Bona fide

Bona fide: (adj) genuine, real, without intention to deceive.

“It’s almost like pizza,” said the little boy as he munched on some rolls that were microwaved, having come from a box.Dictionary B

Just for the record, pizza rolls are not like pizza. They’re pizza rolls. I have no problem with them existing, as long as someone doesn’t say, “Well, it’s kind of like we had pizza–just all rolled up.”

Democracy has nothing to do with the presidential election. The election is an over-muscled, under-thought, lying extravaganza. Democracy, on the other hand, is a free airing of ideas, realizing that in that process we will probably have to change our minds from the hard line we have struck.

Religion is not Christianity. It doesn’t even try. It dresses up, passes around a multitude of symbols, and remains somewhat austere and stringent in an attempt to portray a God we refer to as “Love.”

We should never grow weary in the pursuit of well-doing, but we should also never call something bona fide–real, possessing lasting quality … if it fails to resemble the promise.


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Ballpark: (n) a baseball stadium or field.Dictionary B

I’ve only been to one baseball game.

What is strange about that statement is how much I really enjoyed the experience.

The whole endeavor occurred because I was looking for a cheap way to entertain my children without spending an arm and a leg at an amusement park. A friend gave me some free tickets to a minor league baseball game and I thought I could give my kids a new experience, and they would think I was spending a lot of money, and I would be Dad-of-the-Year–for at least a day.

Little did I know what glorious pageantry and procedure goes into the whole process of preparing for one of these games. The field was beautiful, the grass was green, the baselines were white and clean and the players were dressed in elaborate costumes.

Unfortunately, because the game moved so slowly, my children started to get bored, so I resorted to using the refreshment stand as a means of uplifting them.

Therefore, the odyssey to the ballpark to see the game ended up costing me $35 in snacks.

So I never returned again–not because the extravaganza lacked impact. No, it was absolutely magnificent.

It was because I just couldn’t afford the free tickets.

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