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God’s Hot Mess

I think about obituaries more than many in my wide-circle of friends do.

This isn’t some age-oriented obsession, I’ve collected obits for years. People mail them to me from all over. So perhaps it isn’t surprising that when I learned that Reince Priebus had been fired, the first thing I thought about was how his obit would read: “Shortest serving Chief of Staff in White House history.”

Of course, Anthony Scaramucci’s obit will now read: “Shortest-serving Communications Director in White House history.” read more

Trump: A Cult Personality


Jerry Falwell Sr. & Rev. Moon

Donald Trump is more than just a president. Trump is the leader of a cult.

This cult worships Trump above all other gods, and Trump likes it that way. He prefers it that way.

I have studied cults since I was an undergraduate at Oregon State University. Back then, the biggest cult on the West Coast was the Moonies. Remember them? They were (are) followers of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Much like Trump, Moon was a political as well as a religious leader. Americans found Moon particularly appealing because of his outspoken opposition to communism and his embracing democracy as a divine path toward establishing the Kingdom of God. read more

Powerball & the Poet

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What will you do with this one wild life of yours? the poet asked.

Not spend one second of it standing in line to buy a Powerball ticket, the old woman replied.

But what if you won, what would you do with it? the novice asked.

Why? Did you buy a ticket?

No, the novice rued.

Well, what would you do, if you had won? the old woman inquired.  While money didn’t interest her, the imaginings always had.

Go to Hawaii, said he.

Shop, said she. Where is the largest mall?

In Canada, another chimed in. I’ve been. read more

Hauling water

One of my girlfriends went camping over Labor Day. Not necessarily a big deal. Lots of people camp. Only she was camping the old-fashioned way — bag on the ground.

It had been a while since my girlfriend camped. It had been awhile since she had to crawl around on all fours that way. There was one other thing she forgot about — bathrooms and how the need for them has increased with age.

We have three bathrooms in our home. For two people.  There are two showers. Two tubs. Three johns.

We have four faucets with running water. There’s a water filter, newly replaced, on the kitche faucet and there’s even a water cooler in the corner because I’m suspect of the local water so we get the big tub of bottled water. And we had oodles of bottled water on the shelves in the garage. Mostly leftovers from driving trips. read more