Patrick

Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 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.
Faith

‘Casual’ Sundays

I passed a banner hanging across a church's parking lot advertising "Casual Sundays" the same way a restaurant might advertise shrimp being added to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Apparently, putting on a tie is too much hassle for a visit to God's house. Throwing on a t-shirt and shorts isn't. In...
CrimeNews & Media

A Missing Family

I was reading the story about a young family missing for several days from their quiet town in Mississippi. Michael and Rebecca Hargon, both in their late 20's and their 4-year-old son, James Patrick, vanished on Valentine's Day from their home in Vaughan. Officially, it's a missing persons case. But...
Pet Peeves

Sonogram Pictures

Oh, the things that offend us... A writer consults "Miss Manners" today about the proper response to give someone who thrusts unsolicited sonogram photos at you with the expectation that you want to see the work-in-progress. "These photographs cause me to feel a little queasy," the writer states. Queasy? From...
FaithJournalism

Much Ado About a Movie

I was raised a Southern Baptist, and still consider myself one. I have no doubt that God is real and that he lives within me. I've watched with great interest and amusement the furor over Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ. I find it more than a little...
Entertainment

What a Tangled Web…

I love this story!! The Associated Press reports that several authors were caught redhanded over the weekend unfairly inflating the reviews of their own books and those of colleagues and friends. The glitch apparently happened on Amazon.com's Canadian website. Amazon's online book store includes reviews of books, with space for...
Tech & The Web

Spam: The Other Side?

In the Sunday paper, there's a story buried on the back page of the "Business" section. (How I ever found it, I'll never know.) Anyway, it talks about AOL's fervent battle against direct marketers who send out all that spam. Quoting the article: "Now AOL is (reportedly) offering to sell...
Hot TopicsTV & Showbiz

Another Wardrobe Malfunction?

Well, the infamous Super Bowl half-time show continues to get more press than the football game itself. Today, in Washington, a senator had something to say about it, but he wasn't addressing that “wardrobe malfunction” we're all sick of hearing about. His comments were directed at a different performer. According...
TV & Showbiz

Censorship in Prime Time

A news story caught my eye yesterday. Producer Steven Bochco is against a proposal to cut a 15-second sex scene from an episode of NYPD Blue to create a "clean version" of the show to air in other time zones. The show will air in the Eastern and Pacific time...
Fun & Laughs

She Did What?

I was scanning through the paper, getting caught up on some articles I'd missed, when I stumbled upon Dear Abby's column. I read it from time to time, to remind myself that there are people out there far more screwed up than I am. The headline caught my attention immediately:...
Journalism

‘Breaking’ News

I subscribe to a couple of E-mail services from major news organizations that alert me to breaking news when there is any to report. On January 27th, I noticed something odd in my mailbox from my friends at MSNBC and CBS News: both had sent me a "breaking news" alert...
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