It’s that day again. That one on the calendar that was once packed with delight and now dread. Once it meant the exciting achievement of milestones of life. Now, it is just another fleeting sunrise and sunset. Continue reading When I Woke Up Today: On the Ceaseless Ticking Clock of Time
The sudden rise of internet news personality Tomi Lahren is also an indication of the end of moderation. Continue reading Young, Vibrant and Controversial: The Rise of Tomi Lahren and the End of Moderation
This week comedian Leslie Jones was the victim of a horrific digital assault that must alarm all of us. Continue reading Why the Digital Assault on Leslie Jones Must Genuinely Concern Us All
A recent Washington Post column on the Ryan Lochte saga was a vicious attack on the swimmer and rings a sad bell toll on American journalism. Continue reading “The Dumbest Bell That Ever Rang:” Have We Just Witnessed the Death of American Journalism?
THE GUITAR STRUMMING abruptly commences leading to a prominent drum crash. It’s the opening salvo to Josh Abbott Band’s most recent release Front Row Seat. The album highlights the maturation process the Texas country music staple is currently experiencing. Front Row Seat as an album, when heard holistically, tells a story. It’s a story of love and loss. The album is structured in a way … Continue reading Take a Front Row Seat as Josh Abbott Band Attempts to Save Country Music
As I’ve aged, rather gracelessly I might add (I will not be offended if you ask me “are those bags under your eyes or suitcases?”), my devotion has begun to mature alongside me. Continue reading And Jesus Grew in Wisdom and Stature: A Conversation About Faith and the Journey Toward God
The gunshots ring out, and I can’t believe how loud they are. You can hear them in perfect crispness over the speakers of my television. They were broadcast on a cable news network after being recorded by a simple device that we all now carry in our pockets. The audible pops of the gunfire were bone-chilling. The fact that they came not on the streets … Continue reading Have We All Lost Our $%&#$#% Minds? How Social Technology is Polarizing Us
Let’s be perfectly clear. Grown men playing a silly basketball game is about as important as the latest Bachelorette gossip on this Independence Day weekend. With sadistic men successfully igniting bombs and shooting up night clubs while an American presidential election is making One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest look like uplifting family entertainment, really tall, athletic men who get paid ungodly amounts of money … Continue reading The Departure: Reporting on Oklahoma City’s Independence Day Anguish
The elementary school buzzed with the faithful preparing for a simple Sunday service near the geographical center of America. Yet, at least for me, time slowed when I heard the number: 50 dead in Orlando. Disbelief was replaced by the shock and sadness now flowing through me as I numbly walked myself through the job for which I had been tasked. My only motivation now … Continue reading In the Midst of Desperate Madness, We Are Left with Our Faith
To preface this column, a few weekends ago I spent an afternoon at the Okie Noodling Festival in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. I will keep this short, for the sake of brevity, but noodling is when very athletic, brave, and possibly certifiable men, women and, yes, children dive into various bodies of water attempting to catch enormous catfish with their bare hands. The winner of this … Continue reading In Loving Memory: Oklahoma’s Touching, Intense, and Ultimately Unique Remembrance of Sports Voice Bob Barry Jr.
Spoiler Alert Gauge: High (Like Roger Sterling at a Free Love Rally) 1. Don Draper may prefer blondes, but Dick Whitman prefers brunettes with daddy issues. 2. I can’t be the only one who hopes Lou Avery gets eaten by Godzilla, suddenly develops a life-threatening allergy to raw fish or upsets the wrong samurai. 3. Despite the pale rodent that inexplicably began growing above his … Continue reading Donny D Finds His Chi: A Dozen Mindless Musings From the End of Mad Men
The snow fell hard and fast. The roads quickly developed a sheet of white. Oklahoma drivers hesitantly leveled a soft foot on an anxious gas pedal as they traveled north from downtown Oklahoma City towards suburban Edmond, home from work to houses filled with exhausted spouses and excited children, because snow seems to deliver nothing but utter joy to the immature. Meanwhile, a daring few … Continue reading A State, a Team and Tragedy: The Enduring Spirit of Oklahoma
On this website, I have openly gushed about my unfettered love of the late television show Breaking Bad. I’ve made my feelings openly known, no need to beat a dead horse (or mow down dead neo-Nazi’s with a modified machine gun). When I first heard of a developing spin-off to my departed Sunday night babysitter, my reaction was nothing more than casual amusement. Really? They’re … Continue reading Better Call Saul: Why You Should be Sold on the Breaking Bad Spin-Off
One thing that has surprised me about the website you are currently navigating is how often I mention Stephen King. I’ve always enjoyed him as a writer, but in the last few years I have imbibed his novels with relish. I recently worked my way through The Shining (a novel). Last weekend, I re-viewed Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. I wanted to investigate why King had … Continue reading A Most Personal Novel: Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, His Own Battle with Addiction and the Powerful Army of Alcoholics Anonymous
The Earl Dibbles Jr. phenomenon puts Granger Smith, the talented musician behind the “Country Boy,” in a peculiar position. Continue reading “YEE-YEE”: Earl Dibbles Jr., Survivor
Note: This column is spoiler free I have made it clear that, for me, a movie to be truly scary it has to be realistic. I have to believe that the portrayal could potentially happen. I’m not afraid of chainsaw wielding, hockey mask wearing half-dead zombies, because I know, in real life, I will never meet one. That being said one movie so effectively horrified … Continue reading A Movie to Scare the #@?! Out of You: We Need to Talk About Kevin
Are We Seeing the Twilight of the Novel? Continue reading Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn & How Novelists Are Taking Control of Their Hollywood Backed Stories
Weezer extends its middle finger and, quite possibly, takes a final bow. Continue reading Weezer, Is This the End or a New Beginning?
Last weekend, I sat down and watched the film 12 Years a Slave. The movie is haunting. The film is based on the real life journey of Solomon Northup, who went from freedom to slavery, and the memoir he published about his captivity. Continue reading 12 Years a Slave, Students of Jefferson County and the Undeniable Importance of History
Today in Boston, New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter will play in his final game in Yankee pinstripes. It not only signals the end to a tremendously memorable career. It may also signal the end of a specific type of person: the true American sports idol. To be a true sports idol you have to have an extremely rare combination of charisma, likeability, talent, attractiveness, … Continue reading Derek Jeter, The Last True American Sports Icon