Category Archives: history

A Divided Union (Day 30, 2018)

The NaPoWriMo folks asked us to interact with an odd historical fact. A Divided Union Lincoln was the first president with pet cats, a fact that so enraged dog-loving actor John Wilkes Booth that he interruped a play to make … Continue reading

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did you hear? (Day 22, 2018)

Another day, another poem. did you hear? a sister of my neighbor’s best friend’s third-cousin’s dogsitter is also the state trooper who arrested Cal Ripken for beating Kevin Costner with a bat for sleeping with Cal’s wife the night the … Continue reading

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Joe Paterno knew (Day 6, 2018)

Again, I’m ignoring the National Poetry Writing Month prompt. Joe Paterno knew a lot about football and self-mythologizing and building a man’s character and that his good friend Jerry had been touching young boys for thirty years and bringing those … Continue reading

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Barfight, 1999 (Day 5, 2018)

Today, I’ve decided to ignore the NaPoWriMo prompt. Barfight, 1999 In the movies it all works perfectly but real life is more frustrating. The chain tears the flesh just fine, a satisfying spatter speckles your forearm as you squeeze the … Continue reading

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If You Aren’t in over Your Head—A UU Sermon

The following is taken from a service I led at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Also included are all readings that were used. OPENING WORDS My Moral Life (by Mark Halliday) Two years hence. When … Continue reading

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A List of Wonderful Things about 2017

If 2017 was better than 2016, it was only a matter of degrees. We didn’t have to relive the skullfuckery of Election Night, but we had to confront its spray-tanned aftermath. Travel bans, tax bills, neo-Nazis…all things 2016 doomed us … Continue reading

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The Presidents, Ranked

I like making lists. It's fun. It also forces a lot of critical thinking and soul-searching. Why rank Thing A over Thing B? How does one judge greatness–by quality or personal connection? Can I explain my choices as more than … Continue reading

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