Madison & Tanner: The Year in Review!!

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OMG!! Another year has CAREENED to a CLOSE!! Why is FATHER TIME such a STICKLER about SCHEDULING?!?! I mean REALLY?? Would it KILL the OLD BUTT TRUMPET to hit the SNOOZE BUTTON occasionally?? But there I go AGAIN!! Off on a ROAD trip to DIGRESSIONVILLE!! Crowding into the SPOTLIGHT that belongs to my ADORABLE SUCKLINGS […]

Drunken Diplomacy

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The Set-Up The history of sports broadcasting has been a steady stream of the unremarkable, which, thankfully, has been punctuated by eruptions of the brilliant, the virtuosic, and the sublimely idiosyncratic—broadcasters who seem to effortlessly confer maturity, dignity, sagacity, and emotion upon sporting events of every kind. I’m talking about guys like Vin Scully, Red […]

The Alarming Suckiness of Lists

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This online list thing annoys the bejesus out of me. It’s infantile reportage; click-hungry peek-a-boo; a cheap incitement for us to (briefly; minimally) engage with the inane and the mediocre. I promised myself I would not succumb to the trend. I failed. From now on, it’s all lists for me.   These 5 Pictures Will Forever […]

Audiobooks: Trickier Than You Might Think

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For all intents and purposes, I live in my car. Two weeks (or more) out of every month, I spend more time in my car than I do my home. The overarching constant of the situation is my ever-present hunger for entertainment, which I feed through regular meals of audiobooks. (I mean, one can only […]

Fun with Cops: Seattle

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My square job requires driving. Lots of driving; 10-12,000 miles each and every month. That much time on the road makes encountering a cop all but certain. I have spent my fair share of time under the scrutiny of law-enforcement people—sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, ordinary police officers, state troopers, border patrol agents, park police, tribal officers, […]

Madison/Tanner: Bible Camp

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OMG!! OMG!!! OMG!!!! My scrumptious moppets, little MADISON and little TANNER, are already HOME!! Eleven days EARLY!! And oh my GOODNESS, I am just about as MIFFED as I have EVER BEEN!!! Those SNOW-PURE youngsters are home early because they GOT KICKED OUT!!! I mean, can you IMAGINE?!?!?! That gosh-darn camp leader, WYMAN DOWNER, sent […]

The Madison/Tanner Diaries: Summer Camp

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OMG!! It’s almost the end of summer, and that can only mean ONE THING!! Vacation time for ME and vacation time for my adorable bundles of Cream and Chocolate, little MADISON and little TANNER!! The REAL QUESTION, the one that NAGGED like a big ol’ NAGGYPANTS, was WHERE to send the YOUNGSTERS?!?!?!?! They have already […]

Okavango Cocktail: An Interview with Peter Allison

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Peter Allison is a writer, conservationist, and expert safari guide. A native of Australia, and now residing near Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Allison began working as a guide in the mid-90s, and has since led hundreds of safaris throughout South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. When not exploring the world’s wild places, he acts as an […]

Lonely for a Time: Poetry by Teagan Wood

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One of my favorite things is meeting a new writer, especially one who is not only new to me, but new to the whole scribbling scene. I was introduced to Teagan Wood a couple of weeks ago while in Seattle on business. An initial sampling of her poetry left me happily, if somewhat elusively, impressed. […]

Empowering Un-Belief: An Interview with Amanda Knief

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Amanda Knief is the National Legal and Public Policy Director for American Atheists. She directs American Atheists’ policy advocacy, legal strategy, and serves and In-House Counsel. Ms. Knief earned her JD at Drake University, and has a BS in journalism from Iowa State University. She is the author of The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual […]