Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


Suffering

Suffering

It snowed again today in Wisconsin. In a way, it was actually rather encouraging, as snowfall indicates that it’s getting warm enough to go outside without your eyeballs freezing up and dropping out of your head like errant marbles. Up until just this past weekend, we had gone 65 days without the temperature climbing above […]

You say you want a revolution

You say you want a revolution

I suppose it’s rather serendipitous that the newest edition of Pleiades — to give you an idea of the kind of timeline literary journals operate on: I got this subscription as a package deal with my submission fee to a manuscript contest back in September — contains a written symposium by noted poets and critics […]

Pat Barry: A Remembrance

Pat Barry: A Remembrance

This week, one of my favorite fighters, Pat “HD” Barry — whose nickname rang false for me until a post-Christmas fire sale at Target — retired from active mixed martial arts competition after a six-year run and a 15-7 record. Barry was not one of my favorite by virtue of being a star, or by […]

Yes, I stutter. So what of it?

Yes, I stutter. So what of it?

About a month ago, I walked into work on a Monday morning, and set about the usual tasks: cutting fruit, rinsing out the tap lines, priming the dishwasher, making coffee and more. This side of wiping out the salt-gunk that collects on the baseboards during this time of year in Wisconsin — what you have […]

They’re Rich!

They’re Rich!

Hey everybody. Did you know that, for the first time in United States history, half the members of our Congress are millionaires? Yeah, I didn’t either; thanks, Twitter. Yep. According to reports recently filed by both opensecrets.com and — lest you think I’m resting the entirety of my evidence on the merits of a website […]

Stupid Polar Vortex

Stupid Polar Vortex

It is nighttime in Middleton, Wisconsin, and the current temperature is -11 F, the coldest it has been or will be all winter, and the coldest it’s been here for the past five winters. Outside the sliding door to our balcony — the only window, though a substantial one, in our apartment — snowfall from […]

Home and Family

Home and Family

It’s 1:22 p.m. on the Friday this column is due. I’m sitting at my parents’ dining room table, where I’m visiting them at their home in Fitzgerald, Georgia. I hesitate to say “my home,” “our home,” or even just “home” when I describe this place, because I never really lived here. The last house I […]

Christmas Through the Movie Lens

Christmas Through the Movie Lens

When I still lived with my family in Georgia, we had a tradition of watching one Christmas-themed movie a night in the week leading up to the 25th. Over time, the general selection has changed — “Elf” replaced “The Polar Express” because if we wanted to see Tom Hanks serving hot chocolate to dead-eyed children, […]

What’s the Point if No One Will Listen?

What’s the Point if No One Will Listen?

For those of you who bother to read this column every week — whatever your motivations, I thank you; those checks at least pay an electric bill each month — it’s almost too easy to predict what I would write about this time. And frankly, I’m okay with that; the shooting that occurred this past […]