A Good Man Is Hard to Lose

A Good Man Is Hard to Lose

We put a good man in the ground last week, or at least, the shell he last inhabited. It wasn’t what it used to be, before his 94 years took their toll. He wasn’t the only good man I knew, but the only one I called Daddy, even when he no longer knew what to call me, or...
Midnight Phone Calls and Maintaining Friendships

Midnight Phone Calls and Maintaining Friendships

My great-grandmother Grandmaw Martin used to say, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” As a young man, I lived the opposite of her statement. In the witching hours, I experienced some of my most pleasurable, fool-induced joys and a series of brushes with...
Unthankful: Remembering Club Q

Unthankful: Remembering Club Q

Thanksgiving in the U.S. is just a day away, and millions of Americans will gather around tables to offer “thanks” for the many blessings bestowed upon them this past year. I will not be one of them. On Saturday, November 20, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a...
By the Way | Weeping in Church During Roll Call

By the Way | Weeping in Church During Roll Call

I wept in church recently. Didn’t see it coming, but during the refrain of “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” there it was. No one sings the old gospel songs like that anymore. Evangelicals perform what they call “praise music,” a kind of dreamy meditation that makes...