A euphemism is an innocuous word or expression used in place of one that is deemed offensive, suggestive, unpleasant or not considered a part of polite conversation. Some euphemisms are to convey a message or meaning, while avoiding a topic that may be considered taboo. Some were coined with an intention of amusement while others are simply bland, inoffensive terms for concepts that the user wishes to downplay. Continue reading


Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” It is one thing to carry a cross that is your own, but this cross thrust upon him unjustly. It the cross of someone else’s making. Why would he or she carry it, have to carry it, or even willingly carry it?

In 1982 Thomas Webb III moved from Chicago to Norman, Oklahoma. As best he could see, it seemed like a reasonable move. There wasn’t a lot happening for him in Chicago and a friend said there was opportunity and fun in and around the University of Oklahoma campus.  Why not? In 1983 he was convicted of rape, burglary, and other crimes and sentenced to 60 years in prison. He always maintained his innocence but he had been picked out of lineup on two separate occasions. The victim was unshakeable in her identification. Continue reading