Straw men and empty suits

While PM Trudeau’s words had me wide-eyed and a little horrified, my accurate transcription fails to capture the accompanying awkward hand gestures that inspired a few hand gestures of my own, one in particular.

[This column first appears in the July 2019 issue of The Charleston Mercury.]

57 million straws a day

[In op-ed columnists’ latest installment of RAWW (Rants of an Angry White Woman) Patra Taylor introduces readers to the  Straw men and empty suits of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s world.] Continue reading “Straw men and empty suits”

The Divided States of America

Just avoid talk of religion, politics or money with our friends and family at our Fourth of July gathering, and all will be well? Not anymore. It seems there is little we can talk about with each other that won’t result in at least a war of words, and at most, a brawl.

[Op ed columnists have long been among the most admired writers to Patra Taylor. In January 2019, she decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing with her own iteration she calls RAWW, Rants of an Angry White Woman…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half.]

One nation under God…not anymore

The Divided States of America appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Photo of couple arguing.Charleston Mercury. Continue reading “The Divided States of America”

Christendom is burning

It’s probably too late for France. The intent of those who built the Notre-Dame Cathedral and their passion for the Holy Trinity went up in flames.

[In January 2019, Patra Taylor decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing with her own iteration of opinion writing with RAWW, Rants of an Angry White Woman…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half.]

RIP Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Last month, Christians sat transfixed in front of their television or computer screens watching the orange glow of flames devastate Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, an 800-year-old icon for believers around the world. The day before the fire, the cathedral WAS considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France. With billions of dollars already pledged from the faithful around the world, the French government, which controls the medieval structure, vows to rebuild the cathedral in five…six years at the most. Continue reading “Christendom is burning”

In defense of the Pied Piper

No bodies, no weapons, no witnesses and no forensic evidence of the children’s demise was ever found. I rest my case. Now maybe the decades of libel and slander against the hardworking flautist for crimes he did not commit can finally be put to rest.

A simple rat exterminator or diabolical kidnapper?

Check out one of the Charleston Mercury’s op ed columnists, Patra Taylor, for the truth about the Pied Piper of Hamelin in her column, In defense of the Pied Piper.

Op ed columnists have long been among the most admired writers to Patra Taylor. In January 2019, she decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing with her own iteration of opinion writing with RAWW, Rants of an Angry White Woman…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half.

Decide how Patra Taylor is doing with her new op ed columns:

Should we stay or should we go?

The chicken and the egg plant

Who is John Frum?

About the Charleston Mercury

The Charleston Mercury was founded by Henry L. Pinckney in 1819. He was its sole editor for 15 years. I ceased publication with the Union Army occupation of Charleston. After the Civil War, publication resumed in November 1866 before the newspaper closed permanently two years later in 1868.

The paper’s name was dormant until March 2000 when Charles W. Waring III and a group of investors started the “Charleston Mercury” online. The paper covered the inauguration of George W. Bush on a daily basis in Jan. 2001. In October 2002, Waring took the paper to print. From that point until March 2013, the paper published every two weeks; from March 2013 until the present, the paper has published a monthly edition under the ownership of Holy City Productions, LLC, an independent media firm owned by Waring and a group of investors. The “Charleston Mercury” newspaper reaches roughly 50,000 affluent readers in the greater Charleston area.

Who is John Frum?

The long version of the story of John Frum and cargo cults requires an in-depth foray into history, anthropology and human psychology. But anyone dismissing the indigenous people of Tanna’s cultism as situational ignorance should take a good look around.

What is a cargo cult?

In January 2019, Patra Taylor decided to jump into the world of ob ed writers…quite the transformation from the family humor she specialized in for a decade and a half. When she bumped into John Frum deep into the internet byways, she knew immediately she had to re-introduce him to the world. So, Who is John Frum? Continue reading “Who is John Frum?”

The chicken and the egg plant

“Federal prosecutors call it modern day slavery…their paychecks kept by their traffickers.”

Who Writes Op Eds About Chickens?

Op ed columnists have long intrigued writer Patra Taylor. In January 2019, she decided to jump into the churning waters of opinion writing, feet first…quite a transformation from the humor she specialized in for a decade and a half. As fate would have it, The Chicken and the Egg Plant virtually wrote itself when she discovered that the chickens AND the eggs, the subjects of the article, were located in Marion, Ohio, a mere hop, skip and a jump from her hometown of Lima, Ohio. And these chickens and eggs were the predicates for human trafficking! Continue reading “The chicken and the egg plant”

Should we stay or should we go?

The answer to that gajillion-dollar question came in the closing days of December in the form of a presidential tweet.

Op ed columnist Patra Taylor weighs in on…

Leaving Syria

As the clock struck midnight on December 31, many Americans tooted horns and tossed confetti as they wished family and friends a Happy New Year. Being of a certain age, I wiped the sleep from my eyes just long enough to pull the curtain back on 2019 for a little peek at what’s in store for our nation in the coming year. “What fresh hell is this?” Continue reading “Should we stay or should we go?”