Stop Calling Me Surly

Glimpses of meth hell

Among all the drug traffickers I’ve interviewed in 30 years, the most memorable series was with a meth dealer with a moral dilemma. “I can’t do this much longer,” he said.

Editor’s Note

Cancer, Interrupted

I owe a debt of gratitude to Angelina Jolie, which is unexpected given my cynical self typically scoffs at rich Hollywood types with whom I can’t relate.

Fables of the Deconstruction


Everybody knows that times are tough. Nobody has any money, and the cost of living is climbing. The unions are getting busted, and the middle class is disappearing.

Summary of My Discontent

The poetry of Mitch McConnell

To many, U.S. Sen.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Charles Ramsey saves kidnapped women and pays for it

For the two people out there unfamiliar with the story of Charles Ramsey — he is the man credited with coming to the aid of kidnap victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight in Cl

Stop Calling Me Surly

Hosing firefighters and taxpayers

Dear Mayor Fischer:

Fables of the Deconstruction

Mellow my mind

As a writer, I recognize the importance of clarity. I try to use the simplest words to express my ideas. A recent survey of my vernacular revealed that I use the same 487 words almost exclusively.

Summary of My Discontent

I will write for you

Besides my own mom, who was an excellent mom, I had plenty of other moms when I was growing up. Across the alley, there was Tommy’s mom.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Clarity on soulful public educators

There is no more spectacular a tutorial on great teaching than Ella Fitzgerald in her element. Behold her 1979 performance of “Make Me Rainbows” on YouTube.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Love is a rose

The monster got away. I had walked up to the store out on the state road, and I was gone for a couple hours. It had never been a problem before.