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- Ossining, New York, United States
- February 28
- I am the author of "Send In the Clown Car: The Road to the White House 2012," currently available on Amazon and CreateSpace. I'm currently semi-retired after 23 years in a corporate environment. My motto: The conventional wisdom has too much convention, not enough wisdom. Corollary: Even Einstein was wrong sometimes, and you're not Einstein.
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Good evening. You’re tuned to talk radio 790 WACK. I’m Dr. Mel O. Mann, and welcome to another edition of Will This Kill Me?, the show where you tell me your irrational fears about what you think is going to kill you. Unlike the other hosts on this station, I will… Read full post »
I rarely discuss my family in public, either in this blog or on social media. Much of what I do say or write is invented or exaggerated for comic effect, which has led some readers to tell me, “Your wife is so funny!” (Trust me, she isn’t.) I have no trouble… Read full post »
As my head hit the pillow and I slowly drifted off into sleep, I had no idea that I was about to endure the worst nightmare I’d ever had.
I was sitting at a desk in an office, as I often do in my dreams, as I did for… Read full post »
THIS WEEK’S CORRECTIONS:
In an article in our sports section on July 28, we stated that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a 20-game suspension from the NFL as punishment for assaulting his fiancée. In fact, the league issued Rice a two-game suspension. The memo we… Read full post »
(After being an answer in Gerald
Anderson’s OS-themed puzzle, I decided to take the
subject into more NSFW territory.)
Want to spruce up your relationship with the crossword lover in your life? Need to redirect your partner’s attention from the grid to the groin? Cruciverbalists (… Read full post »
1. “If winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony is called an EGOT, what do you call it when I’ve also won Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes?”
2. “No, seriously, I don’t think there is room on Mount Rushmore for my face.”
3. “That’s a fi… Read full post »
A writer not writing is practically a maniac within
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Since Christmas, I have published just two new blog posts. I wish I could say it was because I was slaving away on the Great American Novel. I wasn’t. Something depressing happened: I lost the joy of… Read full post »
(This was my first Editor's Pick, back in February 2009. Reason… Read full post »
(First posted on St. Patrick’s Day 2010.)
Today, as on every Saint Patrick’s Day, I’ll don the only green shirt I own (a New York Jets… Read full post »
Fifty years ago today, a horrific and infamous crime occurred in Queens. When Kitty Genovese was murdered while returning home from work in the early morning hours of March 13, 1964, it was merely a blip on the local media radar, one of 636 homicides recorded in New York City that… Read full post »
(Pete Seeger’s death Monday night at age 94 reminded me that five years ago, I had started writing something about Seeger but never finished it. In finishing it, sadly, I had to change the verbs from the present tense to the past.)
I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be… Read full post »
BETHLEHEM – A couple identified only as Joseph and the “Virgin” Mary were arrested last night by Bethlehem police and charged with child endangerment. According to the arrest warrant, they had left their newborn son Jesus outside in a manger at night, exposed to the elements and sur… Read full post »
December is the time for endless ten-best lists. Unfortunately, I don’t read enough current books, or watch enough current TV and movies, to make many useful recommendations. So here are 25 random pleasures I experienced in 2013:
1. George Packer’s The Unwinding follows several Am… Read full post »
Have you kept up with the news in 2013? If so: they let you access the Internet from your mental institution? Test your knowledge below.
1. What plummeted suddenly from the Russian sky on
a. Edward Snowden
b. The members of Pussy Riot
c. The legal rights… Read full post »
[Transcription of a tape I received anonymously in the mail today with no return address.]
I can’t believe it’s been 50 years and you still haven’t figured it out yet.
Last night, I got roped into this – God, I hate the word – meme on Facebook where you list things others may not know about you. I decided to expand it and turn it into a blog post. Some of these are copied from old posts, but I’m… Read full post »
The spider web covered the bushes, the carved pumpkin sat on the front steps, the skeleton hung from the porch light, "Monster Mash" blared on the stereo, and the bowl of candy sat just inside the front door. I was ready for Halloween. With my wife chaperoning the town’s Halloween party,… Read full post »
In honor of tonight’s first game of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals (also known as Con Chapman’s fantasy – he grew up in Missouri as a Cardinals fan and now lives in Boston), I have concocted a bunch of pointless baseball… Read full post »
(This is a repost of something I wrote in September 2010.)
I’ve been reluctant to write about 9/11. After all, I did not lose a loved one that day. I know two people who worked in the Twin Towers, and they both survived, one by evacuation and the other… Read full post »
It’s the first weekend of the NFL season and the league will be asking the same question it’s been asking for decades: “Are you ready for some football?” For the first time, part of me wants to answer, “No.”
I’ve loved sports since I was a young boy. Every se… Read full post »
I’ve been writing pieces that are long and personal, not blog material. Sometimes creating the content feels like pulling teeth and I find myself wishing I would just write something mindless, where I wouldn’t be agonizing over the placement of every word like I was solving a Rubik’… Read full post »
Washington, D.C. is simultaneously the home of our nation’s first minority Presid… Read full post »
[Author George Saunders recently gave a commencement address at my old school, Syracuse University. His theme was that his only regret in life is insufficient kindness. It reminded me of something I wrote three years ago about an incident during my time in Syracuse. I have reposted it here.]
I wish… Read full post »
In response to Jaime Franchi’s recent post, here are ten things I absolutely do not give a crap about. We may agree to disagree about some of them.
1. Google Glass. Though I’m willing to assist Morgan Freeman in testing Google eyelids.
2. Jodi Arias. My brain is already stuffed with… Read full post »
Here is what’s known so far:
On Monday, shortly before 3:00 pm, two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Another bomb was detonated shortly after at the JFK Library.
Twelve people were killed.
Three people were killed and more than a hundred injured.
Shortly before… Read full post »
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