Michael Thompson

Spitting Image

“She looks just like you!” That’s the usual, almost automatic response we give to any new parent holding their baby. Sometimes its only an unfounded nicety since most babies really look like, well…babies. But for our newest granddaughter its not just a nice thing to say when you first meet her. She looks like her […]

The Right Kind of Crazy

Madness. It reigned over and rained on this city just weeks before we landed this weekend at McCarran International airport. Las Vegas–affectionately dubbed “sin-city”–was shaken to its core when sin made its ugliest darkside known. A thoroughly broken man lit up this city of lights with a semi-automatic weapon, a bump stock and a cache […]

Spent Shells

Ethiopian farmers find them all the time. Spent shells. Bomb casings from past wars and conflicts litter their fields like plastic water bottles on a busy roadside. This left-over battle waste must be cleared or it serves as a hazard to the farmer’s meager equipment. Question is, “What do you do with spent shells?” These […]

Is That Your Name?

Our baby is having a baby. My wife and I can hardly believe it. That little girl we held in our arms just yesterday will soon be embracing her own little girl for the very first time. As all new parents do during the process of a pregnancy, Lauren and Chase had to choose a […]

This Is Us

This Is Us is the runaway NBC hit about a family of fairly messed-up people and how the complexity of their lives are woven together into one tapestry of imperfect love. There is an intricate plot of time hops from what made them to what they became and plenty of drama and dysfunction to go around. […]

The Chicken Or The Egg

Growing up I had never heard of “Lent”. It was a foreign concept to my low-brow spiritual upbringing. In fact all of the “church calendar” (with the notable exceptions of Easter, Christmas and Pentecost) were seen as the machinations of the elite liturgical church used to manufacture artificial spiritual experiences. Jeesh…we are a dumb lot […]

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