Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.

Marine Gives ‘Em the Finger!

When I first heard this story, I honestly thought it was the setup for some kind of joke: A Marine wounded in Iraq is being treated by physicians. They tell him that they have to cut his wedding band to treat his badly damaged finger. He tells them that he...

More on the Death Penalty

I wanted to respond to a few of the comments and E-mails I have received about the death penalty entry. A friend E-mailed me to remind me that after the Bible's first recorded murder, God punished Cain for the death of his brother, Able, not by putting him to death...

Death Sentence

The Scott Peterson jury has recommended the death penalty for the convicted killer. This, of course, has renewed debate about the death penalty, its effectiveness as a deterrent to crime, and its place in our society. I do support the death penalty. I don't see the death penalty as society...

A Dubious Honor

You've written your novel and it's published. Then you learn that you've won an award. How good can it get? Wait a'd better have a look at that invitation before you accept! American author and journalist Tom Wolfe won an award that's not exactly a mark of prestige in...
TV & Showbiz

Happy Birthday, Bob!

One of my heroes in the world of television, one of those people I watched while growing up that convinced me how much fun television can be, is celebrating a birthday today. Legendary host and animal rights activist Bob Barker is 81 today. I can only hope that when I'm...
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Saturday 6

Saturday Six – Episode 35

It's time for another edition of the Saturday Six. And I warn you up front: this week's Reader's Choice question is a quite a thinker! The ever-popular Scott, who some of you have dubbed a "hottie," (yeah, he'll get me for that!) got his answer posted first! But take a...
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Wristband Red Flags

Feeling under the weather? Then you'd better remove that rubber bracelet...just in case. They come in a wide selection of colors, but the most famous is the Lance Armstrong "LiveStrong" yellow bracelets. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has sold 28 million in 60 countries. But there are plenty of others choices,...

A Good Beginning

"I always thought I had a fairly normal childhood, until I found out my parents weren't who I thought they were."The opening line sounds like a classic beginning to a suspense, horror or mystery novel. It's actually the first line of an autobiography by 79-year-old Essie Mae Washington Williams, the...

Fairness in the Blogosphere

I call it being fair.When I have had a dispute with a fellow journal writer, I have printed their words and responded to them. Unlike some others in J-Land, I think it's important that readers who are going to involve themselves (even in a spectator fashion) in a dispute should...

Step Away From the Computer!!

Technology experts warn that it's a good idea to "unplug" yourself from your computer from time to time and get away from the constant web surfing that is rapidly becoming a way of life for more and more of us.Two psychologists say that they're noticing that more and more people...

Rubber Reports

Earlier, I reported that a recent survey showed that most Germans wear the wrong size condoms. Reuters, unquestionably suffering from a string of slow news days, has done more investigative reporting and come up with another startling fact about Germans: given the choice of having more money or more sex,...
TV & Showbiz

‘Oldest Teenager’ Suffers Stroke

Legendary host and producer Dick Clark has suffered a mild stroke, according to the Associated Press. Clark, 75, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles, but his publicist gave few details. He has been scheduled to host ABC's "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve" and "Dick Clark New Year's Rockin'...

The King of Cheese

What's the most cheesy movie line you've ever heard? That was the question a British baker asked of customers as part of a promotion for the launch of their new cheese-flavored crumpets.Topping the list was Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm the king of the world!" from Titanic. The rest of the list,...
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