Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


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 […]

While success ruin the new world’s best brewery?

While success ruin the new world’s best brewery?

Earlier this year, Hill Farmstead Brewery usurped Three Floyds as the general-consensus “World’s Best Brewery,” at least in terms of crowd-sourced opinion (such things are, obviously, every-fluctuating and nigh-on impossible to quantify). Now, this is impressive enough on its own merits. Three Floyds is a veritable behemoth in the craft beer community — not quite […]

A really good book

A really good book

I’ll admit, there are more pressing issues to write about this week: Wal-Mart having the star-collapsingly giant balls to hold a food drive for its employees instead of paying them a decent wage (a Walmart executive: “Most of our employees are on food stamps”), McDonald’s official employee financial guide suggesting that workers sell their belongings […]

Back Pew Hero Worship: A Passing of the Torch

Back Pew Hero Worship: A Passing of the Torch

Usually, when I write about combat sports, most of this column is concerned with unpacking various tidbits, ripple effects and societal implications writ large by a fight’s outcome. This “slice n’ dice, followed by cross-section examination” method has worked — admittedly, to varying degrees — for so long because most of the fights I write […]