Make America Safe Again

I wrote this back in 2013, after Sandy Hook. I guess it’s time to repost it. Again. If you think nothing can be done about gun violence in America, think again. If you think we shouldn’t politicize this, you have to realize that this is a political problem, with a political solution. Reasonable, responsible legislation…

A Little Case of Child Molestation

His name was Rusty Pettis, he was the associate pastor at the United Methodist Church where my father was pastor, and he sexually molested me. I don’t feel scarred by the experience; there are no lasting effects so far as I can see. Sure, I’m not fond of pedophiles, but as a subset of the…

El Retardo Chino: Kids and Racism

Yesterday at his school, a 7 year-old girl called our 11 year-old son “el retardo chino.” The Chinese retard. Wow, there’s a lot going on in that little phrase, so many implications to unpack I don’t even know where to begin. There’s racism, of course, and derision of people with intellectual disabilities. There’s also casual…

Teaching Kids the Magic of Metamorphosis

Ovid opens his Metamorphoses with the line “In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora” (I intend to speak of forms changed into new entities), and that’s exactly what I intend to do today. Ovid’s metamorphoses are largely concerned with one entity changed completely into another – Diana converting Actaeon into a stag after he had the misfortune of…