Archive for the Serious stuff Category


We Were Lied To About Abortion. We Have to Stop

(A very serious one about abortion)   Oh little baby, you’ll never cry, nor will you hear a sweet lullabye.  Oh unborn child, if you only knew just what your momma was plannin’ to do. You’re still a-clingin’ to the tree of life, but soon you’ll be cut off before you get ripe. When I […]

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What a Good Man Looks Like — Bob Barry, Jr

The older you get, the more you understand how hard it is to find a “good man” in this life. The outpouring of emotion this week in Oklahoma, following the tragic death of TV sportscaster Bob Barry, Jr., proved that in spades. I honestly encourage you to have a look at “BBJ’s” memorial service, which […]

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R.I.P. Robin Williams. Love & Prayers from New Zealand

    I’m not sure why the death of Robin Williams has hit me so hard; why this thing’s weight is so heavy, so suffocating, so oppressive. It may be because initial reports of his death said it was self-inflicted asphyxiation. Rightly or wrongly, that gave me a ghastly image of poor Robin hanging himself. […]

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A View on the JFK Assassination, 50 Years After, From an Okie Down Under

(Editor’s note: This is a serious blog post which was, of course, prompted by the 50th anniversary of the horrific assassination of the 35th President.) I have not thought that much about the JFK assassination in the last 30-some years. But when I was in my 20s, I spent untold hours reading dozens of books […]

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The Terrors of the Elderly Await Us

(Not a funny one.  Not funny at all.) Old age has probably always been a bugger. I think it’s going to get way worse pretty soon. I toured a dementia unit last week, and my heart was on the ground.

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Mother’s Day ‘Momories’ Straight from the Heart

One of my most treasured inheritances from Mom is a photocopied poem, surrounded by a hand-made sussy purple oval, held in a clunky, old wooden frame. The poem is called “Warning”, by Jenny Joseph. It’s not long: “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and […]

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Osama bin Spin – What is Truth?

There are times when I feel like a man with no country. I’ve lived two-thirds of my adult life overseas. So even though this Okie will probably always sound like a Yank – damn right! – I don’t think like the average American. I probably never did, but even less so now. When Osama bin […]

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