I've always enjoyed Conan O'Brien's "Clueless Gamer" video game reviews. The following is a column I wrote for the local paper inspired by O'Brien's bit, but in the context of Christmas shopping. The links to each item are included, for the most part, not to promote the products, but to prove to you that they … Continue reading Clueless at Christmas
A cool new review of my novel, "Reoriented," has been published by a literary magazine called InD'Tale. I don't know much about them, but the reviewer sure seemed to like my book, for which I'm extremely grateful. Here's an excerpt: If you believe in love, you will read this book. Whether a reader has strong … Continue reading ‘If there is one story that should go viral … it is this one’
As a news reporter, my instincts have been finely tuned for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, much like the strings of a Stradivarius or the soundboard of a Steinway grand piano. This unique skill serves me well in my profession, of course, but in my private life, it is often a hindrance more than a help. … Continue reading The little things that just don’t make any sense
What images does the phrase “home ownership” bring to mind? If you are an aspiring homeowner, it is probably something like this: A grinning husband with perfect teeth strides toward the “For Sale” sign in his new front yard and self-assuredly affixes across it a bold, red “SOLD” sticker. Later, in the enclosed back yard, … Continue reading The curious case of sink drips ‘n’ plungin’
To raise awareness about the launch of a very cool new nonprofit called Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, I'm reblogging an earlier post titled "I just want to talk for a while." The group is advocating a particular position — namely, that civil marriage is a secular institution and hence, not something evangelicals need to be … Continue reading From the vault: I just want to talk for a while
One of my favorite teachers I've ever had was my high school biology teacher, whom I will always call Mr. Lord no matter how old I get. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we've stayed in touch over the years, and he's always been a great supporter of mine, for which I'm very grateful. … Continue reading Reoriented making an impact in ‘the real Portland’
Having spent roughly 25 years as an observer of People with Children (PWCs), I had assembled a thorough, alphabetized and well-maintained mental catalog of things I knew I would never do when I joined their ranks. I will never allow my living room to become a depository for toys, clothing and other baby-related paraphernalia, because … Continue reading Don’t cry for me: Early thoughts on parenting
Following the release of the popular “God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines, and the innumerable responses by conservative pundits and theologians — including the cleverly titled ebook “God and the Gay Christian?” (Note the question mark. It’s very important.) — the church is discussing the morality of same-sex behavior as it never has … Continue reading Three reasons it doesn’t matter what we think about homosexuality
Venn Magazine's Stephanie Gates was gracious enough to do a Q and A with me this week discussing my debut novel, REORIENTED. I'll include the first part here, but you'll have to click over to the main site to read the rest. Tyler Francke’s debut novel invites readers into an honest discussion of the collision … Continue reading My author interview with Venn Magazine!
On June 10, Emilio Hoffman, a 14-year-old student at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., was transformed, from a good-hearted kid with his life ahead of him to a statistic. He was an athlete, a soccer coach, a people pleaser, a brother, a son. He had a girlfriend, and he loved to make people laugh. … Continue reading The lunacy of a nation: Reflections on gun violence in the U.S.