Author: Andrew Monge

Gabe’s World: Extended Edition

Gabe’s World: Extended Edition

(This entry is part of a long-running series of posts on Facebook called "Gabe's World."  Each week I post silly/funny/thoughtful things my son has said over the years [Click here to read his insights from Age 4.  I'll get Age 5 out here soon].  He really is a riot, as evidenced by this much-longer-than-normal installment.  Enjoy!) My … Continue reading Gabe’s World: Extended Edition

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Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

Perhaps the most devastating, heinous, and heartbreaking story of my lifetime is the decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church. The idea that an organization would fail to root out a cadre of pedophiles preying upon its own flock is inexcusable. But when that organization purposely ignores the problem, making it even worse … Continue reading Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

If you’ve hung around my dingy corner of the Internet for any amount of time, you know that Lawrence Block is one of my favorite writers (click here to see me get all gushy about the man, as well as to read my review of his hilarious novel, Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man). … Continue reading Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

Etymology 101 (Part One)

Etymology 101 (Part One)

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve wanted to write a series of posts that deal with etymology. Some of you may be asking, “What the deuce is that?!” According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, etymology is defined as: The study of the origin of words or phrases, and the way in which their … Continue reading Etymology 101 (Part One)

I Call Shenanigans

I Call Shenanigans

I live in New Ulm, an idyllic town of thirteen thousand people in southwest Minnesota. I’ve lived in numerous communities during my life, and New Ulm is easily my favorite. For starters, you couldn’t ask for a better place to raise children. It’s one of those places where you don’t need to lock your doors … Continue reading I Call Shenanigans

All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

A quick tangent before getting to the reviews… Readers of the blog have heard me lament the fact that book reviews are the worst performing posts on the site. From a content perspective, I couldn’t care less: I’m still going to write the damned reviews. But, on some level, I suppose it makes me sad … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

Do You Ever Wonder About…? (Kid Stuff Edition)

Do You Ever Wonder About…? (Kid Stuff Edition)

When I started this site I told myself I would not be influenced by outside forces. I made this "rule" because I didn’t want my writing to be compromised, even if readers got uncomfortable or offended. That being said, I’ve let my wife steer me in her desired direction for this post. Oh, she doesn’t … Continue reading Do You Ever Wonder About…? (Kid Stuff Edition)