Into the Wilderness

March 28, 2017 at 9:02 am

One of my fondest memories is a journey my wife and I took together just weeks after our wedding, backpacking across the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. On the morning of our second day we woke early and stepped out from under our tarp to meet a morning breaking […]

DELAYED

March 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

I was trapped in the Atlanta airport last week during a sudden Nor’ Easter that crashed into the coast. Hours later, I was trapped in Charlotte. Arriving in Austin the next morning, I was delayed for two more hours at the car rental counter before collapsing into a cheap hotel […]

Hide and Seek

February 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm

From time to time, I am prone to hiding. I suppose in one way or another, we all are. When we feel weak, afraid, tired or insecure, we each have a way of closing down the hardness of the outside world, to shut out the lights or the sounds or […]

Ashley Madison & the Suicide of Dr. John Gibson

September 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Two men, two betrayals, and two very different endings. Judas is greedy for thirty pieces of silver and sells out his friend to the awaiting authorities with an insincere kiss on a cheek. Peter waits in the darkening courtyard and calls down curses from heaven as he denies any knowledge […]

Fear of Failure

August 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

In June of 1970, Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no hitter. There have been some 250 such events in the modern era of baseball, but few have matched the unique performance of Ellis that day because Dock was high-as-a-kite, tripping on LSD. Ellis’s struggle with substance abuse is well […]

The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

June 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  Like racism and police brutality, the public failure of megachurch pastors is an unfortunately common theme in the media these days. The most recent tale surfaced after the resignation of Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida following his confession of an extramarital affair. Like all failure, both […]

“You’re My Sin-Eater”

May 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm

“I am a sin-eater. I absorb the misdeeds of others, darkening my soul to keep theirs pure.” So confesses Raymond Reddington (played by James Spader) in the season two finale of the NBC show Blacklist. For those already devoted to the series, this piece will offer no spoilers. For those […]

My Enemy, My Brother

May 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm

“Right away he changed into a human, not an enemy, not a killer…an angel coming to me and coming with me in the bunker.” – Najah Aboud, My Enemy, My Brother Ann Shin has begun to work on a new documentary that traces the story of two sworn enemies who save […]

Perspective

May 3, 2015 at 2:58 am

Last night I spent a sleepless night in a mediocre motel. The parking lot outside was full of fishing boats and the rooms were equally packed with their owners. My meals throughout the day consisted of trail-bars and energy drinks as I slogged my way through fours hours of midday traffic in […]

Not Guilty

April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

  In the summer of July, 2012 I packed into a minivan with two friends who were willing to endure over six hours of cinematic madness with me. It was the opening night of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the finale to Christopher Nolan’s wildly successful trilogy centering on the iconic […]