First, my coulrophobia is perfectly rational. Second, this is objectively terrifying and should be destroyed. Third, the fact that it looks like Dick van Dyke in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang only adds to the underlying unease it creates in all right-thinking folk.
We have words for so many different things in the modern world, but there doesn't seem to be enough words for the very specific types of fear I feel every day. Why isn't there a word for: the fear that comes when you realize you're halfway through walking your dog and you haven't brought a … Continue reading On Very Specific Types of Fear
When I tell my friends that my son has no real interest in driving, the reaction is universally one of surprise. For Americans of my generation, driving happened as soon as it could. Driving represented freedom from parents, access to move theaters, more time with friends and potential partners. Of course, this was the time … Continue reading On Being a Driving Teacher
Look, things are bad here in the land of the bacon double cheeseburger. There are really two ways we can go from here – we can try to make things better or we can definitely make things worse. And we can certainly end up doing both at the same time. Look, again, I'm not telling … Continue reading On Making Bad Times Worse
A list of things Rev. John Henry is afraid of: Balloons Plastic bags Traffic cones Loud talking Leaves blown by a strong breeze A strong breeze Eye patches Stones in a suspicious pile Small plastic bottles Those big water-cooler water bottles Piles of earth Any kind of noise directly outside the front door The pernicious … Continue reading A List of Things That Scare My Dog