Weather

The forecast called for a 100 percent chance of weather, and as usual it was right on the money.  One day last week I drove through a steady display of what I have taken to calling “Florida rain,” a barrage of tiny droplets completely unlike anything we ever saw in Texas.  (Raindrops in Texas, on…

Pistachios

It’s probably just as well that it can be a bit of a challenge to open up pistachios.  Because once you get them open, they’re kind of gross looking.  But you think to yourself, “I’ve come this far, I might as well eat this thing.”  And you do, and it’s actually pretty good.  Good enough…

Handwriting

And I thought all the emphasis Mrs. Fritsch placed on handwriting in third grade was wasted.  Turns out, it’s important career guidance.  For instance, recently a would-be bank robber failed largely because the teller could not decipher his illegibly scrawled “This is a robbery” note.  And thus another village has occasion to give free room…

Freezing

A young woman attended a concert last week in Milwaukee, and then an afterparty.  She was wearing shorts, fishnet stockings, and a tank top.  Good party clothing, I suppose, if you don’t care about modesty or giving boys the wrong (right?) idea.  But not so great for winter in Wisconsin.  By the time she left…

Fired

Have you ever been fired?  If so, it was probably for non-performance, or misbehavior on the job, or company-wide austerity measures.  Not fun, but understandable.             Have you ever been fired because people gossiped about you?  Probably not.  But preachers get it all the time.  Let me try to explain how it happens.             Someone…

Elephants

I believe elephants hold first place for number of mentions in The Final Word for an animal species.  (Neither Max nor miniature schnauzer are “species,” technically.)  Here’s another:  Two circus elephants who had been separated for twenty years were recently reunited.   The connection — or reconnection, I should say — was obvious from the beginning. …

Audience

I don’t know Amy Petty, and I barely know her music.  (I’m not much of an indie guy.)  But I appreciate what she wrote in a blog recently about why she is not going to try out for The Voice or one of the other half-million competition programs out there these days.  She says she…