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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A resolution...

Has another year gone by already? Of course it has. And they will only go faster from here on out; after all, I have long since hit the on-ramp for that section of the great highway of life known as “The Downhill Slide Freeway.” Not parkway, not highway, not even frontage road; this is the full... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Because everybody loves a sequel...

There’s a funny thing about writers, musicians, artists – folks of that ilk. We all suffer from a condition I like to call Sally Field Syndrome. That is, we all are dying to know if you really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really like us. Failing that, we want to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Battling the holiday willies...

There’s not much good about getting older. In fact, there are exactly two things I find good about it: one, I’m not dead yet and two, I feel completely free to loudly indentify those things that displease me. While the holidays still bring peace, joy, love and wonder, I do find myself more and more... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Have a merry, scary Christmas!

A few years ago, I thought it would be fun to do a deep dive regarding various holiday traditions around the world. Like all serious journalists, I embarked on an extensive research effort -- nearly 15 minutes surfing the internet -- and as it turned out, I discovered all manner of groovy holiday... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 1, 2017

To boldly go...somewhere...

I recently read where a guy who was planning to take it upon himself to prove the earth is, in fact, flat, hit a roadblock, or rather, a rocket block, as it were. The gentleman is a member of something called the Flat Earth Society, an organization whose members -- either sincerely or as part of an... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mind games...

I’m discovering a lot of things about lower middle age I’m not embracing too gracefully. I don’t like having to carry a pair of reading cheaters everywhere I go, but the alternative is stand fifteen feet away from everything I read. I don’t like the fact that I get up nearly every morning, without... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thankfully Yours...

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again; every day is, in fact, a miracle and a gift. I have nothing, nothing in this world for which I need to be anything other than grateful. This Thursday marks the beginning of that season where being thankful is allegedly supposed to be front and center in our... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's a crock...

Paint me insane, but if I was stranded on a deserted island, I believe the one thing I would want -- besides a couple of beers, of course -- is a great big ol’ crock of soup boiling merrily away atop my signal fire. I can even smell the ingredients – fresh seafood, probably whatever creatures I... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Some gave all

Veterans Day is Saturday and no doubt there will be a number of opportunities to commemorate that special day this week. I think of all the alleged “controversies” occurring these days and I hope that, for all the noise, everyone who ever served or is currently serving understands that we are... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy All Hallows, or some such...

Ah, Halloween! What better time of the year than now to trot new and exciting banalities at which to become offended? First, can I even wish someone a “Happy Halloween” or will that offend, say, Occultist Americans? People have been debating the political correctness of such loaded statements as... Sign in to see full entry.

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