How to Accept (and Decline) an Invitation in the South

By Paul Thomas Zenki

In the South, etiquette is a game of chess … Lots of folks are moving to the South these days, and I’m gonna do all y’all transplants a big favor. You can thank me later. There’s a lot that goes unspoken down here, so it’s real easy to screw up and not be aware of […]

In Search of the Hysterical Jesus

By Paul Thomas Zenki

The lighter side of Jesus of Nazareth … When comedian Alan King was asked “What is the essence of Jewish humor?” he answered with a story. A guy’s having lunch at a Jewish deli. He flags down the waiter and says, “Taste the soup.” The waiter asks, “Is something wrong?” “Taste the soup.” “Is it […]

How I Taught Myself to Lucid Dream, and Lived to Regret It

By Paul Thomas Zenki

The perks and pitfalls of mindful dreaming … I was still a little boy when I became terrified of falling asleep. You see, I was being murdered in my dreams. Sometimes, my stalker was me. Looking back, I think it was the onset of an early adolescence that triggered the nightmares. My old self had […]

Five Popular Lies You Hear About Consciousness

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Neuroscience is both more and less advanced than it’s rumored to be … Aside from the eternal mystery of why reality exists at all rather than not, our own conscious awareness of it is likely the most baffling puzzle humans face. Our discoveries since the dawn of neuroscience in the mid-1800s are genuinely astounding, and […]

Why “Fish Don’t Fry in the Kitchen”

By Paul Thomas Zenki

And who grills beans anyway? … A rolling stone gathers no moss. A watched pot never boils. Fish don’t fry in the kitchen. And beans don’t burn on the grill. It is known. But wait, hold the phone a sec. Of course fish fries in the kitchen. Where else are you gonna fry it, the […]

Why a Biblical Priest Dismembered a Concubine

By Paul Thomas Zenki

And shipped the pieces all over Israel … Surely you recall the story from Sunday school: A rural priest is traveling across Israel with a member of his harem. They stop over in a town where the young woman is gang raped and beaten to death. So the priest cuts her body into a dozen […]

1st Rule of Trump Club Is: Never Stop Lying

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Because the fight is never over … Damned if I didn’t stumble across yet another article today by yet another befuddled onlooker wondering why in the hell Matt Gaetz doesn’t just hang it up and go home. Nobody likes the guy, even in his own party. And after all, it costs a person exactly nothing […]

Bet You Can’t Name Half the 10 Commandments

By Paul Thomas Zenki

No peeking, now … How much would you bet you can name at least 5 of the 10 Commandments? I’ll give you two-to-one odds. Tell you what, let’s bust it down to three. Only three. You don’t have to get them verbatim, either, the general idea is close enough. Think you can do it? OK, […]

The Epstein Murder: Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Why we often crave more than mere reality … A wealthy financier playboy, accustomed to a life of jet-setting and cavorting with young women on his own private island, is jailed for underage sex trafficking. He’s been busted before and set free, more than once. This time, he knows he’s staring at a possible life […]

This Cool Potluck Dish Takes Just 10 Minutes

By Paul Thomas Zenki

It’s tasty, healthy, good looking, and almost sinfully easy … There’s times you really want to pull out the stops for a potluck and fix that specialty dish everyone asks for — rum cake at Christmas, three-tier dip for the Super Bowl bash, hot and spicy deviled eggs for the family reunion, that sort of thing. Then […]