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To Keep, or to Cast Away

“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Romans 12: 2

Perhaps it had something to do with my having been listening to the angst-ridden radio newscast prior […]

Defying Death, Hell and High Water—the Wendy’s Bunch Reloads

It’s been a spell since I updated my readers on the Wendy’s breakfast bunch and their goings-on, so I decided to take this occasion to make amends. The Mission “weed patch” to the east of the Wendy’s location still flagrantly displays its green glory, all efforts at revitalizing the construction project having so far slid […]

In the Eye (or Mind) of the Beholder

Construal: “…[A] social psychological term that refers to the way in which (or the process of) people perceive, comprehend, and interpret the world around them.”

—AlleyDog.com Psychology Glossary

 

As a psychology student at the University of Kansas many years ago, I remember becoming particularly intrigued with that branch of the science known as social […]

Even Cowboys Battle Zombies

A Review of Dead Men Don’t Ride by L. Glen Enloe (Outlaws Publishing LLC 2017)

 

Following many years of writing and publishing literary free verse, and garnering a number of awards for that work, L. Glen Enloe became increasingly drawn to the history, lore and legend of the American Wild West and began honing […]

Snake Gratitude, or Anthropomorphism?

This past Mother’s Day, my wife and I (neither one of us parents) had a close encounter with the greatest mother of all—Mother Nature. Unexpected, perplexing, yet ultimately, in a way, gratifying. And not soon to be forgotten!

Intending to spend the day at our little vacation house on Lake Gardner and catch up some […]

In a World Devoid of Noise

If you’re a frequent lunch customer at the Mission Wendy’s, you would surely have seen him on occasion stepping up in line wearing his blue-gray U. S. Postal uniform, writing his order on a napkin, claiming his food tray and proceeding to a booth, always to dine alone. A slender man, tall in stature—his name […]

Soldier Boys and Girls Together Spell S-E-X

The recent spectacle of Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller being grilled concerning the Facebook nude-photo scandal before an “irate” Senate panel—including women such as Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen exercising their (as the black celebrity Janelle Monáe would phrase it) “vagina power over men”—provided an hilariously entertaining theater of the absurd for those realists among […]

Ellen’s Accessories: An Immigrant’s Story

The year was 1952, and the “forgotten” war had morphed into a stalemate, concentrated in and around the Korean 38th parallel. Names designating battles like White Horse, Old Baldy, Triangle Hill and Mig Alley were becoming inked into the history books in blood as the casualties on both sides mounted. Intransigent military commanders, government leaders […]

Trump, Reeducation and the Unhinged “Snowflake”

As the entry into the new year 2017 nears, the last topic in a blog post I wanted to be addressing is politics. The political campaigns and election run-up of 2016 have been psychologically, emotionally and physically draining to the bottom of my human reserve. Nevertheless, an editorial in last Saturday’s Kansas City Star by […]

A Black Mother, Her Babies and America

As most of my readers know by now, my favorite haunt for a frugal breakfast and stimulating conversation is the local Wendy’s restaurant. Walk in most days and you’ll be greeted at the counter by a captivating black female with meticulously braided hair piled high above her Wendy’s visor, a velvety-soft and flawless complexion and […]