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Monday, May 1, 2017

Sing along with Strat...or not...

I don’t know what the psychological term for it is, but we all do it. It’s that condition where you start singing a song everyone knows in theory but you hopelessly botch the lyrics because you’ve heard them in your head that way for so long. The classic illustration is that scene in the movie... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Song of the late blooming Red Bird: Reprise

A lot of posts around here have got me to thinking of late. Thinking about what's important. What's even vital. What is and what should never be, to crib from Robert Plant. Dang all ya'll anyway -- I hate it when I start thinking... At any rate, all that cogitation spurred me to disinter another old... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Doctor, doctor...

It’s almost time for my periodic visit to my doctor. He’s actually an old friend and a good guy – and I still hate going to see him, at least in a professional capacity. As a long time, card-carrying hypochondriac, I have had every horrible condition known to human kind, from Bubonic Plague to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Observations but no answers

The late, great George Carlin was a man of many inspired observations on our society. One of many things he noted, and rightfully skewered, is the fact that you don’t really see many class clowns any more – because their parents put them all on Ritalin. Even before we got into the pros and cons, of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Darwin is watching: Reprise

here’s an old joke: What are a redneck’s last words? “Hey ya’ll, wartch this!” As I just shamelessly cribbed an old joke, I’ll continue the trend by taking a line from Al Gore. “I invented the Darwin Awards.” Okay, not really. But hey, I’m astonished I’m still around considering the extraordinarily... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 10, 2017

"You will be assimilated ..."

If you watched 60 Minutes Sunday, you might have seen the latest scare piece about how the Silicon Valley is working very hard to warp and control minds across the planet via phone apps and social media. All I can say is, “ho hum.” I’ve seen the same tired old scare tactics being trotted out every... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 7, 2017

OK, Black Cat -- this is why I shouldn't own a gun...

This one is a re-run for Black Cat -- ultimately, it's why I don't need a gun around the house. I actually do have one, but like Barney Fife, I keep it unloaded. Unlike Barney, I don't even keep one bullet nearby. This happened several years ago, but it's still pretty funny and I always keep it in... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The lighter side of the dark...

Many years ago, possibly as far back as my college days, I had a conversation with a young lady with whom I had occasionally kept company at the time. As I recall, she asked me if I found humor in everything. Maybe it was the squirting purple carnation festooned in the 9-inch-wide lapel of the fire... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Because this blogger's passionate about it!

I’m trying recall the last time I actually took the time to dispense a load of good advice to people I barely know. It’s been awhile, but maybe it’s time to get back into the game. Why? Because I’m passionate about it; that’s why. For example, I may not be a teacher -- heck, I don’t even have kids,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don't really need to know why...

I used to wait until Thanksgiving to think deep thoughts of gratitude. That's the season during which being thankful is allegedly supposed to be front and center in our thoughts and deportment. Then one day I realized, you know what? It's pretty nice to still be on this side of the grass -- sure... Sign in to see full entry.

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