Sand in the Gears

Slippery words

Friday, February 1st, 2013 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 2 Comments »

You might like my latest post at Good Letters. An excerpt: "We are used to words not meaning anything, you see, and so who cares if foot-long is not supposed to mean eleven inches, that cheese is not supposed to be a vegetable ...

On the virtue of burning things down

Friday, September 28th, 2012 Posted in Faith and Life | 4 Comments »

Some of you may appreciate my latest Good Letters post over at Patheos, in which I make the entirely reasonable suggestion that Penn State's football stadium be leveled, as a small act of communal repentance. "The forgetting can’t happen soon enough, ...


Thursday, July 26th, 2012 Posted in Faith and Life | Comments Off on Silence

Some of you may appreciate my essay at Patheos about the long silent witnesses to Jerry Sandusky's crimes against children, and the propensity for most of us to avoid the courageous and costly choice. Here's an excerpt: "We all imagine we’d ...