a Dairy Queen. (Please hold your applause.)
The title was bestowed upon me recently during a private ceremony in Naperville, Ill., at a Dairy Queen tucked in a humble strip mall.
A column I wrote back in July trumpeted my love of ice cream and desire to advocate for "simple, traditional frozen-dairy delights." ...Read more
I don't care whether the evil maniac who slaughtered at least 58 people in Las Vegas was a Muslim or a Christian, a Democrat or a Republican, a bigot or a terrorist.
I don't care whether you call what he did -- the worst mass shooting in American history -- a terror attack or an act of radical Islamic terrorism or a massacre or a hate crime.
A United States president once made a wise and heartfelt statement, one we should all remember in the wake of Sunday's silent protests by hundreds of NFL players.
That president wrote: "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."
The date was ...Read more
Rag Dolls: Callie's Story (Volume 1)Shelley D Terrell
After the sudden death of her beloved Nana, Callie is ripped away from everything she knows and placed in a filthy, loveless, overcrowded foster home. Because of her ability to feel other's emotions, she is overwhelmed by pain from the other children. She knows that if ...
Why do you keep writing about Donald Trump? Why don't you give it a rest?
I hear that from some readers. And on Sunday morning, once again, the president of the United States provided me with an answer.
Trump retweeted an internet meme, a video of him taking a golf swing that then cuts to video of Hillary Clinton stumbling as she enters a jet....Read more
The Chicago Bears are back.
Not back to winning -- not yet, anyway -- but back to being fun. Back to being likable.
Sunday's season-opening game at Soldier Field felt different from recent seasons. Brighter, like a cloud had lifted.
That cloud's name is Jay Cutler.
I know the departed ...Read more
Tragedies like the one unfolding in Texas, as rain continues to fall and flood waters rise, have a way of peeling layers off people until only their humanity remains.
Just the bare essence. The good stuff.
Stripped away are the things that bog us down so much, things like faith or skin color, sexuality or political beliefs.
A few days before ...Read more