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‘Christian’ – It Simply Doesn’t Work As An Adjective – Video

This year I find more and more of my humor, not to mention my time, being siphoned off to fuel Dr. Toboggans’ increasingly numerous activities.  I don’t know how I ended up as his chaperon, but it doesn’t look like I’ll be making parole any time soon.

What I have been making, at least on this site, are more serious posts. Articles that put into print the ideas and conversations that I have been developing with several friends over the last few years about faith and action and changing the world one person at a time.

To that end I recently made a video about the word “christian” and what it might mean outside of the marketing channels it has grown to represent.

I didn’t think I was ready to share it, but my friend Debbie sent me a link to a parallel post by Brain Jones that reminded me that I wasn’t alone in this approach to faith.  Strange how quickly I seem to forget that. Anyway here it is.

What If?

This site has always featured idiocy in advertising rather prominently, but it’s not nearly as funny when it lands this close to home.

Hopefully this time someone is listening.

It’s time to stop the hype.

The Other White Meat

Recently, while wandering the highways and byways of Tennessee in search of a snack, I found a unique dining establishment.

Not a hole in the wall or a greasy spoon, but a really upscale eatery, featuring a cuisine unmatched in the western hemisphere.

Which is probably a good thing.

just dogs

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to have fine dining available, but I can only eat so much beagle tartar or even pomeranian soufflé.

The truth is sometimes I just want a simple mastiff-on-rye.

Just like mom used to make.

End of Year Update

Although you wouldn’t know it from reading this blog, recently the interwaves have been awash with interviews, interventions, and other interaction of my various web-projects outside or our beloved Comma.*

And so in a last minute attempt to wrap-up the year and perhaps atone for a certain deficit of attention applied to this site, please allow me to bring you all gently up to date on the activities of various Ominous characters outside these hallowed screens.


Kicking things off with a bold experiment in bad judgment as well as bad taste, was the infamous LOBO who interviewed Doctor Harold Toboggans over at Predator Press.

Poor Judgement

Not to be outdone, the intrepid Justin and Jerod also interviewed the Doctor (as well as the DangerCouch crew) on their Shut Up and Listen podcast,

Shut Up and Toboggans

And last but by no means least, Dave Barger and the Lunaweb crew interviewed me on the Social Media Expedition podcast.

I won’t lie, I was really excited about my first face-to-face interview. But sadly even this brief moment in the sun was clouded by the seemingly unavoidable presence of Dr Toboggans.

Unbelievably, he stormed the building, confiscated my microphone, and proceeded to cast aspersions far and wide.

He even stole my photo op.

social expedition of doom

I was lucky to escape with my sanity.

I had thought that kicking him over to would free me from the curse of contact with that walking testament to narcissism.

I was so naive.

Fortunately, I found solace in the 9+1 Songs of Christmas, hosted and performed by DangerCouch.

9+1 Songs of Christmas

Otherwise I might have ended up much like Guy Cobb, left to the minuscule mercy of our devious Doctor.

But I guess that’s enough commiserating for now.

Here’s wishing you a happy and Toboggans-free New Year.




*Yes friends, its your Comma too. Speaking of which, have you seen its grades?…

Mind Over Memphis Preview

Friends, the moment we’ve all dreaded and feared has come upon us at last. Therapist, egotist, and professional fashion victim Doctor Harold Toboggans has finally released his new video series Mind Over Memphis.


“Don’t hate me because I’m tacky”

In this bold new experiment in full-motion arrogance, Dr Toboggans takes upon himself to “rehabilitate” the artists, activists, and philanthropists of Memphis and put them back on the path of passivity and therapeutic dependence.

All while charging a sizable fee, I’m sure.

If you’re feeling brave*, and haven’t recently eaten, you can watch the series preview here:

Mind Over Memphis Preview

Unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have it on good authority that three unsuspecting victims have already fallen prey to the Doctor’s overpriced malpractice and will “star” in upcoming episodes.

These poor souls are:

  • Kevin Gaiman of Nightshade Manner
  • Ken Steorts of Visible School
  • Guy Cobb of the Tennessee Superlab Show

My heart goes out to them all.

Sadly, this is not the first time Memphians have fallen victim to the Doctor Toboggans and his wiles.

After all, who could forget the Cooper Young Fest Fiasco?

highlights thumb

Or the undead abuse at the Memphis Zombie March?

zombie therapy thumb

Clearly this man is a menace to the city and should be, if not stopped, at least watched.

One episode at a time.

*I assume no responsibility for any nausea, seizures, or mental anguish that may result from unfiltered Toboggans exposure of this sort.

What the Dysfunction?

As you might have notice, I’m having trouble with my Comma.

As in so many other endeavors timing is everything, and this timing is a little rough.

Currently I am:

  • Co-producing Doctor Toboggans’s upcoming video series Mind Over Memphis
  • Spinning up to host the new series
  • Handling a large and unexpected new project at my day job
  • Prepping Doctor Toboggans for a month long evening gig
  • Putting together a conference presentation on “The Blog as an Art Form”

…And now bolting the Ominous Comma back together again.

Needless to say, I’m going to be busy. Feel free to comment in with reminders to eat and sleep and breathe.

I’ll probably need it.

Happy Sunday

Doctor Toboggans Threatens Cooper Young Fest

Therapist, eyesore, and my own personal nightmare Doctor Harold Toboggans is threatening the Cooper Young Festival with his presence this year, according to sources with the misfortune of being close to him.

Insiders deep within the squalid confines of Toboggans Industries, say that the Doctor is intent on “curing” the estimated eighty-five thousand people expected to attend the festival from some new mental scourge that he won’t describe.

Like a James Bond villain, he even monologued about it at some depth on his tacky new site

My advice: run.