Julie Lyons

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Whitt's End

    After six great years at the Dallas Observer, they're dragging me out kicking, screaming and, yes, grateful.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    My Final Top 10 Observer-ations

    Last week's cover. Irony is funny.​​10. As of this morning, the Dallas Observer is out of the sports business, at least on a full-time basis. Though I'm not technically being fired ("laid off" is supposedly less damning), the paper and its owner, Village Voice Media, have decided to el ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    "Oh, Thank God! I Thought You Said 'A Protestant!'"*

    Pope Benedict XVI, like you didn't know that Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States has provoked an examination of the relationship between Roman Catholics and evangelical Christians, who share a similar social agenda. Southern Baptist scholar, author and commentator Al Mohler points respe ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008
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    April 4, 2008

    Wright On, Bishop Jakes

    Bishop T.D. Jakes Dallas’ Bishop T.D. Jakes has launched his own blog, and he steps right into the fray with a lengthy post about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy. True to form, Jakes avoids political hard lines and instead gives insights designed to provoke the consciences of blacks as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    Meet the New Boss

    Mark Donald, the new editor of the Dallas Observer The Dallas Observer will begin the new year with a new editor: Mark Donald. His should be a very familiar name to longtime readers of the paper version of Unfair Park: Mark -- who now demands to be called Mr. Donald, how unfortunate -- began writin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2007

    Have You Ever Wanted to Be the Editor of an Alternative Newsweekly?

    So tomorrow, if you're cruising the Internets looking for work, you might come across something that says, oh, I don't know, "Help wanted: Dallas Observer is looking for an editor." And it won't be a joke. I'm outta here. And no, I wasn't fired. Heads didn't roll; blood didn't spill. It was all pai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2007

    "I Want to Be Healed"

    What a racket. Two years ago, my son tossed a ping pong ball in a glass bowl at his school carnival, and he was awarded -- ha ha, awarded -- a tiny goldfish in a plastic bag. A brown goldfish, no less. Evidently a certain pet store was cleaning out its inventory of crummy brown goldfish and hit on ... More >>

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    September 14, 2007

    Exit to Eden

    In 1991 -- "eight years before my conversion," she says -- Dawn Eden was 23 and, ahem, sharing a bed with Buzzcocks Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle. Dawn Eden is taking the train to Washington, D.C., and we are talking about masturbation. Just before the connection goes bad, she suggests that we tone ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Burn, Baby, Burn

    Lower Greenville was on fire at the Observer Showcase

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    July 16, 2007

    Bible Girl: The Big, Happy Family Quiz

    This week, guest writer Renea Overstreet, a third-year law student at Texas Wesleyan and author of the novel Always a Bridesmaid, talks about her uneasiness as an African-American visitor at predominantly white churches. The very first Bible Girl quiz immediately follows.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2007

    Even Without Power, the Boss Blogs

    Don't know about y'all, but my neighborhood, in southwest Dallas, looks like a hurricane plowed through. We haven't had power since about 7 p.m. last night, and large trees are in the streets, on cars, on houses and on sheds. Some very large trees were completely uprooted. When the storm hit, you co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2007

    See, We're Not the Only Ones Writing About Sherman Allen

    Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ is accused of assaulting at least eight women. Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Melody McDonald had an excellent piece yesterday on the sexual allegations against Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Chris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2007

    Pure Evil

    I will never forget the first major crime story I covered. The images never go away, and maybe they aren’t supposed to. They snap me back to realities about my world. A Seattle-area man had murdered his wife and kids, then traveled south to Tacoma, where he gunned down his in-laws. Then he killed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007

    The Pentecostal Circus

    El Greco, "Descent of the Holy Spirit" He called himself Apostle. And many a Sunday morning was punctuated with the skronk-skronk of a saxophone as he blew his rendition of "Amazing Grace." He was a young man, and he'd recently gotten out of prison, where he had some kind of conversion. We were yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007

    Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson Dies

    Gilbert Patterson, presiding bishop of the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ, died yesterday of heart failure. He had been ill for some time. Patterson was much admired within his denomination, the largest Pentecostal body in the United States, with some 5 million members. He commanded respect t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2007

    Indecent Exposure

    Bible Girl, if it makes you feel any better, distributors don't think anyone else wants to see Dakota Fanning get raped in Hound Dog either. One of us has got to be crazy. One of us has got to be deluded, dumb and blind. It is so very daring to examine the delicate matter of bestiality, to apply one ... More >>

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    January 12, 2007
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    December 21, 2006

    Bible Girl: The Merry Christmas Edition

    It's a mellow week at the Dallas Observer. We've exchanged gifts. (Yikes--except me. You'll see me running through Target later today.) Right now I'm listening to a heated conversation in the distance about long-sleeved sweaters. We've got the day off tomorrow, and I'll be taking the opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2006

    Southern Baptists Talk Tongues

    If the Southern Baptists forbid speaking in tongues in order to talk to God, we did find this handy book. More than 100 Southern Baptist leaders gathered today at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington to talk about their denomination's sharpening opposition to speaking in tongues--specifically, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2006

    Seven-Day Wonders

    Conclusive evidence that man and dinosaurs coexisted. If little else happens in a Christian's life, he should develop a certain measure of humility. That, after all, is the character of Jesus Christ, who emptied himself of his rights and privileges as God's only son to die for sorry folks like you ... More >>

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    November 22, 2006

    Bible Girl: The Thanksgiving Edition

    C'mon. You just knew if there was a book called Can Homosexuality Be Healed? that sooner or later Bible Girl would get around to it. The response to last week's Bible Girl has left me feeling warm and fuzzy all over, so I thought I'd excerpt from my interview with Francis MacNutt, a Charismatic Cat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006

    "Can You Pray the Gay Away?"

    Leave it to Jack E. Jett, a Dallas comedian and cable TV talk-show host who has a love/hate relationship with Bible Girl (the love part: he keeps reading it), to cut right to the heart of the matter. "Just to get things clear," he wrote last week in the wake of the Ted Haggard scandal, "do you belie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2006

    An Open Letter to Evangelicals

    The election results are a big smack upside the head to American evangelicals--a firm rebuke. Don't explain them away or blame them on gays, the media and godless liberals. Yes, Ted Haggard had something to do with it. Maybe a lot to do with it. Most of all, he exposed our disgusting arrogance. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2006
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    September 28, 2006

    Decoding Jesus Camp

    Levi is a young preacher in the "army of God" depicted in the film Jesus Camp. Oh, I was ready for a fierce reaction to Jesus Camp. Something really extreme--like wanting to cast a demon out of my 27-inch TV. Or declaring that Oprah is the Antichrist. I'd seen the trailer for this new and controvers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2006
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    September 6, 2006

    Tongue-Talkin' Maniacs

    Till today, most of us heathens thought speaking in tongues was either a Talking Heads album or something Robert Tilton pretended to do. That's why we have Bible Girl on hand, burnin' down the house. A strange noise was coming from somewhere behind me. "Dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee..." I looked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2006

    The Reverend Pimp

    During Terry Hornbuckle's trial, no one ever disputed his womanizing. His attorney just said he didn't need to drug women in order to bed them. That is not an answer to the question: WWJD? Not at all. When I moved to Dallas in 1990, it took me a while to get a clue about Bible Belt religion. First, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2006


    He brought down Robert Tilton, W.V. Grant and Larry Lea, three of Dallas' high-flying televangelists in the early 1990s. And when he wasn't diving in dumpsters to pick through preachers' trash, he was entertaining journalists from around the world at "The Block," Trinity Foundation's collection of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2006

    Doyle on the Brain

    Looks like Doyle Davidson read about himself in the Dallas Observer, according to the latest of his "Messages to Lisa," which was posted yesterday. You might also note that he confuses God and himself in his quotation of Scripture--something that happens fairly frequently in his messages, at least i ... More >>

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    May 19, 2006

    Demons on the Brain

    One of the Friends of Unfair Park has this to say about Doyle Davidson's bizarre theology and some stuff I've written in the past about Pentecostals: Funny, this is the opposite side of the Charismatic movement that you wrote about in one of your earlier blog entries. While I thought that it was a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2006

    Tip o' the Derby to Lone Star Parker

    This Saturday Lone Star Park's all-time top trainer Steve Asmussen will run two horses in the Kentucky Derby—Private Vow and Storm Treasure—and hope to erase a pretty dreadful record in classic competition. Asmussen, who's based in Texas, topped the U.S. trainer standings last year in wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2006
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    April 14, 2006

    Saddle Up

    Lone Star Park opened its 10th season of racing last night, but judging by the horse racing coverage in The Dallas Morning News, a rat peed on cotton somewhere in Grand Prairie. Ten years, folks—at a time when horse racing is struggling to survive as a spectator sport in various parts of the c ... More >>

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    March 31, 2006
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    March 21, 2006

    The Team-wrecker

    During the Ring of Honor induction for the Triplets last fall, I asked Michael Irvin about Terrell Owens and the controversy of the moment—T.O.'s stream of negative comments about Eagles QB and multiple Pro Bowler Donovan McNabb. Irvin, of course, is buddies with T.O., who infamously agreed wi ... More >>

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    March 8, 2006

    M-I-C...See ya real soon, Big Tex

    "Big Tex is a problem. He's our Mickey Mouse." And with those words, Nancy Wiley, a consultant to the State Fair of Texas, kindly requested that we remove Big Tex's dorky visage from Unfair Park. Turns out Big Tex is a registered trademark--"both his name and his image," Wiley said. "You can't have ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2004

    Fairy Good

    Tea and nutcrackers

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    November 20, 2003
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    November 13, 2003

    Carle Kids

    Animation gets motion

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    June 26, 2003

    Siderius, Stuertz Win Awards

    Staffers take home prestigious writing prizes

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    May 8, 2003
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    March 27, 2003

    Funny Face

    Ellen Degeneres has a point

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    November 16, 2000


    Judge Not, Mr. Know-It-All, Young Gun

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    November 11, 1999
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    August 20, 1998
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    March 12, 1998

    Bored to cheers

    DISD board president Hollis Brashear is not an exciting guy. That's why I like him.

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    July 31, 1997
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    June 12, 1997
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