rump speaking in July, 2021. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

There is a running joke on social media that the worst thing that can happen is for someone you can’t stand to be right, since that would require — according to the Uniform Code Of Interneting — that you react to that person you can’t stand and the thing they…

Travis McMichael and Greg Michael with their respective counsels signing paperwork after being sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery (Court Provided Footage)

“Lawyers and legal scholars have not gone out of their way to make the law accessible to the ordinary person” wrote Jay Feinman in the opening to his Law 101 book. …

Like Langston Hughes once famously wrote:

“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a physical QWERTY message unsent…”

Or something:

You soon won’t be able to use that old BlackBerry phone sitting at the bottom of your drawer somewhere.

Starting…

Photo used via Creative Commons license courtesy Paxson Woelber, The Alaska Landmine

A thing was said.

That’s it. That’s the tweet. The Facebook post. The lower third graphic on the newscast. The keyword for SEO on written pieces online. The buzzword that will now be inserted into future conversations so that the right kind of people know you are talking the right…

Waffle House, Allentown, PA. Photo by Atwngirl, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

To fully appreciate Waffle House, one must come at it not as a restaurant, but as a sort of triage between work and home, the road and rest, hunger and fulfilment. Reviewing a restaurant brings standards and expectation, and a built-in judgement that however justified in the abstract is uncalled…

President Biden and VP Harris in the Oval Office under a portrait of FDR, March 21, 2021. Photo by The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Democracy might die in the dark, but in the meantime, the self-styled “world’s greatest deliberative body” finally adjourned their work for the year in the darkness of 4 in the morning Saturday. The gaveling of the end rather felt like a mercy killing to the long-terminal but artificially and hopefully…

Photo of Meridian 16 Cinema, downtown Seattle. 2012 by Sea Turtle on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Just so you can emotionally prepare yourself for the words that are to come, I’m fully embracing my neo-curmudgeon for the remainder of this here topic of going to the movies. It isn’t that I don’t love movies, for I certainly do. I pepper everything from my everyday conversations to…

Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) on a balcony outside his Minority Leader’s office at the U.S. Capitol

It took social media mere moments from the announcement of Bob Dole’s death to do what social media does best: folks doing whatever they wanted to do anyway, but spinning breaking news as their latest excuse for it. In the case of high-profile political figures who pass away, the well-worn…

Promotional image from “The Chose” (Angel Studios)

Way back in 1965, George Stevens took the Biblical story of Jesus to the big screen, and the ensuing film The Greatest Story Ever Told became something of a Hollywood legend for the very earthly reasons of it’s budget. One of the most expensive movies ever shot in the United…

Dome of the West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston, WV. Photo by Judson McCranie, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

For folks who haven’t had the pleasure of working/dealing with the federal government on budgetary matters, there is a term for certain kinds of funding commonly referred to as “use or lose” money. Funding that for various reasons, from statutory to the government practice of making sure you spend your…

Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Vet. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag, Writings found @arcdigi & elsewhere. Writing about food, folks, & faith at Yonder & Home

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