Missionary Ridge Radio / Episode 4 – Keep Your Sweet Talk

mrr4Tonight’s theme: I was challenged to find a stack of country songs “where the wages of female ambition” aren’t doom and more doom, plus even more doom.

Well, you can’t really have country songs (or county-like songs) without a fair amount of impending doom, so here’s a bunch of brilliant songs by women.


Missionary Ridge Radio / Episode 3 – Hey, Jesus … It’s Me

Why are there so many (country) songs about Jesus, and whether or not He’d be our Buddy? In this episode, Missionary Ridge Radio covers a lot of theological ground, from Jesus The Capricorn to Jesus The Placekicker to The Jesus Who Lives In My Television. On either side of this devotional block, we listen to […]


Tales of the Blue Dahlia

When I was in high school, I belonged to a garage band. The second of two that’d had me as a member, this one was called Blue Dahlia. I’d come up with the name, an amalgamation of my favorite niche metal band at the time (Blue Murder) and the title of a James Ellroy true […]


Daksha Means Brilliant

He was the best boy cat. Daksha (दक्षा) is a Hindi word meaning “skillful” or “brilliant.” When he was adopted, the shelter had named him Van for his breed. Daksha was better. On his right flank was a little orange-brown spot. His Spot of Allah, as Turkish Van aficionados call it. He was very particular […]


Hey, 2013! You Get A Top Ten List!

For reasons I can’t quite recall, 2012 went out like a light and had no top ten list to show for it. Poor thing, but there’s nothing I can do. If I went back and tried to make something from nothing, 2012 would still give me that look that says, “Well, you should’ve done it […]


Some Thoughts on an Eventual Lear

From an email exchange, the heart of which was a question of just how old King Lear might or should be. Lear is not old or doddering or losing his sense, but very mindful that time is a harsh and unyielding thing. As such, it is better he divide his kingdom now when he is […]


Getting Glass

Back in February of this year, Google commenced with a kind of contest. They were seeking Explorers for their next step into the future of interactivity. This was Project Glass. To enter, you needed only to communicate in a way you were already. Via Twitter, send a message out into the ether describing just how […]


Throwback: The Reclaimed and Revisited Summeration Mix of 2008

Back in June of 2008, I went to work on a summer mix. Calling it good enough, I posted it here. Five years and a month later, I was surprised to find that particular ZIP hanging out on a mostly abandoned file sharing website. Once I remembered the password, I reclaimed that stack of tracks […]


The Very Necessary Summeration Mix for 2013

It’s here … Tracklist: Summertime (Part 1) By Sam Cooke Streakin By The Honeydrippers Right Here Human Nature Mix By SWV Remember The Time (New Jack Radio Mix) By Michael Jackson I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) By Hall & Oates Sunrise By Simply Red I Like The Way (The Kissing Game) By […]


Throwing Myself into The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Warning: This is less of a review and more of an outright attempt to process. As such, here be spoilers. And here be memories. And here be perhaps more than you bargained for. I believe Neil Gaiman to be one of our finest living authors. He is my favorite, certainly. I’ve read and enjoyed his […]