Baskin: Red Lights, Mini-Man, & Confusion

  Disclaimer: I am a movie review virgin (I guess this will be the only time I’ll be able to say that). As such, I have absolutely no idea how much of the story you can/should reveal in a review. So just assume that I am spoiling the entire movie in this short diatribe. AContinue reading “Baskin: Red Lights, Mini-Man, & Confusion”

Don’t Believe Everything You Learned in School—But, Believe Most of It.

If I have to read one more article/post/comment that begins “It’s time for a history lesson”…I may gouge my eyes out. “We shouldn’t believe everything we learned in school.” But here’s the thing: Most of the big, important stuff we learned in history class is actually true

Becoming the Guy Who Yells At the Small Town Newspaper

We won’t move to our new house in Winchester for another week—but I’ve already written my first grumpy message to the editor of the local flagship newspaper. Lord help me. I read my soon-to-be-hometown paper for the first time and, lo and behold, 4 of the 5 editorial pieces are slamming gay people. Are you kidding me?Continue reading “Becoming the Guy Who Yells At the Small Town Newspaper”

Let’s Do This Already; I’m Getting Exhausted

Have you seen Abraham Lincoln/Illinois Outline/Marriage Equality pictures on Facebook recently? That’s because the Illinois General Assembly holds its first “veto session” next week: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (Oct. 22-24). That means we have yet another chance to finally allow same-sex couples to marry. You’ll likely be hearing a lot about this in the next fewContinue reading “Let’s Do This Already; I’m Getting Exhausted”

A Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Do you know where that phrase comes from?  A love that dare not speak its name. It is a line in a poem written by Lord Alfred Douglas in 1894 called “Two Loves.”  Douglas intended it a romantic message to another person you may have heard of: Oscar Wilde. Lord Douglas’s father despised his son’sContinue reading “A Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name”

I Want Grandma to Be There

Six thousand Americans will die today.  Many will be seniors who suffer a stroke, end their battle with cancer, or drift away peacefully after a long decline.  Others are younger and will go suddenly–in a car accident or after slipping on a banana peel on the top of a subway stairwell. Life is unpredictable.  LiveContinue reading “I Want Grandma to Be There”