Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Pain We Cause by Gossiping

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." It's a commandment. Not a suggestion. It's a Commandment, Not a Suggestion Over the weekend, I watched as gossip flowed about the disappearance of "A" and her baby "C.' "A", as you may recall, is an internet acquaintance, someone I met via social media. I followed… Continue reading The Pain We Cause by Gossiping

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Living as Flesh and Blood in a Virtual World

We are living in an age when calumny is king. It is becoming difficult to live as a flesh and blood being in a virtual world. The Collision Between Reality and Narrative This week, two stories captured my every waking moment. One story may be familiar to you: teenagers waiting for a bus at the… Continue reading Living as Flesh and Blood in a Virtual World

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Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Long, Slow, and Expected Demise of the Women’s Magazine

I read today that Glamour has joined the ranks of women's magazines to move to an all-digital format. The print magazine will no longer be available. It's a not unexpected but it is a sad end to the era of the glossy women's magazines.     It's a hot August afternoon in 1983. I'm sprawled… Continue reading The Long, Slow, and Expected Demise of the Women’s Magazine

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Mayberry Is Gone: Security Upgrades at Our Courthouse

The Mayberry I knew is gone. The Town of Farmville just upgraded the security at the courthouse, and while I understand the need for it, I dislike it. Perhaps the Mayberry I knew never really existed, except in comparison with what I left behind in New York City. The Mayberry I Knew: Farmville, Virginia The… Continue reading Mayberry Is Gone: Security Upgrades at Our Courthouse

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Most Disturbing Thing This Week

...wasn't the Kavanaugh hearings or how accusations from 30+ years ago may be enough to ruin a man's life... That was disturbing enough. You want to know the most disturbing thing I read this week? Comments on "A Canticle for Leibowitz" left on Amazon. "I didn't understand the reason, why, in the last book, the… Continue reading The Most Disturbing Thing This Week