Public Service...or Censorship?


The Motion Picture Association of America’s movie-rating system just turned 50. As many movies as I’ve seen, perhaps I ought to feel nostalgic about this milestone.

But in the 1980s, I also rated movies, as a member of the Motion Picture Classification Board for the City of Dallas, Texas.

The Orchid Graveyard


Halloween seems to be an appropriate time to admit that I’ve killed a few Draculas.

Suspicious Packages

As federal investigators and the U.S. Postal Service scramble to figure out who is responsible for sending those pipe bombs to multiple Democratic leaders and backers, I’m rooting for a speedy arrest in the case.

My brother and sister-in-law work for the Postal Service, both behind the scenes in places where they’d be likely to encounter such a “problem package” if it came through their mail-handling facilities.

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