Editorial articles by publisher Ray Lesser

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Off The Rack

By Ray Lesser

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I bought the belt I’m wearing at a truck stop in Montana over 40 years ago. It’s the only belt I ever wear, not because I’m cheap, or neurotic, (although I am, I am), but rather because it’s the only really comfortable belt I’ve ever been able to find. Continue reading

America Is Coming Unwrapped

By Ray Lesser

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Many of the most popular items on YouTube today are not music videos, or viral videos of dancing cats, or even Donald Trump doing his karaoke version of “My Way.” Continue reading

Anxiety

By Ray Lesser

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I spend a lot of time worrying about my anxiety. I’m only trying to quiet my disquietude, or apprehend my apprehension, or wrestle with my restlessness, or, can we just talk about something else? This is making me anxious. Continue reading

The Ask Ray Hotline

By Ray Lesser

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I’m standing on my head, in a slightly ecstatic meditative state, when my cell phone rings. Since I’m waiting to hear from my agent if my screenplay is being optioned, I race to answer it. Continue reading

Self Service

By Ray Lesser

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I used to have a job pumping gas, as did millions of other young men of my generation. For many, this was an entry-level path to becoming a mechanic, or perhaps one day, a service station owner. Continue reading

Chicken Fat

By Ray Lesser

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To many people, the word “schmaltz” connotes cheesy, overly sentimental, artistic slop. Like going to a Norman Rockwell exhibit while listening to Engelbert Humperdinck sing “Feelings.” Continue reading

Does Your Life Still Matter?

By Ray Lesser

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Steve is a professor who specializes in Medieval Christianity. Although he has tenure, a good pension plan, and a lovely tree-shaded campus to work at, he recently found himself wondering whether he’s wasted his life by devoting most of it to John Wycliffe, the first person to translate the Bible into English. Continue reading

Service With A Smile

By Ray Lesser

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Please enter your password. I’m sorry, we have no record of you in our system. Therefore you do not exist. If you wish to exist, please go to your preferences menu and reset your existence. Need help? Please send a message to our help desk and we will get back to you. Or maybe not. Continue reading

In The Back Of My Mind

By Ray Lesser

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There are thoughts bubbling up somewhere in the back of my mind, kind of like acid reflux. I’m not quite sure what these thoughts are about — maybe they’re not that important, or maybe the back of my mind is trying to tell the front of my mind something and it can’t quite push its way to the edge of consciousness. Continue reading

Domestic News Bulletins

By Ray Lesser

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This just in … Sadie, the dog, has escaped from the backyard. Her whereabouts are currently unknown, although it is suspected that she is in the vicinity of the neighbor’s garbage cans, because that is where she was apprehended the last time she escaped. Continue reading