Long Read

Things I Learned From Listening To Children Play

Things I Learned From Listening To Children’s Play

November 11, 2018 Long Read, Social Observation

What children tell us during their playtime can be very enlightening, encouraging, and sometimes just a wee bit frightening.

Genetic Revolution - Old Man Talking

Genetic Revolution That Improves Who We Are

Nobel Prize-winning research offers the possibility to dramatically alter human DNA in positive ways. There are opportunities ahead but there are also significant risks and all of it could lead to revolution.

Life Is Volatile - old man talking

Life Is Volatile & I Need A Wing Person

September 2, 2018 Long Read, Social Observation

Our brains are constantly distracted as Life grows increasingly volatile. We can’t do this alone. We need a wing person.

Fatth & The Superhero

Faith & The Superhero: Two Sides of a Gilded Coin

Faith compels us to be better people. So do superheroes. Neither gods or superheroes can be proven to exist, but our society clings desperately to both

Old Man Talking

Exclusive: Expert 2018 Grammy Picks

January 7, 2018 Entertainment, Long Read, Music

Grammy® Award nominees represent the best of the previous year’s music but the Old Man found he recognized few of them. So, experts were called in to help. January is here which means that awards season is upon us. 2017 saw a lot of artistic offerings across all the major forms of media, but when it comes to individually evaluating those choices only one area is really practical: music. Sure, I would love to have the time to watch everyRead More

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The Fairness Doctrine We Need Now

January 4, 2018 Long Read, Social Observation

We cannot discuss the inequality in society until we address the unfairness ingrained by thousands of years of history. “That’s not fair!” We hear those words almost every day. If one has children, the sentence is likely screamed rather than merely stated. A sense of fairness is instilled in all of us from a very early age. We all want the same things, the same opportunities, the same tilt in our favor, and the same bending of the rules thatRead More

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Reading List: Authors Who Died in 2017

December 31, 2017 Long Read

When authors die they leave behind a piece of themselves in each book, making them immortal. This is the time of year when we see the Internet is filled with a lot of lists, most of which are rather useless. Do we really benefit from re-hashing the year’s top ten disappointments or worst makeup trends? No, not in the least. They’re easy page fodder prepared in advance so that editors can take the week off. I don’t really get timeRead More

Surviving Holidays

Surviving The Holidays Without Hurting Anyone

November 26, 2017 Long Read, Sunday Sermon

Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays. —John Clayton I strongly dislike Black Friday and holiday sales in general. I find the greed sickening and the false notion that one is helping the economy is grossly ignorant. The economy does better when one spends a fairly even amount each month rather than discount-fueled spikes [source and source]. I have long held a general disdain for those foolish enough toRead More

Why Black Friday Needs To End

Why Black Friday Needs To Not Happen (NSFW)

November 24, 2017 Long Read, Thought For The Day, Video

The days of waiting in line all night for a chance at a bargain need to be over.   [Note: The following article was originally published at Charles I. Letbetter Creative about this time last year, which is why some of the image content is NSFW. They kindly gave us permission to re-publish the entire thing so that the Old Man wouldn’t have to write something all-too-similar this year. We’ll stop complaining when the situation changes, which means we’ll haveRead More

New bill introduced, president to resign

White House Announces Surveillance Program, Resignations

NOTICE: THIS IS SATIRE, NOT THE NEWS We know the headline grabbed your attention but we want to be extremely clear: what follows is satire, not the news. We want you to share the article, but please make sure everyone knows this is satire, not the news. There is enough of a problem with fake news without anyone adding to it. Nothing that follows is real, at least not when we wrote it. We do not have any control over what mayRead More