Matt’s Blog

To blog or not to blog

Blogging, like other forms of writing, is advocacy.  The blogger, like the journalist and even like the novelist, is saying ‘listen to me,’ ‘see things my way.’  But it is also introspective; it’s my way of figuring out what I think, and what that means.   If I really want to think something through, I write a post.  Over the years, I have written about politics, about religion, about social issues, and about sandwiches.  I don’t flatter myself that you are here because of my expertise in any of these areas, and furthermore, it’s not an exhaustive list of my topics, because tomorrow there may be something new to figure out, or just something interesting, and I’ll write about that.  Sure there are a couple of things I’m more passionate about than others, and they’re more likely to be subjects of posts, but I don’t limit myself to writing about only one topic just as I don’t limit myself to thinking about only one thing.  This probably wasn’t much help in the ‘what’s this blog about?’ department.  I’m not even sure I know.  As I pointed out, I make no claims to expertise.  Well, except about the sandwiches.

Four dangerous words

Nicki Minaj COVID conspiracy

When I broke my hip, I went to an orthopedic surgeon.  When my drain is clogged, I call a plumber.  …

Fool us once, shame on you, fool us twice...


I don’t think there is any way of spinning the fact that the last several weeks have been difficult …

The Sunland Years

For some time now, I’ve been harboring a kindof unfocused anger; I say “unfocused” because it’s …

White After Labor Day

Pascal quote

All you have to do is hint someone might have sympathy for Nazis and you’ve pretty much called …

Serves you right

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner

I’ve been mulling this post over in my head for a few days now.  Not what I should write, but

August 13th — another Trump nothingburger


Yesterday was supposed to be a big day.  “The morning of August 13 it’ll be the talk of the world,”

We'll leave the [gas]light on for you

sexual harassment

After a months-long investigation by the office of New York attorney general Letitia James into …

I guess I’m a bad person


As a secular humanist, I believe that every human life has value; not to be too cute by half, …

An Open Letter to Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard at RRR in Fairbanks

Dear Eddie:

Let me begin by stating that I am not the type of person that writes letters to celebrities.  …

Anti-vaxxers really grind my gears


Danny Meyer, restaurateur and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, is requiring all of his …

A Slow Motion Disaster

Pacific Northwest heat wave 2021

On June 24th, 2021, at approximately 1:25 in the morning Eastern time, Champlain Towers South, …

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