Category Archives: Popular Culture

Social Media, Milkshakes, and Life After Death (Father’s Day Re-Post)

EVERY FATHER’S DAY I use this space to remember those who don’t or perhaps never had fathers. Usually I just repost this story, originally published in 1990 when I was a newspaper columnist. Today, however, I decided to reach all … Continue reading

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A Living or a Life: Preparing for the Second Grand Entry

I’M SOMETIMES ASKED WHY, back in the early ‘90s, I wrote a book on the death penalty. There were the obvious reasons, from my work as a reporter covering capital murder cases to the resurgence of executions in the United … Continue reading

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On Thanksgiving, No One Should be a Stranger — Or Alone

(The following post originally ran Nov. 21, 2007, and has become a Below the Fold holiday tradition of sorts. For those who have read it before, please pardon the repetition — and for those who are reading it for the … Continue reading

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Beware the Flying Cars of Progress (Redux)

When my sister was young – a long, long, long time ago – a teacher told her that by time she was old enough to drive, everyone would have a flying car. She did get a Ford Cobra II, but … Continue reading

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What a Social Media World Leaves Behind

There is a man – I don’t know his name – that comes to our local Starbucks every morning, pushing his walker with the tennis ball feet and flashing a gorgeous toothless smile. He orders coffee. He finds a table … Continue reading

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Risk May Lead to Failure — But at Least it Leads Somewhere

In two or three years, my brother-in-law will either be bankrupt or a millionaire. He will either profit from a complex set a business deals or go down in flames; nearly a decade of work and planning will be left … Continue reading

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Sometimes in Life, You Need to Tilt

I was never a big Elton John fan growing up. My favorite music from the ‘70s was mainly Kiss and Rush. I still believe Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is either an alien or dark wizard, since no human should be … Continue reading

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What Will Be Your One Great Thing?

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, … Continue reading

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Innovation and the Meaning of Nowhere

It’s easy to let your mind to wander while driving along the Blue Highways of Mid-Missouri, especially in the Winter. To the naked eye there is little with which to occupy your thoughts — just gray two-lane roads and thin, … Continue reading

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Eleven Things That Won’t Happen in 2011

Tis the season for predictions, prognostications, suppositions and, let’s be honest, some downright guessing about what’s in store for next year. Rather than join the fray, following are 11 things that I boldly predict will not happen in 2011: — … Continue reading

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