Archive for April 2007

Meet Megan Chase-Truth Speakin’ Student Journalist

April 28, 2007

I checked out high school student Megan Chase’s school newspaper piece that blew up East Allen County school teacher Amy Sorrell’s career. The only thing administrators were scared of is how flimsy their logic is compared to this students’.

Here’s the article courtesy of the Indianapolis Star:

We live in a world where we grow up being taught that it is only acceptable for a boy and a girl to be together. So how do you think you would feel if as you grew older and more mature you started noticing people of the same sex as you, rather than the opposite?

I can only imagine how hard it would be to come out as homosexual in today’s society. I think it is so wrong to look down on those people, or to make fun of them, just because they have a different sexuality than you. There is nothing wrong with them or their brain; they’re just different than you. I’ve heard some people say that they think there is a cure to being homosexual. I can’t believe anyone would think that. It’s not a disease, or something that you catch from someone else; it’s something that they don’t have control over. In saying that, I also believe that homosexuality is not a choice. Almost everyone that I talk to says that a person chooses to be gay or straight. That, again, is something that I believe to be very wrong. If people made the choice to be homosexual, there wouldn’t be anyone who committed suicide because they were too afraid of what people would think of them, and kids wouldn’t be afraid of being disowned if they came out to their parents.

There is also the religious aspect to the argument, where people say that if someone is homosexual, they are automatically sent to hell. To me, that seems extremely unfair. So what are homosexual Christians supposed to do? The answer that I constantly get to that question is, “Just don’t acknowledge that they’re homosexual and live a ‘normal’ life.” Excuse me? So they’re just supposed to never find a partner, or marry someone of the opposite sex, have kids, and pretend they’re “normal?” I don’t think that’s right, or fair. I wouldn’t want to believe in something that would condemn me over something that I didn’t even choose.

It is fact that as many as 7.2 million Americans under the age of 20 are homosexual, and of those that have already come out, 28% of them felt compelled to drop out of school due to the constant verbal assault that they experienced after people found out. Now, if you think that is terrible, this is even worse: According to, every day 13 Americans from the ages of 15-24 commit suicide, and homosexual youths make up 30% of the completed suicides. I don’t understand why we would put so much pressure on those people, that they would feel that they have to end their lives because of their sexuality. Would it be so hard to just accept them as human beings who have feelings just like everyone else? Being homosexual doesn’t make a person inhuman, it makes them just a little bit different than the rest of the world. And for living in a society that tells you to always be yourself, it’s a hard price to pay.

Megan, thank you for the good you are bringing to the world. MLK, Ghandi, Jesus and other truth speakers would all tell you that the brave almost always end up in front of unjust judges before justice finally appears. I’m sure that the people who remain afraid to be who they are because of the bigotry of your school’s administration would thank you if they could.

And We Wonder Why Today’s Journalism Sucks

April 27, 2007

I have shied away from writing about political stuff lately mainly because the state of things here can depress me pretty quickly. But of all of the bigoted actions that pass for acceptable behavior, this one should be most alarming to Hoosiers:

An Indiana teacher, Amy Sorrell, has been removed from her job, suspended, and barred from teaching journalism for three years because she allowed her student paper editor to publish an opinion piece on tolerance. The article is here. They were going to fire her outright!

Hey Allen County, stupid much? I wonder what real life lessons these Indiana students are walking away with.

Blacula Meets Mug N’ Bun

April 20, 2007


Earlier this week our movie group at work finished up Blacula during a trip to Indy’s best Drive-in, Mug N’ Bun. The idea was to watch the movie while we ate, but Karen, Katie and Jim were so overwhelmed by their first trip to MNB that we didn’t get around to it during lunch.
Mug N Bun Fun
The menu alone is pretty heady stuff—where else can you get Potato Stars, two kinds of fried stuffed cheese poppers, and homemade root beer—by the plastic gallon jug—all in one place?! Jim bought me a gallon for driving (Thanks Jim!)

Mug N Bun Food
I’m a big fan of the onion rings. (Could my hands look any more girly?)

Mug N’ Bun is a good place to go if you’re in a hurry. You can pull up, turn on your headlights and a waitress will come right out to help you. We sat at the outdoor tables where to get service you push a button (the instructions say for two seconds—Jim counted them out). What is it about pushing buttons to order that I love? If I weren’t born in January I’d have my next birthday party at Mug N’ Bun—you can crank up the tunes on their outdoor juke box. In addition to having great food the staff is friendly and helpful. Our waitress brought us free bumper stickers, which I let Katie put on the Jeep.


By the time we finished eating we figured out that we’d have to watch the final 10 minutes of the movie on the way back to work. Since I was driving, Katie rode shotgun and narrated the action for me. She has Blacula memorized so she could tell me what was happenin’ based on the incidental music she could hear from the backseat.

While Mug N’ Bun is kind of the star of this post, the movie ranks right up there with The Legend of Boggy Creek in terms of 70s B-movie entertainment value. Heads up though, if you’re black, gay or female check your sensitive side at the door. The movie’s a case study of jarring stereotypes that are sad and surprisingly funny at the same time. In the end, Blackula’s bite truly is outta sight. Watch it with someone you love.

(So glad Karen had her camera handy. For more pictures of our outing, go here.)

Add A Comment on Elbow Grease

April 19, 2007

My friend Jennie posted a little something on lotions and elbows, and so far it has 24 comments!  I love that elbow dryness has struck such a universal chord,  and in fact I would like to see even MORE comments added.  Would you click over there and add one?  My goal is for hers to be the first site that Google produces when someone searches “dry elbows.” If you have a minute, would you help out?  It’s for a worthy cause.  Jennie is an excellent blogger.

Jael – A Model Remembered

April 19, 2007

Jael is off to spread her light somewhere other than the ANTM house.

I know it was her time, but when they announced she was going I was shocked to discover a Brittany-like tear rolling down my cheek. (No lie.)

I’ll always remember Jael’s wood-spritey ways, “I just wanted to leave the photoshoot and walk in the grass and touch the animals.” Now you can, Jael. Now you can.

Super Bowl of Success

April 17, 2007

Motivational Speaking

So, I said, “Look Ziglar, I’m cool with giving up my “Peyton passes to Troy” bit so you can do that cheesy “magic hands” thing you’re so in love with, but if I don’t end up next to Col. Powell you can consider me ‘motivated’ right out the door. Seriously.” But he blew me off and put me between Forbes and Bob Schuller. I said, “That’s it.  I’m done.”   They called Dungy to take my place.  Honestly, I was a little hurt Manning didn’t walk with me, but I hear he’s a huge Tom Hopkins fan, so it’s cool.  

Julie’s ANTM Redux

April 10, 2007

Dave's Beauty Shop

Julie stopped by for the night on her way back to Cleveland. She needed some cheering up so Dave, who was already coming over to watch America’s Next Top Model volunteered to play beauty shop. It was his contribution to the quest for Julie’s supreme weddin’ do. Sweet Belle’s gettin’ hitched in June (tears welling).

As Dave back-combed, 50 Cent dumped front runner for America’s Next Top Stalker, Jael in the pool. Dionne blubbered like a baby about her baby in front of Beverly Johnson who looked glamorous and stoic, like a really hot Easter Island head.

Even after a come to Jesus meeting with Tyra and the girls, Renee is still one creepy, insincere gesture away from starring in a straight-to-video remake of The Bad Seed.
Bad seed

Compared to these flibberty gibbets, Jaslene is starting to look like the president of U Mich’s Young Republicans chapter. She’s still fierce though, and I love her best. I want her to call me out of the blue at work one day and tell me how she nails every thing, always. I’d tell her, “Yes you do. And if Renee disses you one more time, you have my permission to trip her as she’s bends over to light a cigarette from one of those silly outdoor gas logs.”

Julie started channeling the models.





Sarah went home last Wednesday. Nice girl. She was a little too Sheboygan Soccer Mom for me though, so I wasn’t disappointed.

Now Playing

April 6, 2007

We’re starting a Friday lunch film festival, where we will watch a brief installment of a selected movie on someone’s lap top.  Lunch hours are so short.  Here are the two in the cue. 


SJR7 Dead in Committee (Coma is probably more accurate)

April 4, 2007

SJR7 dies in committee (for now):

Dan Parker, Indiana Democratic Party chairman, commented after the hearing, “House Democrats took a stand today against ill-crafted legislation that would have done more harm than good. This wasn’t a vote against traditional marriage; it was a vote for protecting vulnerable Hoosiers and promoting job growth. At a time when Indiana is bleeding thousands of jobs each month, the last thing we need to do is restrict our major employers and send the wrong message to companies and workers that might be looking to move here.”

None of this would have been possible without the courageous stand taken by Indiana companies like Cummins Engine, Wellpoint, Dow AgroSciences, Eli Lilly, and Emmis Communications. These corporations correctly pointed out that SJR-7 would negatively affect their ability to recruit quality employees by painting Indiana as an intolerant state to live and work in.

What does all of this mean? The amendment could be pulled back into the next session, so this could be a short lived victory, but make no mistake, it is a victory. The above quote indicates that at least some of our lawmakers understand the backwoods revival mentality of SJR7.

Hopefully as more and more states realize the negative results of similar amendments and the positive results for states who provide all families with equal protection, SJR7 will die forever.

Finally, I want to gently challenge my straight friends who choose to keep silent in those conversations about our families’ rights when we are not around to stand up for ourselves:

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

-Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor

I Won What?!

April 3, 2007

Friends who know me well will appreciate the irony of me sweeping our office’s NCAA Basketball Championship pool. 

Karen told me at church on Sunday, “You know, if Florida wins Monday night, you win the pool.”  I didn’t know, and I sort of dismissed the idea.  In fact, I actually thought Monday morning that I might have dreamed Karen saying that since it seemed so unlikely. 

I forgot to watch the game last night.  Had I remembered I still doubt I would have–it started at 9:00 p.m.!  So I was blissfully surprised this morning when I clicked on the Star online and saw the news.   

One of our brokers who was originally so pumped about the pool isn’t speaking to me today.  He can keep hatin’ though.  I’ll still be gettn’ my Ben Franklin.