A Baby Changes Everything

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Remarkably, the biggest change at the Gradin household is simply in our perception. There are all sorts of things that change when a new child is born into your family. Your free time dries up, your bank account empties, you become more selfless. But when you already have an older child, the […]

The Guerrilla Tipster

Friday, October 26th, 2007

The Guerrilla Tipster invokes his mighty right, passed down by the hands of the gods, to assert wisdom upon the unwitting.
Today I find the signature of the Guerrilla Tipster upon the windshield of a car in the Barnes and Noble parking lot of Duluth:
LEARN HOW TO PARK DUMB SHIT!!
The words are poignant. I only […]

Equifax Customer Service is Just Lip Service

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

In an attempt to make some mid-year resolutions, I am trying to be more diligent about managing finances and monitoring things like my credit report. I wasn’t the victim of an identity theft crime, but then again, how would I know? I just decided that I should take an active interest in things […]

Emily Yoffe Learns ‘The Secret’

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Emily Yoffe at Slate.com recently wrote a piece for the Human Guinea Pig column regarding The Secret. I haven’t read the book myself, but I did read The Power of Intention which I am to understand is a similar concept. Emily retells her two month account of following the book’s advice and finds […]

Atlanta Trying for Bible Studies in the Classroom

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

The Atlanta Board of Education has a vote at its door to include two new classes in its optional curriculum. The key word here is “optional.” The classes proposed are “History of the Old Testament Era” and “Literature and History of the New Testament Era.” I don’t like the sound of those […]

On the Polls: Occult Practices in Gainesville

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

The face of reason and sober judgment for Gainesville and Hall County is that of Wanda Kuehn. Hers is the path of light; to keep Hell’s demons at bay. Dabblers in Satanic worship can be known by their fortunetelling, long hair, and rock and roll music.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill […]

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

If you’re about to do your first set of 4-wheel disc brakes, read this first! I’ll save you some frustration and a sore hand.
My 2005 Mazda3 was up for new brakes and that’s the kind of work I will do myself. What I didn’t realize was that rear wheel disc brakes involve some […]

‘Twas the Night Before Yule

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

‘Twas the night before Yule, when all ‘cross the heath,
not a being was stirring; Pagan, faerie, or beast.
Wassail was left out & the alter adorned,
to rejoice that the Sun King would soon be reborn.
The children lay sleeping by the warmth of the hearth,
their dreams filled with visions of belov’d Mother Earth.
M’lady & I beneath blankets […]

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

We were quite suddenly frightened tonight when we arrived home from dinner to find our sleeping son’s finger had turned mostly black. While he drifted into sleep in his car seat, he had been playing with a Beanie Baby elephant. While doing that, he had apparently worked his finger into the label loop […]

Gainesville Closes Door to the Occult

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Sec. 6-9-6. Fortunetellers, clairvoyants and the like banned; advertising prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to practice for pay, advertise, or distribute advertising, for the occupation of being a fortuneteller, palmist, clairvoyant, phrenologist, reader of spiritualism, astrologer, or any occupation by whatever name called, professing ability to foretell future events by any means whatever, […]