Monthly Archives: September 2013

3 Things I Recently Learned – crocs, cavemen and colloquialisms

It’s shoo-in, not shoe-in – “Shoo-in ‘easy winner (especially in politics)’ (1939) was originally a horse that wins a race by pre-arrangement (1928; the verb phrase shoo in in this sense is from 1908).” Fred Flintstone is an assumed name – The … Continue reading

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Parallel Parking

[Fiction on the blog.] “It’s cool inside,” he said as he shoved a flyer in my hand. Then he glanced up at the sun for emphasis, as if I needed reminding that the thermometer had already reached 100 degrees a … Continue reading

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Piano Playing Made Easy

I created this e-card to advertise my new venture: piano lessons. Just follow these two simple steps and you’ll be playing in no time! This has been a public service from the Train Wreck. No need to thank me. Music … Continue reading

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Saturday Quotable – Karen Swallow Prior on the Prodigal Son

Reflecting on Luke 15:11-32 It is hard, after all, to love a God of justice and righteousness and not to love those qualities overmuch. It strains our human frailty to hate rebellion, squandering, and wantonness – prodigality – and yet … Continue reading

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The OC Supertones Present: Jury Duty Redux

Following up on my post earlier today, here’s another take on jury duty. The OC Supertones – fun band, but how did they get that camera into my courtroom to film me at work?

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Jury Duty and the Kingdom of God

[From the archives.] *** Last Tuesday, the President – in reference to an anti-Islamic video produced in the United States – told the United Nations General Assembly: … the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression; it is more … Continue reading

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Arguing Your Case? Monty Python Has a Few Tips

If this man says he came in for an argument, who am I to contradict him?

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Ironic Detachment, The New Sincerity, And Me

I was recently introduced to the New Sincerity movement in a book review by Karen Swallow Prior where she explains it as, a trend within popular culture “that prioritizes the virtues of sincerity and authenticity over just about anything else” … Continue reading

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Feelin’ the Colorectal Love!

This is courtesy of Pat, or Patrick Badstibner for those who read his comments on the blog here. Whatever you call him, you can also call him responsible for this. You can also laugh out loud like I did when … Continue reading

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves – a guest post from Laura Droege

[Today’s guest post is from Laura Droege, a wonderful writer who touches upon the vulnerabilities of life and the strength of faith. This post is but one example of how she can touch our lives by opening up her own. … Continue reading

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