I’m Erik Charter, a middle-aged, midwestern guy who likes to post stuff dealing with books, movies, music, and a bit of theology & other stuff. The main reason I post stuff is so that I can actually throw away some of the newspaper clippings & magazine articles that I would otherwise accumulate indefinitely. I live in a van down by the river, rarely shower, and consider deodorant to be optional, which cuts down on those pesky social interactions.

I’ve been bloodied in online battles and have learned through experience that a certain percentage of people who are online are (1) highly dishonest, (2) mentally unstable, (3) downright dangerous. If any of the three describes you, kindly move on (and have a nice day!)

The great Paul Simon has given us the best strategies for dealing with these sorts of people:


11 Responses to “About”

  1. Dale Bekkering August 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    I just started reading your blog. I enjoy it very much.


    Dale Bekkering

  2. Wide Reader August 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks, Dale. I appreciate that! Erik


  3. David Noe February 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Hey Erik, can you send me your cell # in an email? I think you have it from the form I filled out.

    I’d like to talk to you on the phone about something please.

  4. jane mancina March 1, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Hello I am Frank Genalo’s Aunt Jane , his mom, Toni’s sister. You made my day by posting the comment about our dear Frank. Thanks so much for your kind words. Blessings on your Blog &on You and your Caeer

  5. jane mancina March 1, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    that was career

  6. Erik Charter March 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    You’re welcome. I meant what I said about him. 


  7. 2866oa March 29, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Erik, you’re an accountant. Are you following the tangled financial situation of Calvin College? “We spent beyond our means,” I think they’ve said. Anyone interested can start at thebanner.org for

  8. Erik Charter March 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I hadn’t heard about that. 


  9. matt February 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Erik, I just posted a reply (link) at Old Life for your request for “robust” Lutheran preaching. Hopefully it’ll be robust enough for you. I really enjoy your posts.

  10. Erik Charter February 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Thanks. I’ll check it out.

  11. Andrew Buckingham March 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm #



    Great blog, man, and this tagline got a true bona fide LOL just now.

    Grace and peace, brother.

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