Does anyone benefit from Black Friday?

black friday, crowded shopping mall

I have never participated in Black Friday. At least as a customer. When I worked retail, Black Friday was exciting and fast-paced. The time went quickly, and most of the customers were already full of holiday spirit, which made it fun. They didn’t seem to mind the lines winding through the store as long as [ keep reading ]

Kanye West: Friend or foe of Jesus Christ?

Kanye West, crowd with hands raised

There are a few topics that tend to incite debate, and Christianity is definitely one of them. Even within the Christian community itself, you might find numerous interpretations and belief systems regarding the general tenets and truths of believers. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World, other people, especially fellow [ keep reading ]

Three cheers for banning applause

applause, graduation cheers with confetti

Clapping and cheering are signs of appreciation. However, applause also feeds a mob mentality. Case in point: I remember attending a high school spring musical production that was painful to watch. It was not a matter of the students being young and inexperienced on the stage. Rather, they simply did not care that they were [ keep reading ]

Hazing is everyone’s problem

hazing, laughing people with beer mugs

When I was in high school, it was tradition for the seniors to “initiate” the freshmen. This hazing included forcing us to drop to the floor in the halls when a senior passed us. We had to carry books for any seniors who could pile them into our arms. We wore whatever humiliating masks, wigs, [ keep reading ]

Will ‘National Novel Writing Month’ bring out the writer in you?

national novel writing month, fingers on old typewriter

In a matter of hours, the month of October will be over. You know what that means, right? National Novel Writing Month. On November 1, hundreds of thousands of novelists and would-be novelists across the country accept the challenge to write a novel in 30 days. To officially complete the challenge and “win,” a writer [ keep reading ]

No One Is Putting Drugs in Halloween Candy

It’s Halloween time, and all across the country kids are shining flashlights under their faces, creating eerie shadows across their features.They’re telling their friends about how 40 years ago, a couple of high school students died under mysterious circumstances. Or the story about their ghosts roaming the streets, snatching up souls as they seek revenge [ keep reading ]

Dolly Parton is a Treasure We Don’t Deserve

When I was a kid growing up in small town Saskatchewan, I remember Dolly Parton being the butt of many jokes. Her makeup was too heavy, her breasts were too big, her hair was too outrageous… She was just “too” everything. Meanwhile, she didn’t care what any of us thought and continued churning out country [ keep reading ]

Cute things that make you say ‘awwwww’

cute things, dad with baby on shoulders

There are certainly days when it seems like the world could use a lot more cuteness. I recently drove through a nearby town (I live in the woods, so  I don’t really have a town.) and every person I saw looked miserable. It almost became a source of distracted driving because I found myself scanning [ keep reading ]

It’s Better to be Lions Not Lemmings

Be lions not lemmings

In today’s society, speaking out against the trends is not a way to win popularity. If you wish to fit in, its better to either keep or peace or go with the flow. But what if the flow carries you right off the cliff? I think, if that is my choice, its preferable to be [ keep reading ]

Dying in the bathroom: Everyone has to go sometime

dying in the bathroom, girl in bathroom

I keep a volume of Billy Collins poetry next to the toilet. It has never been my habit to spend time reading in the bathroom. When I was growing up, seven of us shared a single bathroom, so leisurely reading on the toilet was out of the question. Not much changed as I became an [ keep reading ]


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