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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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Just how weird is this blogger, anyway?

Black Cat's posting about pets, or lack thereof, got me to wondering just how far have I gone on the weird animal/indulgent pet daddy spectrum. I mean, I truly become sad when I see road kill -- even going so far as to pray for the dead critter's soul, even though I'm not much of a praying man.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bob Vila does not live here...

And I can prove it. Just look at my thumb, or my roof. My thumb should be swollen to about the size and color of a Hubbard squash due to repeated near misses with a hammer and my roof should have several lightning scores on it. Who says the Good Lord can’t hear what you say? My problem is... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fear and loathing in the remote control...

Yet another thing I’ve noticed about my galloping downhill ride into curmudgeon - hood is my intense and ever growing dislike of television. More specifically, I am annoyed – nay, I am disturbed and offended – by most everything I see these days, from a plethora of utterly mindless content to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Clearing up a few misunderstandings...

Lately, I’ve been just a little chafed with what I see as an uptick in invasive contacts. More specifically, I’m irritated with the number of unsolicited sales pitches I’ve been seeing of late. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the bottom line remains the same. Someone wants something,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Clowns to the left of me...

I always felt a little different from everyone else, like I was a man ahead of my time. I’m talking, of course, about my abject, spine-curling fear of clowns. It may have been the drunken creep on stilts I encountered at my first circus when I was four. It may have been a surreptitiously watched... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Living the dream?

I’ve always been plagued by an active, somewhat bizarre imagination. Some of the dreams I’ve had over the years have been real doozies. I used to think they actually meant something or perhaps augured some opaque but important future event. Alas, as I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve concluded it... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

More sensory overload

There’s something about longer days and warmer weather that really tickles the senses. For instance, pollen tickles my nose hairs and makes me sneeze loudly and repeatedly. I’m afraid to sneeze into my elbow because I sense it will blow my arm right out of the socket. But that’s nothing compared to... Sign in to see full entry.

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