My name is Ralph Amsden and sometimes I write things. These are those things.

  • Do We Like Dogs Too Much?

    Last week in the Chinese city of Yulin, 10,000 dogs were eaten as part of the worldwide spectacle known as the Dog Meat Festival. Last weekend in Arizona, a fire in Scottsdale and…

  • The One Reason The Redskins Should Still Be Called The Redskins

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark office just voted 2-1 to revoke the Washington Redskins’ trademark on the grounds that it’s “disparaging of Native…

  • Grief is a Visitor

    Today is the anniversary of my mother’s passing. It’s been 27 years since an overcorrection on a desolate highway in southern Wyoming left me alone, upside-down in a…

    Family Motto

    On Sunday I introduced myself to a man who was likely in his mid-50s. His reaction was typical. “Ralph? Really? I haven’t ever met a Ralph…