GRIM TIDINGS from the FIRST ISLE

GRIM TIDINGS from the FIRST ISLE -- mine LORD OF FOUR BERRIES, TACTLESS of the FIRST ISLE, hath struck again. It began with a MURDER… the name of these poor victims? They TWO were both known as the JOHNS, though they went by other names: the LOO, the HEAD, the PRIVY… and most formally, the … Continue reading GRIM TIDINGS from the FIRST ISLE

DO WE DARE ASK?

Back in the 1970’s “All in the Family” was the leading situation comedy in the nation.  The program flourished in the wake of the civil rights movement. You can still see reruns on television.  Archie Bunker was its main protagonist and America laughed at all of his flaws, his narrow-mindedness, and arrogance.  We laughed at his irrational logic and America laughed and cried at the man’s bigotry. Archie Bunker had created his own reality, created in his image.

BEASTS IN THE BARRACKS

Few know that I spent four years behind bars.  No, I wasn’t a bartender, nor was I a criminal.  I was a Citadel cadet, attending the military college of South Carolina, where they locked us up at night. Ground floor room windows had bars, and each barracks’ iron gates safely secured five hundred men each … Continue reading BEASTS IN THE BARRACKS

LET THERE BE PEACE!

It was the Sunday before Christmas and a precocious four-year-old boy, attending Sunday school class, told his teacher, “There are some poor kids next to us who have no daddy, no toys and no aunt Jane.”  The young Sunday school teacher felt that she had identified a teachable moment. She seized the opportunity and asked … Continue reading LET THERE BE PEACE!

In Your Dreams

And so, the story goes that the young missionary living in a land far, far away was daydreaming. In his daydream state, he was imagining what a meeting would be like with the chief of a cannibal tribe that he was planning to visit that week.  He imagined asking the cannibal chief: “Do you people … Continue reading In Your Dreams