Shoot Thy Neighbor

Today I’d like to talk about the disgusting appearance of Mark and Patricia McCloskey at the Republican National Convention. I know this news is almost two weeks old, but there’s been a lot of traumatic news to process recently, so forgive me if it took some time to parse and articulate my thoughts on this … More Shoot Thy Neighbor

(in defense of) Getting Excited About Kamala Harris

Last week, when Kamala Harris was announced as Biden’s VP pick, I got excited and posted the following comment on Facebook:  “KAMALA HARRIS YES YES YES! Someone get me a giant yard sign STAT!” Most of my Facebook feed was full of other super excited pro-Harris posts, but one Facebook friend was less enthusiastic. He … More (in defense of) Getting Excited About Kamala Harris

Ingrained

This morning I saw a video that brought back a memory for me. The incident in the video occurred a few days ago and is described here. In it, a white lady in a nice middle-class suburban neighborhood is calling the police on he black neighbors while continuing to argue with them. According to the … More Ingrained

2020 Oscars: Reactions and Final Thoughts

I’ve spent the past month trying to watch as many of this yea’rs Oscar nominees as possible, and to review them as I went. Here’s yesterday’s pre-awards-show wrap-up, complete with individual links to all 14 reviews: https://helgawithouttheh.com/2020/02/10/2020-oscars-overall-thoughts-and-predictions/ I didn’t get to do as much overall analysis and predicting as I’d hoped because I ran out … More 2020 Oscars: Reactions and Final Thoughts

A Story

Here’s a story about something that happened this week on NextDoor. For those who are unaware, NextDoor is a social media site that is specific to small geographic regions. The entire purpose is to create a sense of community within a neighborhood. It’s just a high-tech version of the community bulletin board. “Lost cat!” “Curb … More A Story

My Controversial Thoughts on Last Night’s Game of Thrones Finale

Look, I know a lot of people have some very strong feelings about last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. I know this last season has been thoroughly controversial. Between the dark cinematography, the clunky timing, and the disappointment of seeing our beloved characters treated as they are, is it possible to regain the trust … More My Controversial Thoughts on Last Night’s Game of Thrones Finale