Michael Mackie

How Bad Is Cats? It’s Worse Than You Can Ever Imagine—And Then Some

How Bad Is Cats? It’s Worse Than You Can Ever Imagine—And Then Some

A third of the way through Cats, I actually paused and thought to myself, “Has there ever been a more god-awful movie in the history of cinema?”
In a word—no. Nothing … Read more

Top 11.5 Things I Like About Erin Elizabeth Sheniqua Moodring Kiernan

Top 11.5 Things I Like About Erin Elizabeth Sheniqua Moodring Kiernan

When you’ve been friends with someone for over 20 years, there are zero pretenses. Zilch. That’s how I feel about my beloved galpal Erin Kiernan—who may quite possibly be the … Read more

Musing About The Bevinator – Five Years Later

Musing About The Bevinator – Five Years Later

The “On This Day” feature on Facebook is simultaneously a blessing and a curse. It reminds me of all the Bevinator’s countless shenanigans and Bev-isms throughout the year. But this … Read more

PTSD(ES MOINES)

PTSD(ES MOINES)

The texts have steadily been coming in for the last couple weeks. Everyone offering to have me over for Thanksgiving and/or making sure I’ve got some place to go. At … Read more

Six Months Without Dad

Six Months Without Dad

I remember the morning the hospice called to tell me Dad had quietly passed away. It was relatively early—like a few minutes after 7 a.m. I don’t even think I’d … Read more

Hunger Pangs Be Gone!

Hunger Pangs Be Gone!

About a month ago, the strangest thing happened. I forgot to eat—like, the entire day. The last time that happened was the twelfth of never. Even more bizarre? It was … Read more

Top 11 Things I Learned in Cardiff

Top 11 Things I Learned in Cardiff

My morning started off a bit rocky as my tour guide for the day did not show up. (That wanker!) So I punted and decided to explore Cardiff on my … Read more

OB-52-SESSED

OB-52-SESSED

Thursday night marked my 15th B-52s show—a proud milestone since I first saw them way back in Cedar Rapids on a frigid winter day in 1990. Mind you, I had been … Read more

Sayonara House Party

Sayonara House Party

Later today, after their final walkthrough, a couple from Wisconsin will be the proud new owners of Mom and Dad’s house. Finished in 1969, the house turns 50 this year … Read more

When In Doubt, Grieve It Out

When In Doubt, Grieve It Out

I posted this on my Facebook page yesterday:
 

It seemed to hit a nerve with people who completely understand what I’m going through. Right now, I wouldn’t wish this ever-present wave … Read more