SOARES: Antisocial behaviors
The tapping process sucks. I’ve heard folks defend societies writ large, but I’ve never heard anyone defend the protracted, un-transparent and downright mean way societies select their members.
SOARES: Parents in perspective
Misdemeanors are mildly aggravating when perpetrated by others, but they can stir hurricanes in your soul if you know yourself to be guilty of the same crimes. And when it comes to your parents, matters are even worse.
SOARES: Playing with fire
So I began to search, within myself, for the gumption to put my hand to the fire. It didn’t come easy; I was afraid I’d sear my fingers.
SOARES: Thanks for the citizenship
It implies that, by letting immigrants in—that is, by letting them realize their supposed dream — Americans are doing them a favor.
SOARES: $680 for a vote
In Texas we don’t vote for Democrats (not often, that is — we elected Jimmy Carter in 1976, and I guess we’ve been repenting since). So on Tuesday night, when Fox and MSNBC and CNN called the election for Obama, a good number of my high school friends turned to Jesus. One guy, a political »
SOARES: The skeleton under the tree
A fallen tree is a little like a beached whale, or a door off its hinges or the propeller of a wind turbine traveling on a highway strapped to the bed of an 18-wheeler. What strikes you is not the explanation behind the circumstances — the series of events that toppled the tree or caused »
SOARES: Off the deep end
I turned 22 last Friday. I had seen it coming — birthdays tend to fall on the same day every year — but the first “Happy Birthday” still took me a little by surprise. It appeared on my Facebook on Thursday, a while before midnight, from a friend in a different time zone. It was »