Award-winning poet and story writer (https://beattytales.com/), PhD in English, assistant pit bull, keppa to rockstars. Specialist in doughnut math.
I’ve had some boring dates, dates where it only took a few minutes for us both to realize there was no match or interest on either side.
I’ve had some failed dates, dates where crazy clashed with hormones to see if I had had any judgment at all.
But as far as truly bad dates, there’s one that really stands out. It was also the single most embarrassing moment in my life, but it was— and I want to make this absolutely clear — not my fault.
Let me set the scene for you. It was my first year of…
The Post-Trump Republican Party and the Mutation of Metaphor
In addition to killing thousands of people, the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States was a great blow to the country’s soul. People were in pain, such pain that many voices declared that irony was over, and there was no place for comedy or laughter.
In time people healed, and both snark and jokes eventually returned to public discourse. Now, though, we face a similar rupture in our collective mindset. Similar, but stranger.
The juxtaposition of two events creates an X that marks the spot where this rupture is happening.
And that’s dangerous for the rest of us.
Former Speaker of the House John Boehner recently released On the House: A Washington Memoir. In this book, Boehner reflects on his extensive political career, and spills the dirt on the wide array of political characters he worked with.
He shares observations on the rise of Trump and Trumpism, and snarks at figures like Michelle Bachman (as he should). However, he saves his harshest comments for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who he fries in the book and in interviews and commentary he has shared since the book’s existence was made public.
And I say this as someone who loathes him
Several times since the multi-faceted scandal has exploded around Representative Matt Gaetz, he has publicly stated he will not resign.
I loathe the man, and until now, I have agreed with him on nothing. However, I agree with him on this: he should not resign.
There are three reasons for this.
First, there is a chance, however slim, that Matt Gaetz did not do anything illegal. At this point, given the multiple report of his illegal drug use, the accounts of Gaetz and colleague Joel Greenberg visiting a closed tax office…
A nostalgic personal essay
I get on the train in Toledo, Ohio. I have a footlocker, a suitcase, and a duffel. It is August, and I’m going to college in Texas.
I stow my big bags and find a seat, hauling my duffel after me. I’ve traveled before, with my family and school groups, but this is my first solo trip. I nod to my seat mate and wrap myself in a tight little ball, excited and afraid. I can’t wait for the next things to happen, but they are so new…I shake my head.
I look up. She’s walking…
“I feel like we’ve seen all of this a thousand times,” Shelley said. “You know, in the movies.”
The others with her in the hospital room all nodded or murmured their agreement. They weren’t just being polite. There were countless movies featuring a lovely woman — in this case, Shelley’s sister Becca — lying motionless in a hospital bed, while her loved ones kept watch, waiting, and hoping, for her to recover from her coma.
Just like in the most sentimental movies, they had brought flowers, pictures, and gifts. Just like in the movies, they sat with their sister, aunt…
As former President Donald Trump heads in to his record-setting second impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, it is essential to remember one thing: if you are a conservative, you cannot support Donald Trump in any way, shape, or form.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. You can support Trump if you are a Republican. In fact, if you are still a member of the Republican Party now, you probably do. Before the 2020 presidential election, 89% of Republicans approved of Trump and his actions. …
A Salute to the Republican Accountability Project
America likes winners. Oh, we cheer for the underdog, but only if they eventually come from behind and win. We don’t have much time for losers. However, I’m going to spend my time here praising a campaign of failure and futility. I’m talking about the Republican Accountability Project.