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51. greetings, past
living a moment of forgiveness and murder
general - discussion
12.29.06 : feature column!

I was framed for stealing three weeks before Christmas, 1984. And all along, you think I laugh because I grew up as the tall, popular, cheerleader type. I wasn’t meant for a paper mill town. That’s not because it wasn’t right for me: I wasn’t right for it. I wasn’t supposed to marry any of the sincere ball-capped boys I flirted with, those who all called the main woman in their lives “Momma”. I wasn’t supposed to sweep sandy loam and pine needles from my front steps and serve coffee to a Bap...
52. thankful, part two
and the list continues
general - appreciation
11.29.06 : feature column!

I’m thankful to those who hold the hug a little longer than I do. I’m thankful the condition wasn’t as serious as it could have been. I’m thankful I was once a corn detassler, a house cleaner and a breakfast waitress, because now I truly appreciate what working hard really is. Some support families with these jobs. I’m thankful to the entire crew at Pixar for making me laugh like a child every time. I’m thankful that the “hand” of friends is now two hands and possibly three toes. I’m th...
53. are you dead, ma'am?
living it up as a zombie extra
film - process
10.30.06 : feature column!

1 EXT. WINDSOR HEIGHTS FIRE STATION Armed civilians spray the parking lot with gunfire as bodies emerge from the shadows. The civilians are surrounded by moans and snarls. They try to aim higher, at the heads of those approaching, and their targets contort and stagger to the ground. CIVILIAN ONE (yelling, waving automatic machine gun around) Dammit! We’ve got to get out of here! CIVILIAN TWO But I can’t find Jim -– where’d he go? CIVILIAN ONE I thought –- oh my God! He’s surrounded! They...
54. i guess i’m going to hell
having a gay old time in school
news - discussion
9.27.06 : feature column!

This column will talk about profanity, violence, homosexuality and religion. So stop reading now if you don’t want to be offended, because my already piggy-stuffed inbox can’t handle any more mail and frankly, I don’t even have the time to blink and ignore you if you write something inane and hateful. There’s been intensive news coverage lately of a situation at Valley High School in West Des Moines, IA. No, there hasn’t been a slaying of students or a major drug bust or lewd teacher-student ...
55. life in these alpha times
caught red-handed playing with my words
humor - general
8.30.06 : feature column!

Whether you’re -- a Sniglet lover: Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of obtaining sex. a Spoonerism/Copular Pulture fan: “chipping the flannel” = flipping the channel. a Washington Post Style Invitational devotee: Patient and patent: Drug companies will wring every penny out of each one before it expires. (Ben Aronin, White Plains, N.Y.) or a Balderdash champion: That would be me. I gots the mad skillz, baby -- one thing is obvious: you like to play with word...
56. chords of commodity
the commercial business of music and product marketing
music - discussion
7.31.06 : feature column!

As a commercial producer, I know the intrinsic value of pairing good music with appropriate words and images. There have been more than a few times when co-workers slipped food under the production room door as the mad scientist in me sampled a mere hundred slips of music and promo zings or, in a fit of creative despair, cobbled together a Frankensteinian music bed from Georgian chants, jungle sounds and a ripe drumbeat from an old disco album. All for a 30-second unfinished furniture store’s ...
57. size apparently does matter
getting away with a little criminal activity
news - criticism
6.21.06 : feature column!

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska’s attorney general is promising to appeal a probation sentence given to a short man. The judge decided that the man, at five-foot-one, could not survive in prison. Richard Thompson could have faced ten years in prison for sexually assaulting a child. The judge told him the crime deserves a long time behind bars, but that Thompson was too small to survive in a state prison. He got ten years’ probation instead. The ruling infuriated advocates for crime victims. But sup...
58. give a little, get a lot
how to benefit from workshopping and others’ opinions
general - improvement
5.29.06 : feature column!

I’m not a know-it-all, but what I know, I know. For example, I know that I’m one of the few who not only gives good constructive criticism, but also accepts it well. This skill has developed through years of practice and observation. The keyword here is constructive. If you’re any kind of Artist, you’re constantly building something. Ideas are always in motion. Inspiration is a mere beat of a gnat’s wing away. When the time comes to present your current development to others -– and you’ll kn...
59. tick tick boom
hey baby boomer, get offa my cloud
pop culture - criticism
4.28.06 : feature column!

Early one morning, I paused on a home shopping channel. Normally this would be akin to my skinning a kitten, but when I saw the close-up of the handcrafted John Lennon “Imagine” pendant, I became curious. The jeweler waxed poetic about Lennon's dream of peace and how wearing this pendant promotes harmony and love…all for three easy payments of only $39.95 in the next 49 seconds! That, right there, is exactly how the Baby Boomers have ruined it for everyone else. The John Lennon estate made...
60. fire on the cross
lifting fred phelps’ hood of hatred
news - criticism
3.29.06 : feature column!

Reverend and disbarred lawyer Fred Phelps and his congregation-of-extended-family at the Westboro Baptist Church have soaked up much of the spotlight lately over their funeral protests and the proposed U.S. legislation by 25 states banning such assembly. Phelps is indignant, stating it’s the content of the protests that's being criticized: content communicated within not only his rights under federal law, but also his God-given rights; that legislators are just vote pandering, which is something...
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re: guns don't kill people....

A flawless piece written in record time. Awesome!

re: god for president 2012

Damn straight.

re: god for president 2012

I vote you to be God's next press secretary. Just sayin'.

re: god for president 2012


re: irrussistible

Just an incredible job capturing what Russ was about. Thank you.

re: irrussistible

Russ is smiling!

re: irrussistible

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man gone too soon. Thank you so much for writing and sharing with us.

re: irrussistible

Not really sure that a critique here is necessary. Nice job.

re: irrussistible

Lovely. Absolutely lovely.

re: tune out to tune in

Very thought provoking and well argued, but I'm not sure this CNN junkie can break the addiction. I know I -do- feel better when I take a break from current events but can't seem to resist.

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