Ovation: I Hope Billy Crystal & Michael Urie Can Still Be Friends.
01/27/2015 10:58:39 AM
Ive always loved to watch television. As a child, this meant choosing from three network channels, PBS and a couple of spotty local UHF stations. I loved to watch old sitcom re-runs after school and my folks would let me watch a few things in > read more
Diatribe: Designer Rick Owens Flashes Paris Fashion Week.
01/23/2015 09:43:58 AM
I watch enough Project Runway to know that avant garde fashion isnt for everyone. Defined as leading edge, progressive and experimental, clothes of this nature are intended to prevent the industry from becoming stagnant and repetitive. Avant g > read more
Ovation: Smoker Fined For Throwing Butts Out Of Window.
01/22/2015 12:33:21 PM
One Saturday evening last month, we had a few friends over for a holiday party. We prepared for weeks and, knowing that some of our guests would be seeing our home for the first time, we found ourselves motivated to spruce things up a bit. In add > read more
Diatribe: Perceived Carry Decoys.
01/14/2015 07:45:51 AM
I read too much news. Sometimes its hard to believe. Today Ive stumbled across something so incredibly stupid I cant believe its not satire. How about fake guns for those who want to give off a dont mess with me persona? Ap > read more
Ovation: The Controversial McDonalds Signs Commercial.
01/13/2015 11:51:51 AM
Last weekend, I found myself inside a recently-remodeled McDonalds in my small town. While Ill admit to frequenting its drive-thru window in the past, its not too often that I go inside to eat as it was , historically, quite loud and ki > read more
Diatribe: Americas Continuing Fascination With The Antics Of Sarah Palin.
01/05/2015 12:26:21 PM
Last week, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin placed herself firmly in the news once again by sharing photos of her six-year-old son, Trig, standing on the familys black Labrador Retriever via social media. She claimed the photos were somehow sy > read more
Ovation: Citizenship Requirements For High School Graduation Make More Sense Than Chin-Ups.
12/22/2014 12:14:22 PM
Its been almost thirty-five years since I graduated from high school and I have yet to use any of the math skills that I learned in Algebra I, Algebra II or Calculus. Nor have I climbed a rope or done twenty chin-ups
a Physical Educati > read more
Diatribe: GUEST POST Banksy Calls Us Out: Do We Love Our Mobiles More Than Each Other?
12/10/2014 14:48:16 PM
In the 1960s, Swiss novelist and playwright Max Frisch defined technology as “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.” Although Frisch’s commentary is more than 50 years old and was before smar > read more
Ovation: Google Removes Ass Hunters From Its Play Store.
11/24/2014 12:15:26 PM
Last Saturday, Cleveland police responded to a 911 call concerning a juvenile in a local playground who was on a swing set and pointing a pistol was probably fake and scaring everyone. When police confronted the boy and instructed him to put > read more
Diatribe: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sues The Government On Behalf Of All Americans.
11/21/2014 12:43:46 PM
Weve all gotten a chuckle or, at the very least, shaken our heads in disbelief at some of the ridiculously frivolous lawsuits that we read about in the news. In our increasingly litigious society, weve grown to expect people to sue just becau > read more
Ovation: The End Of NOM Appears To Be Imminent.
11/20/2014 15:12:41 PM
Formed in 2007 specifically to pass Californias Proposition 8 prohibiting same-sex marriage in the state, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has spent the last seven years and millions of dollars opposing civil rights for LGBT Americans > read more
Diatribe: Pope Francis Offensive Words To Single Parents And Their Children.
11/19/2014 13:46:29 PM
This week, during a Complementarity of Man and Woman conference in Rome, a gathering of global religious conservatives, Pope Francis declared that children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother. Almost immediately, th > read more
11/18/2014 14:00:30 PM
When our youngest was quite young he was riding in the passengers seat of his grandfathers pickup truck when we saw him poking the armrest with his fingertip. When we asked him what he was doing, he said he was trying to roll down the window. > read more
Diatribe: The Duck Commander Family Musical.
11/17/2014 17:00:27 PM
We went to the movies this weekend with some friends to see Birdman starring Michael Keaton. Birdman is the story of former action movie star Riggan Thomson (Keaton) who is now that director/producer/star of an ambitious Broadway production that he > read more
Ovation: Lasagna With Bruce Springsteen.
11/07/2014 10:26:30 AM
Sometimes it feels like giving to charity is a double-edged sword. At our house we give regularly to about four different charities. Possibly as a result, we receive emails and robocalls asking for donations from dozens of others across the > read more
Diatribe: Too Drunk To Notice Ubers Surge Pricing.
11/03/2014 14:49:15 PM
Many years ago, a I had an acquaintance who was a bit of a binge drinker. He was small in stature and what some might call high strung inasmuch as he was easily excitable. Personally, I was always of the mindset that one could occasionally > read more
Ovation: Nick Cannon Donates $2 Million Pair Of Shoes To Charity.
10/31/2014 09:46:05 AM
At our house there is always a Honey Do List. Like most homes, theres always something around the house or the yard that needs to be fixed, painted or replaced. The projects on the list arent particularly challenging but theyre rarely pl > read more
Diatribe: Are Governors Who Defy The White House Guilty Of Insubordination?
10/27/2014 14:38:41 PM
Holy cow, Election Day cant get here fast enough for me. Watching the local news in the morning as I get ready to leave for the office is a part of my daily routine that often gets on my nerves because they tend to play the same commercials over > read more
Ovation: Welcome To The End Of (Honey Boo Boo) Times.
10/24/2014 11:19:21 AM
there goes Honey Boo Boo. I made it. Its over. And Im proud to say that Ive never seen one minute of the redneck escapades of that smart-mouthed little Honey Boo Boo and her clan that has been polluting basic cable since TLC int > read more
Diatribe: Can You Imagine Getting A Text Message From Your Dead Grandmother?
10/22/2014 15:58:25 PM
My late grandfather always had a pencil. As both a musician and a craftsman by trade, and having served as a navigator in the air force, he had grown accustomed to the need for taking notes in his music, writing down measurements or marking maps at > read more
Ovation: Cerealiously Count Chocula.
10/21/2014 16:41:05 PM
When I was a kid, my mother never let my brother or I leave the house for school in the morning without eating breakfast. Ours was a typical household consisting of everyone trying to get dressed and ready while fighting for bathroom time. During the > read more
Diatribe: When It Comes To Marriage Equality, Leaders In Kansas, Montana and South Carolina Arent Following The Law.
10/20/2014 11:06:18 AM
When I was in grade school there were about one hundred children in my class and we were separated into four home rooms of about twenty-five students. We spent the day with the same group of kids throughout the school year and mingled with th > read more
Ovation: Shepard Smith Explains Ebola.
10/16/2014 12:53:39 PM
I watch the local news on television each morning when I get dressed for work. Generally, I tune in to see the weather forecast and to learn about any significant traffic issues that might interfere with my commute. I find much of what they repor > read more
Diatribe: When Your $10,000 Hermès Bag Smells Like Pot Or A Skunk And You Dont Have A Chicken Box To Hide It In.
10/14/2014 12:13:56 PM
My dog is a spoiled little creature who, generally, thinks shes the boss of me. But, when it comes time to go for a walk I make it very clear that I am in charge and we both know who is in charge. I dont let HER walk ME. She has two routi > read more
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09/11/2014 00:01:50 AM
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Ovation: Grace Karaffa Fights For Chapstick On Her Playground.
09/10/2014 14:42:24 PM
Im an addict. Ive always been an addict. Ive got a Chapstick monkey on my back. Ive been hooked on the waxy lip balm for as long as I can remember. Ive always carried Chapstick in my book bag. In high school marching band, I > read more
Diatribe: An Open Letter To Janay Rice.
09/09/2014 12:35:31 PM
Dear Janay, Im sorry that you think the media is causing you pain just to get ratings, but let me tell you what I think is really happening. You see, what your husband did to you in that elevator is not cool. Its not ok. You l > read more
09/08/2014 15:57:28 PM
I once spent an afternoon trying to help a friend come up with a plan for her daughter to rent a car when she landed, alone, in an airport in a big city. She didnt want her to take a cab to her destination because she had misgivings about lettin > read more
Diatribe: Stopping To Pet Cats While Youre Being Chased By Cops.
09/07/2014 07:50:29 AM
One day, many years ago, on my drive home from the office two motorcycles passed me on the highway at a dangerously fast speed. They flew by and continued to swerve from lane to lane as they progressed forward within the flow of cars ahead of me. > read more
Ovation: Mounting Pressure On Kroger To Keep Guns Away From Groceries.
09/06/2014 07:50:50 AM
I buy the majority of the groceries for our household. I dont, however, shop for groceries. I go to the supermarket, find what I need, put it in my buggy, pay for it and get the heck out. I dont like it there. Its crowded. Pe > read more
Diatribe: The Little Girl Who Got Trapped In A Washing Machine.
09/05/2014 07:55:30 AM
Recently, we purchased a new washer and dryer. Were not the most sophisticated launderers and would shove as many clothes inside it as it would hold, douse it with a splash of detergent, set it to normal and walk away. Apparently, after > read more
Ovation: The Squirrel Whisperer.
09/04/2014 07:45:28 AM
As much as I love squirrels, Ive been outvoted at home when it comes to feeding them around the house. We actually had to take down our bird feeders this summer because they became so popular with the squirrel population that it seemed we were f > read more
Diatribe: GUEST POST Moving Scams.
09/03/2014 07:30:54 AM
There’s a universal truth about moving: It sucks. Everything about moving is essentially awful. There’s the sorting, the finding of boxes that don’t smell like a wet trash can, the actual packing of items, and then the overwhelming > read more
Ovation: Phil Laboon, The Most Generous Non-Groom Ever.
09/02/2014 16:07:42 PM
My household is comprised of Julia Roberts fans. We have our own copy of every movie in which she has ever starred since her first significant role in 1988s Mystic Pizza. Every time someone stumbles upon one of her movies on television, it see > read more
Diatribe: A Real-Life Dolores Claiborne.
08/26/2014 10:57:22 AM
Actress Kathy Bates won yet another award this week taking home the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Movie category for her portrayal of Delphine LaLaurie n American Horror Story: Coven. Ive always enjoyed a > read more
Ovation: Undercover Colors, The Anti-Creep Nail Polish
08/25/2014 15:10:21 PM
Im a big fan of CBSs The Big Bang Theory. Unlike many situation comedies on television, I find the Big Bang writers consistent use of intelligent conversation and scientific topics to be amusing without being silly. The characters are in > read more
Diatribe: Gentlemen, Shouldnt You Tuck In Your Dress Shirts?
08/23/2014 07:50:21 AM
Shirts that are made with a flat bottom hem are, generally, meant to be worn untucked. But if a shirt has visible tails
the hem is clearly longer in the front and the back than it is on the sides, and not even all the way around
it sh > read more
Ovation: A Giant Teddy Bears Joy Ride.
08/22/2014 07:50:03 AM
When my oldest niece was born, I had the honor of being present at the hospital. I was between jobs and fortunate enough to able to help out with odds and ends surrounding the new arrival. By the time the little miracle finally showed up, her mot > read more
Diatribe: Can We All, Please, Agree That A Missed Call Is Not The Same As A Voice Mail Message?
08/21/2014 08:00:53 AM
Ive been told that, when I talk, I sometimes dont have a filter. Ill ramble on and say things that I might not necessarily say if I would stop and give the topic more thought. Things that Im thinking become confused with things > read more
Ovation: Lillian Weber Sews Little Dresses For Africa.
08/20/2014 14:53:42 PM
I cant sew to save my life. Being an arts-and-crafts sort of person, Ive learned to piece together different projects over the years using a needle and thread and even, to a small extent, a simple sewing machine but I will never possess the q > read more
Diatribe: A Tennis Ball Dangling On A Clothes Line Will Not Stop A Chrysler Cordoba And Old Men Shouldnt Wear Flip-Flops When They Drive.
08/19/2014 11:50:14 AM
In the late 1970s, my folks drove a black Chrysler Cordoba. The car was enormous. It was one of Chryslers first upscale luxury sedans and had all the bells and whistles of the day. Thinking back, I remember the doors to be about four f > read more
Ovation: Scott Brands #TossTheTube For Good Campaign.
08/18/2014 13:46:44 PM
Its probably safe to say that every child of the seventies either had or knew someone who had a Habitrail. The Habitrail was a series of see-through plastic tubes and cages designed for housing small pets, like hamsters or mice. It was a modul > read more
Diatribe: Sizzling Bacon Prices.
08/13/2014 11:11:35 AM
Ive always been a big eater and my motto when dining out is Ive only met one menu from which I could not order (Calypso Café
a story for another time), but there are a few foods I simply must avoid because they repeat on me. One bi > read more
Ovation: Robin Williams (1951-2014)
08/12/2014 15:10:24 PM
I told myself that I wasn’t going to write about the death of Robin Williams. It’s terribly sad when someone so gifted becomes lost in a cloud of darkness from which he can see no way out. But then I remembered these few seconds of hi > read more
Diatribe: Whatever Happened To Thank You.
08/11/2014 11:48:04 AM
My nieces are wonderful letter-writers. From a very young age, their mother would insist that they send a hand-written Thank You note every time they received a gift. Regardless of whether theyve received a check or a toy, they always wrote a > read more
08/08/2014 10:19:00 AM
I cant keep a secret. Long ago I determined that the concepts of deceitfulness and lying required far too much energy. Since its all I can do to remember the truth its simply not possible for me to keep up with a sequence of fibs necessa > read more
Diatribe: Judge Sutton, Time Is Of The Essence When It Comes To Equality.
08/07/2014 10:41:45 AM
Yesterday, oral arguments took place in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit where marriage equality cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee were heard by two judges appointed by President George W. Bush and one by Presi > read more
Ovation: Radio Shacks Back-To-School Protection Plan Commercials.
08/05/2014 13:48:19 PM
Nowadays, I dont watch many commercials on television. As long as the batteries in my remote control are relatively fresh, I can usually zoom past all the advertisements in a program that Ive recorded and Im learning to ignore them when I > read more
Diatribe: What Kind Of Person Kicks A Squirrel Into The Grand Canyon?
08/04/2014 13:37:40 PM
I like squirrels. I think theyre cute. I realize they can be incredibly destructive and are a nuisance to many people in various ways but I still get a kick out of them. This summer, weve had an unusually large amount of squirrel visitors > read more
Ovation: Crowd Surfing In A Wheelchair.
08/01/2014 11:13:06 AM
Never having been a fan of large crowds, when I go to concerts I prefer a venue with assigned seating. I have, however, been to several outdoor events that I enjoyed very much. I remember seeing a young Christina Aguilera perform an outdoor conce > read more
Diatribe: An Ax Through Your Windshield.
07/31/2014 10:57:29 AM
I work in a city that offers very limited public transportation. Most people who work in the city, like myself, commute to and from work every day by automobile. Traffic can be tedious but it simply comes with the territory and is a fact of life. > read more
Ovation: National Cheesecake Day.
07/30/2014 11:27:16 AM
I blame my sweet tooth on my grandmothers. When I was a kid, every meal ended with a dessert. To this day, its as if I cant stop eating until I finish with something sweet. Both of my grandmothers made delicious desserts that I remember q > read more
Diatribe: Perhaps The Bachelorette Should Have Taken Nicks Calls.
07/29/2014 11:50:17 AM
I dont remember my parents actively censoring the television programs that we watched as children. Of course, back then, there were only three networks and very few programs from which to choose. I remember that Laugh-In was supposed to be off > read more
Ovation: Just When I Thought Jimmy Fallon Couldnt Get Any Cuter, He Sucked Helium With Morgan Freeman.
07/28/2014 14:28:39 PM
Morgan Freeman is one of very few entertainers that I remember seeing on television as a child. He, along with Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby, was one of the original stars of the PBS kids show The Electric Company that aired for six season beginnin > read more
Diatribe: Dont Buy Your Lunch At A Restaurant You Just Tried To Rob.
07/23/2014 10:27:11 AM
Its no secret among my friends and family that I love Mexican food. Ive never visited a Mexican restaurant that I didnt enjoy
and it seems like there are millions of them. Of course I enjoy some more than others and Ive encountere > read more
Ovation: A Real-Life Krusty Krab Restaurant.
07/22/2014 15:42:16 PM
Anyone whos had a kid in the last fifteen years has probably heard of SpongeBob SquarePants, his pet snail Gary, his best friend Patrick Star, neighbor Squidward Tentacles, his boss Mr. Krabs and the rest of the gang in Bikini Bottom made famous o > read more
Diatribe: Are Christians Who Oppose Equality Really Christians?
07/21/2014 12:35:36 PM
Knowing that Republican House Speaker John Boehner was never going to bring a nondiscrimination bill to the floor, advocates have demanded for years that President Obama sign an executive order instead. This morning, President Obama amended a stand > read more
Ovation: Good For Tim McGraw.
07/18/2014 15:31:31 PM
In my younger years I spent quite a bit of time on stage. I spent hours and hours practicing in front of a mirror because I didnt want my mannerisms or my facial expressions to detract from my performance. One of the most common critiques that > read more
Diatribe: Burning Down Your House To Kill A Spider.
07/17/2014 11:24:35 AM
A few weeks ago we had guests spend the weekend with us. They stayed in a guest room that, honestly, doesnt get used very often. We keep some clothes in the closet but mostly the door stays closed to keep pets out and the room undisturbed. Whe > read more
Ovation: Weird Als Word Crimes Parody.
07/16/2014 11:27:42 AM
One of my guilty pleasures as a teen was listening to the Dr. Demento radio show. The broadcast originated in a Los Angeles radio station and specialized in novelty songs, comedy and strange or unusual recordings from the past to the present. Som > read more
Diatribe: Censoring Dialogue But Not Images.
07/14/2014 10:35:09 AM
This is the time of year when television watchers have little to get excited about. The major networks are saving their new shows for the fall and cable seems to be airing filler. Fortunately, most cable and satellite providers have begun t > read more
Ovation: The Twilight Wish Foundation.
07/11/2014 15:58:03 PM
Several years ago, I stopped wanting to “get stuff” and I started wanting to “do things”. I’d spent the better part of my adult life collecting things to assemble a home and I’d finally determined that my home wa > read more
Diatribe: Meth Grandmas Tea.
07/10/2014 15:37:44 PM
I was a fortunate child inasmuch as I grew up in a small town where almost all of my family lived within an hours drive from home. We got to visit relatives frequently and be a part of each others lives. As more people follow their dreams, > read more
Ovation: I Support The Firing Of Polly Have a Blessed Day Neace.
07/09/2014 07:40:08 AM
I have a job, I have a job description and I have a boss. I do what is expected of me, I follow my supervisors instructions and I get paid for my service. I dont always like what I have to do. In fact, sometimes I dont look forward to > read more
Diatribe: GUEST POST Online Car Loan Scams.
07/09/2014 07:30:25 AM
A lot of us have been there before; for whatever reason, our credit score isn’t up to scratch and suddenly taking out a loan becomes a major undertaking. This is right about the time that the car decides to give up the ghost, requiring a replac > read more
Ovation: Endless Appetizers At TGI Fridays.
07/08/2014 07:30:02 AM
I love a good happy hour. In my younger days I used to look forward to stopping on my way home from the office to have a cocktail with colleagues one night and with friends another night at least one night each week. I try to leave problems aroun > read more
Diatribe: Married At First Sight
07/07/2014 07:30:32 AM
Ive written before about my disgust for people who dont take the privilege of marriage seriously and the good folks at the FYI Network are giving us another reason to question the motives of those who marry for marriage sake. Marrying a stran > read more
Ovation: The Star-Spangled Banner
07/04/2014 09:36:41 AM
REPOSTED from July 4, 2013 … Today, the United States of America celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when the original Thirteen Colonies separated from Great Britain. The federal holiday is commonly ass > read more
Diatribe: Nine Kitchen Items A Dishwasher Can Destroy.
07/03/2014 07:30:41 AM
Family meals at my grandmother’s house were always wonderful. Cleaning up after them, as I recall, was quite a feat. Her kitchen, you see, did not have a dishwasher. She washed her dishes in a dishpan and dried them with a soft towel. A > read more
Ovation: Target Takes Aim At Customers Carrying Firearms.
07/02/2014 11:37:01 AM
I do most of the grocery shopping for our household and, over the years, Ive done my share of comparison pricing. There are so many things to take into consideration when determining how to get the most value for your shopping dollar that > read more
Diatribe: Fried Paper Towels And Hot Oil.
07/01/2014 12:25:11 PM
Last Saturday night we had a small dinner party. One of our guests has recently joined Weight Watchers so, wanting to be supportive, I scoured the internet for an interesting recipe that looked yummy enough for everyone else yet would allow my diet > read more
Ovation: Seven Natural Sunburn Remedies
06/30/2014 14:36:01 PM
Some of us will never learn. No matter how many times get a sun burn, we still find ourselves outside on a sunny day without protecting our skin. Ive, personally, burned and peeled three times already this year and my lips are in a constant st > read more
Diatribe: The Business Of Gay Pride Can Be Quite Distasteful.
06/27/2014 07:30:29 AM
A friend of mine finds herself in a peculiar situation this week. She and her family have worked, tirelessly, for many years to raise funds on behalf of the LGBT community and many various charities in their community and across the country. Havi > read more
Ovation: Edith Windsor.
06/26/2014 07:30:26 AM
Edith Schlain Windsor worked in New York as a computer systems consultant for IBM. She was a board member of Social Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders, also known as SAGE, from 1985 to 1987 and from 2004 to 2006 > read more
Diatribe: The Hot Convict.
06/25/2014 12:31:02 PM
Sadly, it seems that many of us have been programmed to believe that beautiful people have a head start on their less attractive peers. Studies completed as far back as the 1970s indicate that attractive people are treated more favorably than those c > read more
Ovation: Pizza Delivery By Drone.
06/24/2014 10:07:17 AM
A couple weeks ago, our neighbor was frightened by an unexpected late-night visitor and had quite a story to tell. Shes a sweet widow who lives on a large piece of property with a long driveway. A car that she didnt recognize arrived and a > read more
Diatribe: Kicking Marilyn Monroe To The Curb.
06/23/2014 12:58:32 PM
During childhood vacations, I remember driving past homesteads in the mountains where there were homes with sofas and washing machines on the front porch. Along the interstate, we saw lots of junk cars and flower pots made from discarded tires. I > read more
Ovation: Thelma & Louise Recreate Their Selfie.
06/20/2014 11:20:26 AM
Thelma & Louise, the 1991 adventure buddy film co-starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis brought a lot of firsts to the big screen. It was the first time the world was really introduced to Callie Khouri (ABC’s NASHVILLE) whose screenplay for > read more
Diatribe: Its Ok To Bring Your Rifle To Target While Mini-Me Gets A Cavity Search.
06/19/2014 07:30:39 AM
Apparently, there are loaded guns strewn about households across the United States laying well within the grasp of toddlers, hormonal teens and the less-than-brilliant fools among us who dont understand how they work. Fringe enthusiasts ar > read more
Ovation: Christian Stoinev.
06/18/2014 09:43:21 AM
I have a friend whos really into yoga. He, apparently, is quite good at it, too. I tried it once
alone in front of my television where no one could see me. I couldnt do it. I have no sense of balance so I kept falling over
liter > read more
Diatribe: When Beavers Attack.
06/17/2014 15:00:37 PM
We found a spider in our house last weekend. It was a large spider, about five inches long, and we were amazed to find it inside an empty wastebasket in a bedroom on the second floor. It couldnt get out of the wastebasket because it was unable > read more
Ovation: Lily Borns Kangaroo Cup.
06/16/2014 12:42:37 PM
Last weekend I found myself discussing the hit ABC television program Shark Tank. For those whove never seen it, the program features a panel of potential investors, called sharks, who consider offers from aspiring entrepreneurs seeking in > read more
Diatribe: I Dont Think Mila Kunis Kimmel Skit Was Funny.
06/13/2014 07:30:02 AM
I think Mila Kunis is a beautiful actress, she was fantastic in Black Swan and she does a great job providing the voice of Meg Griffin on Family Guy but I was not amused when she poked fun at dads-to-be during a recent appearance on Jimmy Ki > read more
Ovation: Jon Bon Jovi Is Pretty Awesome.
06/12/2014 09:39:27 AM
When I was young, I was never a fan of hair metal bands or any of the hard rock-n-roll acts that lots of other kids enjoyed. Frankly, I thought many of them only really listened to their music in an effort to annoy their parents. My y > read more
Diatribe: Drunk Sexting A Cop.
06/11/2014 10:35:57 AM
My resume reflects a time in my career during which I worked as a Freelance Photographer. I took photos at weddings and did some portrait work as well as many images that I composed with the intention of selling them through various outlets. I pa > read more
Ovation: 1600 Pandas World Tour.
06/10/2014 10:32:28 AM
I love flash mobs (see here and here) and I love pandas. I can’t think of anything that would grab my attention faster than a panda flash mob! Yesterday, a display of 1,600 papier-mâché pandas filled the arrivals hall at Hong Kong airpor > read more
Diatribe: Giving Table Scraps To Dogs Might Be OK
But Dog Treats Arent For Kids.
06/09/2014 12:48:35 PM
Back in my horse days, I tried my hand at baking home-made horse treats. My horse wasnt a finicky eater, but he was particular when it came to special treats. He didnt care for carrots or even slices of apples like other horses in the barn > read more
Ovation: GUEST POST Mike Rowes Advice On Finding A Dream Job.
06/06/2014 10:11:50 AM
If there’s one thing people learn about Mike Rowe, it’s that he doesn’t sugar-coat anything. The former “Dirty Jobs” TV host was recently asked for some personal advice on finding the dream job, and he said straight up: > read more
Diatribe: Using Silly Beards To Sell Razors.
06/05/2014 07:30:31 AM
It seems that, lately, when it comes to men and shaving it can be one extreme or the other. Many grooming habits that were previously only acceptable for women have become perfectly normal for men thanks to what might be called the metrosexual m > read more
Ovation: Being A Friend To Have A Friend.
06/04/2014 08:00:17 AM
Do you have a best friend? As children, we all probably did. Many of us are fortunate enough to remain close well into adulthood. My mother, for instance, has remained very close with her best friend from down the street for almost sixty years > read more
Diatribe: Dragging Your Baby Down The Aisle On Your Wedding Day.
06/03/2014 16:38:08 PM
One of my great claims to fame is the fact that I stood as a witness in both of my parents weddings. Not many people can say this but, when they each remarried thirty-some years ago, I had the honor of being a part of both ceremonies. To this day > read more
Ovation: Presidential Proclamation June 2014 is LGBT Pride Month.
05/30/2014 19:48:02 PM
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect our Nation becomes not onl > read more
Diatribe: Unless Youre Inconsiderate And Selfish, Once You Get To The Last Window Its Too Late To Order More Food.
05/29/2014 08:00:08 AM
Surely were all in agreement that none of us can teach our children everything they need to know. Most parents show them the basics, turn them over to strangers leading a classroom, sprinkle on a little bit of help with their homework and hope f > read more
Ovation: Dr. Maya Angelou (1928 2014)
05/28/2014 08:44:04 AM
Renowned author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, known for her civil rights activism and her most famous autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings has died at the age of 86. While Angelou never went to college, she held more than thirty honorary degree > read more
Diatribe: Kamikaze Cardinals.
05/24/2014 09:30:17 AM
We enjoy feeding the birds around our house and this is the time of year when we see the most activity. Flowers are blooming and the trees finally have all of their leaves so the birds are busy building nests. We have one feeder that I particular > read more
Ovation: Chipotle Goes Gun-Free.
05/20/2014 11:49:16 AM
For all of my adult life Ive held a very firm anti-gun stance believing that while the old adage guns dont kill people, people kill people may be true, a more accurate slogan would be guns dont kill people, people with guns kill peo > read more
Diatribe: Fitting Tributes Or Commercialized Grief?
05/19/2014 12:34:37 PM
Lately, I feel that Ive been forced to consider the topic of commercialized grief. Last Friday, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum opened with a special ceremony at ground zero that was attended by President Barack Obama. Having visit > read more
Diatribe: Think Before You Speak Because EVERYONE Is Listening
Even Chubby Wubby.
05/15/2014 14:03:18 PM
Ladies and gentlemen its high time we all agree that were responsible for our own words and deeds. With virtually everyone and their children carrying a smartphone, camera or other recording device, the old adage think before you speak > read more
Ovation: Rhett Parks The Rapping Cattle Auctioneer.
05/14/2014 15:33:49 PM
I’ve been to concerts and I’ve been to auctions … and I think I can say with confidence that cattle auctioneer Rhett Parks, with the addition of some back-beat, puts a lot of rappers to shame. > read more
Diatribe: When A Hug Can Cost An Identity.
05/13/2014 13:25:59 PM
Have you ever heard the phrase No good deed goes unpunished? Sometimes it can be dangerous to do what feels like the right thing to do. More and more frequently, it seems, criminals are relying on the kindness of strangers to commit their c > read more