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Why I Prefer Online Conversations

This N.Y. Times opinion piece is just the most recent example of grumpy people complaining that texting or online conversation is hurting the way we interact with others. “What happened to good old fashioned face-to-face conversations?” they all seem to ask, in whiny little voices. Grumbling about the quality of online conversations is as old[…]

Why I ‘Friended’ You

(Note: I really wish I had finished this entry before this weekend’s Trump revelations. I don’t want anyone to think this is about that. I’ve been working on this entry for months.) Using my only superpower: Overthinking (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve wanted to write about “why I unfriended you” for so[…]

Remarkably Different; Nearly Identical

I can’t select just one “favorite” photo of my Dad, but this one among them. (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) The thought floating in my brain this Father’s Day (my sixth as a father) is how different my fatherhood is from my Dad’s fatherhood. While my Dad’s primary role during my childhood was[…]

What’s The Big Deal About Child Marriage In Islam?

I had fully intended this morning to blog about last night’s Democratic Debate, but as I searched out news on it, I became distracted by a story in international news that doesn’t seem to be getting the attention it probably should. Headline: Pakistan Bill Aiming To Ban Child Marriages Shot Down As ‘Anti-Islamic’ And ‘Blasphemous’[…]

Thoughts On Friendship

Categories: Personal, Relationships
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Published on: 2015.12.23

Telling a story to my friend Wesley. We first met in 1988. (Copyright © 2007 by Marline Fry.) A while back, I read a nice post (click here to read it) on the topic of “what I want in a friendship”. My cousin-in-law wrote tenderly about being comfortable with someone, avoiding gossip, being “refreshed” after[…]

Huckabee Is Right For Once

Preacher and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been wrong on so many points it’s difficult to keep track, but he shouldn’t be butchered when he’s correct, as he was this morning when interviewed by CNN. “Regardless, heterosexual marriage is largely in trouble today because people see it as a selfish means of pleasing self, rather[…]

Imaginationland Versus Real Life, Regarding Marriage Equality

Seminole County, Okla. (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) I’m tempted to believe that “news” sites like The Blaze are written by liberal trolls trying to make conservatives look bad. People can’t actually believe this stuff, can they? An example is this piece from a few days ago: “Gay Marriage Still Doesn’t Exist, No[…]

Oh To Be Middle-Aged, And In Love

Categories: Personal, Relationships
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Published on: 2015.02.14

Dec. 10, 1994: Skinny Wil and Young Margy (Copyright © 1994 by William R. Fry. All Rights Reserved.)   No one says they want to be “middle-aged and in love”. The phrase specifically mentions “young”. I don’t know why. I can’t understand why. I’m middle-aged, and in love, and I like it that way. Twenty[…]

10 ‘Reasons’ To Outlaw Gay Marriage

Will gay marriage affect you? (Copyright © 2009 by David Goehring.) Over the past couple of years, as same-sex marriage has become legal in an growing number of U.S. states, I’ve followed the news on it with curiosity — not because I’m gay (I’m not), but because I can’t see what all the fuss is[…]

‘Scandal’ Keeps Lying To You About Love

Categories: Relationships, Television
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Published on: 2014.11.03

I do enjoy ABC’s show “Scandal” (starring Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn) — mainly because it presents the secret workings of the White House and U.S. government in general in such a dark-yet-incompetent light that I can’t help but refuse to believe it. But one of the main threads of the show’s plot from the[…]

How Many Black (Or White) ‘Friends’ Do You Have?

Categories: InTheNews, Relationships
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Published on: 2014.09.01

According to a recent Washington Post article, we white people don’t have as many black friends as we say we do. First, it’s important to note that the article cites a study that doesn’t quantify how many “friends” anyone has, but rather studies the “people with whom they had ‘discussed important matters’ in the past[…]

Media Could Be A Bit More Careful When Reporting Studies

Categories: InTheNews, Relationships
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Published on: 2014.09.01

A few days ago, this Washington Post article made the claim: “…when we talk about race in our personal lives, we are by and large discussing it with people who look like us.” Citing a recent study by PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), the Post author said: “…the average black person’s friend network is eight[…]

From My Journal: Early Environmental Tendencies

As far as I know, the first mention of environmental issues in my journal is from 1991. It was Monday, August 19, during a “Back To School Retreat” in Corpus Christi, Texas, with the youth group from my church. Not long after arriving at our hotel, a bunch of us went to the beach, but[…]

Which Religion Advocates Denying Services To Gays?

I’ll keep this one relatively short; it’s just a question. Is there a religion that says its members must/should deny goods or services to homosexuals (or anyone else)? This question arises from the (now-vetoed) bill in Arizona, which would have granted the legal right for businesspersons to deny service to a gay couple if they[…]

Reality TV: What Should Have Been A Passing Fad (Or A Learning Tool)

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Published on: 2013.10.27

Reality television: an interesting experiment in entertainment. Watching handfuls of people put into unlikely situations and watched by cameras from every angle without scripts. It should have lasted a couple of seasons. We should have been sardonically interested, morbidly curious.

‘It Still Haunts Me’ (Journal, 1995)

Categories: Nostalgia, Relationships
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Published on: 2013.08.17

From my journal, Aug. 8, 1995: “When I got back… everyone was still awake. I was waiting for them to go to sleep, so I could leave, and then I remembered [her] face when she was pleading with me not to go. The look of love on her face held me. And it still haunts[…]

The Home Depot Supports Gay Rights

I never would have known that The Home Depot supports gay rights without the uber-conservative American Family Association’s daily radio program. AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country (according to its website). One of their programs plays on a local station here; I sometimes listen to it as an exercise in[…]

Keeping Secrets

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Published on: 2013.02.23

In one of the photography forums I frequent, this question arose: Is it just me, or does anyone else keep secrets from their loved ones when purchasing camera equipment? … I have occasionally bought … without saying anything (because they look very similar, so I guessed she wouldnt know the difference). Occasionally I also lie[…]

Poems Chart 2001 (from my journals)

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Published on: 2013.01.25

Things you should know about me: I like charts. I’ve always like charts and comparing numbers and trends. The results don’t have to show anything; just the act of creating/reading charts is fun for me. In 2001, after a few years of intense poetry writing, I made the following chart, in a half-hearted attempt to[…]

Meeting Her…. Or Him

Categories: Relationships
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Published on: 2005.08.08

The method by which a man and a woman meet has changed, imperceptibly, over the centuries. I guess it wasn’t difficult in pre-historic times, when a tribe/clan/family had only a few dozen members. When a male was born, it was pretty much predetermined with which female he would eventually be partnered. Occasionally, the small pack[…]

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