A dumpster diver’s Christmas.

A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story Sunday, December 24, 1995 – Christmas Eve I can be counted upon to walk, after all. When everybody’s nowhere and even the laundromats are empty. When the respectable stores are closed and the line at … Continue reading
Dec. 9, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Fifty Shades of Bubba: Christmas at The Sex Addiction Clinic of Misfit Celebrities.

Bill Clinton looked at Garrison Keillor. “What are you doing here, farmboy? The last time you had a dirty thought, you wrote a book about it. Matt Lauer’s trying to get back at the jocks in his high school – … Continue reading
Dec. 6, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

How I got thrown out of Walmart at Christmas for unauthorized salesmanship.

“My name is Loco Willie and I am loco for frisky dogs, precocious children, classy broads and cheap, red guitars.”A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story Friday, December 1, 2017 “Don’t you know any other songs?” The kid we’re going to call Stingray … Continue reading
Dec. 2, 2017, 6:46 p.m.

#Bitcoin is an excellent joke. It will be hilarious right up until it’s catastrophic.

Since absolutely everyone publicly associated with Bitcoin is such a sleazy gonoph, how could it possibly be a scam?Photo by: Steve GarfieldThis started as a private conversation, but I’m taking pieces of my part of it public, because it’s of … Continue reading
Nov. 29, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

If you are in despair at the end of #NaNoWriMo, consider writing my way.

“Yeah, but was does the divan look like?”Illustration by: Lewis MinorWe are nearing the end of yet another “National Novel Writing Month,” which suggests to me that a few people will have accomplished something and a lot of people will … Continue reading
Nov. 28, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

How to get the hell out of Hades: If you’ve got an hour and a dollar, Dusty will change your life.

What can a dumbass dog teach you about hope and love? Not much. Just the parts you’ve been getting wrong…Brother Willie wrote a brand new Kindle book for Thanksgiving: Dusty: An elegy of hope and love. It’s not a long … Continue reading
Nov. 27, 2017, 3:17 p.m.

Can you please tell the Koch Brothers why I’m right about messaging strategy?

First we take Bel Air. Then we take Beijing.Photo by: Vinnie CTalk about a valley of the shadow of death: How’d you like to be publicly known as an advocate of individualism, political liberty and free markets in Hollywood? Now … Continue reading
Nov. 27, 2017, 2:02 p.m.

For Thanksgiving, an elegy of hope: “Loving is a gerundive, Dusty, and her name is Amanda.”

Uncle Willie wrote his very first Thanksgiving story this year, but it’s much too long to be a blog post. Here’s an extract: From “Dusty: An elegy of hope and love.” “What now?”A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story Thursday, November 23, … Continue reading
Nov. 24, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

How to fight with your relatives over the Thanksgiving Dinner table.

I’ve thought for years about writing a Thanksgiving story — a feast-become-food-fight of ideas over the dinner table — but I’ve never done it. Too much too close for comfort perhaps. Meanwhile, I will give you something to be thankful … Continue reading
Nov. 22, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

“I’ll tell you how fiction works, but first let me tell you how I found it out.”

Cathleen got a library card, and I got one, too, this so we can each besmirch our own reputations. To celebrate my first library card in years, I checked out a book called “How Fiction Works” by James Wood. Accordingly, … Continue reading
Nov. 16, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

All I want for my birthday is undying impact. Will you get it for me, please?

Give the Gift of Willie: For less than a buck, you can give someone you love a glimpse of a better way to dance.I have so much to talk about, and no one at all to talk to. I wear … Continue reading
Nov. 15, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Which first lady would you trust to drive a tent stake into Vladimir Putin’s skull?

Of all the first ladies of my lifetime, I like Melania Trump best – elegant dignified silence. And of all of the women in public life right now, she’s the one who seems most to embody Yael, too, the wife … Continue reading
Nov. 10, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

Fresh Willie: Bedtime stories for your inner child from The Mall of Misfit Families.

Hope is family. Family is hope.That’s why trains go in circles.Brother Willie has been writing choo-choo train stories for 22 months now. The first collection of them publishes today. It’s called “Traindancing: Bedtime stories for your inner child from The … Continue reading
Nov. 2, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

#ThriversEd: Because anyone can be a Dutch Uncle, people are kids, too.

I’m with the Jesuits: There is no answer better than another question, and children never tire of well-aimed inquiries.Photo by: Bev SykesThe world we live in is not just underfathered – it’s underchildered, too. Much of what I have to … Continue reading
Oct. 24, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Deconstructing Madelyn Nguyen: The art we need is the art of of redemption.

The art we need is not violence disguised as valor, not vengeance masked as purity. The art we need is the art of goodness, the art of redemption. Poetry is leadership, but it ought to be leading you someplace you truly … Continue reading
Oct. 23, 2017, 2:45 p.m.

You’re like who? Who’s like you? Who in the world actually agrees with you?

My friend James Pruitt fingered this news photo, source unknown to me, and this is my subsequent crop of the image – cropping to the action that matters to me. You see the Rockwell right away, of course, and the … Continue reading
Oct. 22, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

A match made in the heavens and a love for all the ages: Why Madelyn Nguyen’s always gonna win.

Madelyn Nguyen sat very still for a long time, a finger by her mouth, her eyes aimed nowhere, lost in thought. She said, “It sounds kind of like the neutron stars.” Forty-five months old.A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story Thursday, October 19, 2017 “Tell … Continue reading
Oct. 20, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

Humanizing the Harvey Weinstein saga, thus to find redemption – and #MyKindOfBenedy – everywhere.

There but for the grace of fortune go you.The headline isn’t even a challenge: I did it Saturday. I left most of the work on Harvey’s desk, but I showed you how the man can still be lovable and human, … Continue reading
Oct. 17, 2017, 5:50 p.m.

Driving the conversation: Here’s to better days for The Movie Mogul.

“Here’s to better days! All aboard!”A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story Saturday, October 14, 2017 “Here’s to better days.” I said that to The Movie Mogul. It seemed like the thing to do. He was shocked, to say the truth. It … Continue reading
Oct. 14, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Las Vegas redeems who? Meet Pastor Trey Coyle, televangelism’s only nerd bible-thumper.

Flip around the TV dial. Early morning, Sunday morning, your local religious-broadcasting affiliate, cable channels. Try to find another nerd televangelist. There are nerd Baptists and nerd Catholics, sitting behind desks and reading from books. But a nerd bible-thumper is … Continue reading
Oct. 11, 2017, 3:04 p.m.