Why We Should Care About #TheDress

If you have a Facebook account or use Twitter or were even remotely awake at all last night, you probably heard something about a little old dress — #TheDress. Not the $150,000 dress Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Oscars. Her white gown decorated with 6,000 pearls — the one that got stolen. No, this is... Read more »

I Hate Everything: MLB Trying To Speed Up The Pace Of The Game

Sometimes Facebook’s trending stories are good for something. They’re not all bombastic one-liners about the Kardashians and sad stories about death. They notify me about changes that Major League Baseball is going to make to enhance the “pace-of-game.” Insert needle scratch here. You’ve got to be kidding me. One of the reasons I’ve always loved... Read more »

Who Is The Rightful Heir To Ernie Banks' Estate?

Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reported that Ernie Banks’ will is being contested by his family after they found out that everything in his estate is being left to his caretaker of 10 years, Regina Rice. The minute I read stories like this, I immediately shudder. My personal experience with things like this is long and... Read more »

What Will I Do Without Jon Stewart?

I used to watch the Daily Show with Craig Kilborn. For real. And I loved him. Like most things, you sometimes have no idea what good is until you get it. Much like all of the Talk Soup hosts (John Henson, Greg Kinnear, Hal Sparks and Aisha Tyler), I could never anticipate how the next... Read more »

The Blessings of "Western" Medicine

I’m addicted to Facebook. It’s awful, and it needs to stop. I’m constantly getting a bunch of random articles, popping up in my feed, telling me some fact about this, getting me riled about that, contradicting itself an hour later. Today, I saw this article from Slate about a wonderful video that I should watch that... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Dad

Happy Birthday, Dad
Born January 25, 1947, my father would have been 68 today. Time is definitely relative, as it seems entirely young to die in your early 70s at this point, when growing up, dying in your 70s seemed perfectly right and normal. A lot of that has to do with advancements in modern medicine and technology... Read more »

The State of the Union

Dad. You didn’t watch this¹ tonight. You didn’t listen to Chris Matthews and The Rachel Maddow Show and whoever else is on MSNBC. You didn’t listen to the endless chatter and patter and clatter that is the 24 hour news cycle, driving me crazy. At least the blessing was at least you listened to the... Read more »

Lucky Thirteen

Saturday, January 12, 2002. The previous night wasn’t really interesting or spectacular in the history of my drinking and drug use; in fact, there was no drug use at all. Insofar as drunk went, I wouldn’t have ranked it in the top 500. It was just a night out, a pleasant buzz. But in the... Read more »

A Long December, Indeed

Lyrics written by Adam Duritz I think Adam Duritz, and by proxy, the Counting Crows, are often an easy target for scorn and ridicule. People mock Duritz’s whiny tone and his penchant for maudlin melancholia. I have always had a soft spot for them, though, and “A Long December” has long held tenure as one... Read more »

No Indictment. No Justice For Michael Brown. No Words.

I am so angry. Sad. No, furious. I thought maybe, maybe they would at least let this go to trial. But after the first ten words out of the prosecutor’s mouth (Was he? He sounded like a defense lawyer for Darren Wilson, honestly.) I knew. No. This wasn’t going to go the right way. And... Read more »