Where All ‘Good Luck’ Crickets Go To Die

Our house is on an acre of land, and we, over the past year, have discovered a plethora of wild creatures inhabiting the land around this house.

Why I Believe in God

When I was about 10 or 11, my mom and I got in the car to drive to church. Out of the blue, she told me to lock the doors. We never locked the doors, even at night. But, I did it. We came to a stoplight and a man tried to get into the car. My mom ran the red light and sped into the church parking lot. She turned around, ashen faced and asked me if I was okay. I was terrified and crying, but at least we had locked the doors.

Bible: Life Begins at First Breath

The pro-fetus brigade that is the Republican party is screaming, drooling and rabid about life beginning at conception. They get right in our face.

One: Number 31—The Fine Line Between Genius and Madness

One: Number 31 was hanging in front of me. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move, I just stood there, staring. Walking towards the painting, I stumbled.

The 10 Commandments—Republican Style

I am familiar with the Ten Commandments from those heady days in Catholic school. In addition, I was told by my ‘rents, pretty much from birth.

When We Were Twelve: The Tragic Death of Autumn Pasquale

Two brothers, one 15 and one 17, were arrested for the murder of 12-year old Autumn Pasquale. According to police, the brothers lured Autumn to their house.

The Real Reason They Are Called Deer Flies

Moving to Minnesota from Southern California at the age of 13 was an eye-opening experience. I had never seen winter in the way Minnesotans see winter.

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches

Sometimes different is wonderful. A Discovery of Witches is a marvelous book, filled with magic, history and intrigue as well as a passionate love story.

Standing up to Bullies, Grownup Style

Bullying is in the news on a daily basis. Kids and teens being bullied into depression, sometimes even pushed so far that they take their own lives. But what doesn’t make news very often is the fact that adults are bullied as well.

Felicia Garcia: Lessons We Can Learn

This past Wednesday, October 24th, 15-year old Felicia Garcia walked to the edge of a train platform and fell backwards into the path of an oncoming train, ending her young life.

Mitt, Meatloaf and ‘O Fortuna Misheard Lyrics’

Friday was music night at the Nanasi household. Our son wandered into the computer room as I was watching Meat Loaf have some sort of stroke onstage with Mitt Romney, and, because I felt really badly for the Loaf, I showed the teenager about 3 minutes of “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” His response was “Is that the same guy?” Ouch.