I write because I can’t sleep.

Sometimes I can't get things off my mind and they keep me up at night. Here are some things I've wanted to stop thinking about....

The Rittenhouse Verdicts Are Correct, Even if I Don’t Like It

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Why the Kenosha shooting jury got it right … Before I proceed to tick off a lot of people I agree with politically while garnering attaboys from some folks I think are dead wrong about pretty much everything, there are three points I need to make clear. First, I’m a liberal. I’m not here cheering […]

What It’s Like To Be Mugged by a Junkie

By Paul Thomas Zenki

I guess it could have been worse … I wish I’d bought the damn shoes. I had an extra fifty bucks on me because I couldn’t decide on some shoes before I had to get to work. This was in Madrid back in the 1980s. I’d take the train out to Móstoles, a suburb on […]

If God Were a Human Father We’d Jail His Ass

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Transcript from deposition, Humanity v. God … Plaintiffs’ Attorney: Please state your name. Defendant: Yahweh PA: Age? D: Eternal PA: Occupation? D: Almighty God PA: And you also go by the alias Heavenly Father? D: Sure. PA: Mr. Yahweh — D: No mister. PA: Beg pardon? D: No “mister.” Just Yahweh. PA: OK then, “Yahweh,” […]

How Habits Can Make Idiots of Us All

By Paul Thomas Zenki

The “power of habit” works both ways, unfortunately … Years ago I heard of an experiment supposedly performed at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta. What they did, so the story goes, was to put a scaffold in the chimpanzees’ rec room with an enormous bunch of grapes perched on top. Apes, in case […]

Squid Game’s Hidden Slam of Christianity, Uncovered

By Paul Thomas Zenki

The counter-Christian game within the counter-capitalist game … Note: Spoilers out the wazoo The 2021 Korean mini-series Squid Game may be the most pointed critique of capitalism this century has yet produced. It’s certainly the most popular. In the squidverse, a handful of pointlessly wealthy, cartoonishly decadent patriarchs lord it over a caste of faceless […]

Why We Must Forgive Racism

By Paul Thomas Zenki

If we deny redemption, we’re all damned … You may have heard of Daryl Davis. He’s a black guy who hangs out with Klansmen. Not because he’s sympathetic to the Klan, but because he believes at least some of them can change their ways. He says once the friendship blossoms, the Klansmen realize that their […]

The Real Secret to Non-Stick Cast Iron

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Think 2 words: hot and thin … Both my grandmothers lived into their early nineties and cooked with cast iron into their eighties. My mother still uses her pans in her eighties. My father did until he couldn’t get around the kitchen anymore. I inherited three cast iron pans from my grandparents  —  a flat […]

Keith Richards Called Sgt. Pepper’s “a Mishmash of Rubbish” — He Was Right

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Sgt. Pepper’s is still iconic, but Keith has a point … Perhaps it was the North Carolina summer heat that loosened him up. It certainly wasn’t the marijuana. June 30th, 2015, was a real paint-peeler in Durham, NC. Thermometers pegged out at 91° (33°C) and the humidity outside was an equally oppressive 91% as Rolling […]

Florida Man Explains Why Florida Is Bat**** Insane

By Paul Thomas Zenki

It’s not the heat, it’s not the humidity, it’s the people … Back around 1990, some friends and I had a habit of strolling over to the Red Lion pool hall to watch America’s Most Wanted and count how often our state came up. If the number was ever zero, I don’t recall it. Yes, […]

Yes, Opting Out of Vaccines Should Cost You Your “Rights”

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Fairness demands that anti-vaxxers be ostracized … Go around telling people you are all that matters and they don’t, and you can expect to be a social pariah. Because you chose to be. Yet millions of Americans are now telling their compatriots that their own comfort and convenience matter more than everyone else’s health and […]