Opinion

The Threads That Hold Us Together

Make no mistake, the holidays are stressful. With all the traffic, lines at the mall and family drama at home, it’s a wonder we even bother saying “happy holidays” at all. Of course, we have little choice in participating, so all we can do is prepare ourselves for the oncoming…

Arabian Knights

Given our own state of daily political turmoil here at home, it’s almost comforting to look abroad and see that we’re not the only dysfunctional country in the world. OK, maybe “comforting” is too strong of a word. It’s such a global society at this point that it’s just a…

The Tricks and Treats of Halloween

As far as holidays go, it’s hard to beat Halloween. I’d argue that Halloween is our weirdest holiday, but I think that’s part of its charm. On Halloween, everyone can dress up in elaborate costumes and pretend to be someone else for one night only. We throw caution to the…

Jurassic Park

If you can remember your early teen years, you’re a lot younger than I am. My birthday is in a few days, and I feel as though I’m rapidly approaching the tipping point of two differing mindsets: bemoaning how many birthdays I’ve had versus wondering how many I have left….

Strawberry Fields Forever

I write about outer space a lot. I blame Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for that. If I hadn’t gone to see E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial or Return of the Jedi in theaters as a child, and been told that the universe was just teeming with friendship, magic and races…

Dying the American Way

We have a real problem with guns in this country, and it will not be fixed with thoughts and prayers alone. Nearly 600 people were injured and 59 killed in Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 1, making it the largest mass shooting in America yet. One old white man with a…

Dear Spiders: My name is Bocephus Chigger, but you and your various other eight-legged friends may know me as the guy in the white and green house by the park. I am writing regarding your continued and frequent trespasses on my property. There is no use in denying it. I…

Gridiron Grind

It’s been a crazy week for the NFL. In case you’re wondering, despite all the turmoil, my fantasy team is doing just fine. I’m currently undefeated, carrying the momentum over from last season when I became my league’s first two-time champion. You might be asking yourself why you should care…

Why Are You Still Here?

Sometimes, you have to stand up for what you believe. Sometimes, you have to speak up when everyone else is wrong, no matter the consequences. Today is one of those days, and this is one of those articles. Some bands and musicians have dumped their garbage on us for years…

The Lord of the Rings

As I write this, I’m watching news footage of Hurricane Irma, a category 4 storm, tear through Florida. Such a devastating weather event would be devastating enough on its own, but coming so close on the heels of another horrible storm, Harvey, which left Houston underwater, makes Irma all the…