Nov 222016
 

Dudes and dolls, I always feel a little sheepish when I come back to you after an unexplained, longer-than-customary absence. “Now baby, listen, it’s not like that…” I hear myself saying in my head as you accuse me of burning my discursive oil elsewhere.

(Or “dipping my nib”? Too provocative?)

swaggerWe’ve actually been pretty busy. We got the new Leamobile Saturday—a 90-point 2014 Toyota Sienna, which we all love. It drives fine, though I’m surprised at how different it feels from the Odyssey. The Sienna is definitely designed with a more isolated driving experience in mind. The handling isn’t vague, per se—it’s just muted. In any case, it’s way prettier than the old buggy, and I love that Lea has a technologically current stereo and a rear view camera now.

The least pleasant part of the Upward season is just about over. Rosters are out, and after the first week of practice next week it’ll start running itself to a larger degree. I’m not coaching this year, and as much as I’ll miss the kids, I’m looking forward to a more freeform Saturday experience.

Thanksgiving is a bit odd. We’ll be here most of the day, and then go to my dad’s for dinner. We’re having dinner with Lea’s family the night before. Gonna watch some ball Friday, and of course Saturday is an all-day feast of rivalry games.

Some significant percentage of my Facebook timeline is still eviscerating itself over the election. I couldn’t tell you for sure whether my relative tranquility more represents ignorance or wisdom, but I will tell you that a) it’s genuine; and b) I’m certainly glad to have it.

I appreciate you checking on me, which I see you doing, even when I’m not holding up my end and giving you something new to read. We’ll call my brief hiatus over now, and get back to a more usual pace. Thank you for reading BoWilliams.com.

 Posted by at 11:24 pm
Jun 292016
 

Sitcom and motor oil commercial cutie-pie Leah Remini is working on a series exploring some of Scientology’s less pleasant aspects (particularly its effects on families).

You may recall that Remini was in the news a little while back when she wondered rather vocally what had become of Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Shelly Miscavige has not been seen in public since 2007.

I’ve written about Scientology on BoWilliams.com occasionally (here and here). You don’t have to look very deeply into it to conclude that it’s quite bizarre. The established narrative includes extraterrestrials, a universe far older than any respected theory accounts for, and so forth. It’s basically what you’d think a religion thunk up by a science fiction author would be like. Hmmm.

Remini is to be encouraged in her efforts to shine bright light into the dark corners of Scientology. The Church of Scientology isn’t that big, but it’s well-financed and extremely aggressive with rhetoric, litigation, and actions against its members and detractors. (Go read about Gold Base sometime. Ask yourself if it sounds like the United States.)

 Posted by at 10:16 am
Jun 172016
 

I’m not in the habit of discussing the “Westboro Baptist Church.” However, a great many people are, and we need to get more accuracy on their Google footprint. So here I am with that. BoWilliams.com is about service to others. First of all, Westboro Baptist Church is not a Baptist church. “Baptist Church” is part […]

 Posted by at 12:40 pm
Jun 142016
 

I don’t generally repeat myself verbatim on BoWilliams.com, but I’m going back to this documentary that I first posted about in December, shortly after the San Bernadino attacks. Many people believe that radical Islam and Islam are two separate things; that the former has nothing to do with the legitimate religion, and that anyone who […]

 Posted by at 1:45 pm

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