Author Archives: Tom Garrett

Father’s Day (Redux 2018)

In what has (apparently) become an annual Father’s Day tradition, I thought I would re-post my 2016 podcast tribute to my late father today. This is the story of my favorite Father’s Day of all time, which, oddly enough, happened … Continue reading

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In the Palm of God’s Hand

“Bacon’s favorite thing is love.  Even more than food.” My mom has told me some version of that at least a dozen times. If you’ve ever been around my dog Bacon when you happened to be eating a meal, this … Continue reading

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Let’s All Make Fun of Tom’s Brackets (2018 Edition)

It’s no secret that my grasp of March Madness slipped dramatically as I moved deeper and deeper into my 30s.  Even a quick glance at my 2011, 2013, 2016, or 2017 brackets reveals my descent into abject ignorance. But hope … Continue reading

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How Not to Message Gun Control

Every mass shooting brings with it a familiar cycle: Politicians offer condolences, lefty gun-control advocates attack those politicians on a number of fronts for doing so, we talk (argue) about gun violence for a few days on social media, and, … Continue reading

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Phabula Rasa

My trusty Galaxy Note 4 had served me well for three years, but it was time for a change. I wasn’t happy about it.  I’ve never had any interest in having the latest or coolest phone.  The fact that I’m … Continue reading

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Best of 2017

News flash: I’m not as prolific a blogger as I used to be. The first couple of years of the Axis of Ego saw me post at least once a week.  Usually twice.  Sometimes more. Those days are lonnnnnnng gone.  This is only … Continue reading

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Timely Movie Review: The Last Jedi

I’m proud to say that I made it to The Last Jedi spoiler-free. But I did collect one bit of relevant information prior to seeing it.  I saw that the Rotten Tomatoes score was a strong 93%, with a robust sample size … Continue reading

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Papa, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

Originally posted on The Axis of Ego:
It’s safe to say that I’m a fat guy pizza aficionado.  Papa John’s is my favorite among the chain pizza “restaurants.”  In fact, placing a Sunday order to PJ’s is an almost-weekly ritual during…

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Flirting with the End of the World

Originally posted on The Axis of Ego:
In my second run at a storytelling podcast, I thought I’d shift gears and shoot for something more historical than personal. I tackle a crucial but probably underreported event that arguably affected just…

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Real Americans

I’m not going to address this past weekend’s events specifically.  There are already hundreds of columns covering every aspect of what happened in Charlottesville (and what is happening, to a lesser extent, in Seattle and Richmond and elsewhere). Instead, I’d … Continue reading

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