Enough with Mediocrity, Already

Last night on Dancing with the Stars, journeyman baseball player David Ross beat the most decorated American gymnast in history, Simon Biles, by scoring 34/40 and 36/40 in two dances.  Ross had the lowest scores of the night; Biles had two perfect scores.  But America had spoken, and they preferred Ross’s “aw, shucks” tenacity to…

Hate Mainstream Media? Sorry, Facts Don’t Have a Liberal Bias

Retiring conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes complained that after years of bashing from the right wing, the mainstream media no longer could perform their function as reporters, observers, fact dispensers, and even truth tellers, and he said we needed them.  Like Goebbels before them, conservatives understood that they had to create their own facts,…

Writing Memoir is a Kick in the Ass

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – Robert Frost As a Musical Theater major I participated in an acting exercise called The Chair.  In it, a plush chair sat alone in a dark room, illuminated by a single, bright light.  One by one, everyone in class sat silently in the chair.…