Eggs and Eaters: Maternity in The Mandalorian

Early in The Mandalorian Din Djarin reluctantly takes up the mantel of foster parent with “the child” (aka Baby Yoda).

While we’ve seen the Mando’s fatherly abilities tested throughout the show, episode 2:2, titled “The Passenger,” gave us an exploration of maternal instincts in the Star Wars universe.

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Anyone Can Make a Documentary

Literally anyone.

Maybe you came across a link to this documentary someone uploaded on YouTube. Some have said that the video is telling a very powerful and truthful story because it was made and posted by a doctor named Judy Mikovits. But to be honest, Judy Mikovits is a doctor in the same sense that Mike Hughes was an astronaut. Continue reading

We Almost Just Died In the Time of Covid

Yesterday my wife and I took our two boys to the river so we could have a picnic with my parents but maintain our social distancing. Because you know, Covid-19.

Here we are wading through the shallow end, skipping rocks, stacking rocks, looking for critters under rocks. It’s pretty windy outside, even among these trees by the river. Continue reading

Abortion and the Wrong Side of History

Not long ago I came across an article by Frederica Mathewes-Green in The National Review, titled “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense”.

Not only was it one of the most emotionally moving stories told by a pro-life woman that I’ve ever heard, it also had something profound to say beyond merely reinforcing the “pro-life cause.” Sadly, in America it is a cause that often finds itself bound up in hypocrisy, misogyny, and self-righteous promotion of a secluded family life that exiles the forgotten, in the name of—maybe—saving children. Continue reading

The Power Economy of Dad—published in Hippocampus Magazine

If the umbilical cord is our attachment to our mothers, it seems unfair that my relationship to my father was for so long defined by the faulty wiring of an electrical outlet in our basement.

In lieu of a post this week…

Check out my latest published essay, “The Power Economy of Dad.”

Courtesy of Hippocampus Magazine. They’ve got other cool creative nonfiction as well.

 

The Meaning of Taekwondo Belt Colors

My six-year-old does Taekwondo. Currently, the little guy is a yellow belt. He’s only been at it for a year, but he’s lasted so long, learned so much patience, focus, determination.

It wasn’t until after he earned his yellow belt that I learned the meaning behind the colors of all the belts, which are nearly uniform across many martial arts, with some variation. Continue reading