For the Love of Myths, Fast-Food Chains, and Fungible Truth: How Expressive Individualism Determines “Truth”

by John Ellis Did you know that being either right brained or left brained isn’t a thing? I mean, it’s a thing; it’s just not a real thing – it’s not a true thing. It’s a myth. A neuromyth, to be specific. Don’t tell people that, though. If you do, be aware that you do … Continue reading For the Love of Myths, Fast-Food Chains, and Fungible Truth: How Expressive Individualism Determines “Truth”

The Art(Lessness) of Manliness

by John Ellis With the help of a friend, I once installed a new toilet in the upstairs bathroom of my house. In hindsight, we should’ve asked our wives to do it; they’re both far more capable than we are. But we didn’t. They were downstairs, and would’ve been willing to do it, I’m guessing. … Continue reading The Art(Lessness) of Manliness

Critical Race Theory: Read It for Yourself

by John Ellis Of late, friends and acquaintances ask me about Critical Race Theory (CRT) more than any other single topic. I am more than happy to answer their questions and engage in dialogue about CRT as best I can. To date, though, I have yet to have a face-to-face discussion about CRT with anyone … Continue reading Critical Race Theory: Read It for Yourself

President Biden, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and High Gas Prices

by John Ellis At the gas station I frequent most often, some of the pumps have been adorned by a sticker with President Biden proudly pointing while saying, “I did that.” Situated so that Biden is gesturing towards the panel displaying how much the customer’s total cost is, the message is clear: President Biden is … Continue reading President Biden, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and High Gas Prices

Will Smith and the Oscars, Cancel Culture, and Threading the Comedic Needle

by John Ellis I don’t like Will Smith. I’m not talking about Will Smith the person; I’ve never met him. I don’t like Will Smith the persona. During interviews, he comes across as acting to me, and not very good acting, at that. To be sure, Will Smith is undeniably a good actor when playing … Continue reading Will Smith and the Oscars, Cancel Culture, and Threading the Comedic Needle

The Deceit of Ted Cruz (and the Republican Party)

by John Ellis Ted Cruz is either a liar or an idiot. That’s a bold accusation, I realize, but I believe, as demonstrated below, that the charge is justified. Normally, I pay as little attention as possible to Ted Cruz. I also haven’t been paying close attention to the confirmation hearings for President Biden’s SCOTUS … Continue reading The Deceit of Ted Cruz (and the Republican Party)

Reading Genesis (Chapters 1 and 2) After the Scientific Revolution

by John Ellis During his time as the Poet Laureate of the United States (2001-2003), Billy Collins created Poetry 180, a program designed to encourage high schoolers to engage poetry both meaningfully and enjoyably. In the introduction to the poetry anthology Collins compiled as a companion piece for the program, he offers a warning to … Continue reading Reading Genesis (Chapters 1 and 2) After the Scientific Revolution

The Whitney Plantation: Learning Hard, Yet Important, Truths About America

by John Ellis As much as I love New Orleans – the food, music, culture, interesting people, legally drinking a hurricane while walking around town – for me, the highlight of my family’s current spring break vacation in the Big Easy happens today. In a few short hours, my wife, kids, and I will tour … Continue reading The Whitney Plantation: Learning Hard, Yet Important, Truths About America

What Does WWI Have to Do With the (Sinful) Invasion of Ukraine? Quite a Bit

by John Ellis Towards the end of February (2022), I composed a long Facebook post in which I accused the West of some measure of culpability in the current tragic (and sinful) invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s Russia.[1] In that post, I wrote, “As loathsome as Putin and his actions are, the West is culpable … Continue reading What Does WWI Have to Do With the (Sinful) Invasion of Ukraine? Quite a Bit

COVID at Two Years of Age: Charting a Path Forward for Followers of King Jesus

by John Ellis Standing on the Cady Way Trail’s walking bridge spanning Semoran Blvd, I watched the cars streaming under me and thought, “Are we ready for what’s about to happen?” It was mid-March of 2020, and COVID’s effects were already starting to ripple out. The news out of Italy was horrendous, but distant. The … Continue reading COVID at Two Years of Age: Charting a Path Forward for Followers of King Jesus