JANUARY 20, 2014 7:59AM



We live in a silly world, and the word “silly” does not always imply frivolously amusing. It is much more the dictionary definition: “Having or showing a lack of common sense or judgement; absurd and foolish.” From my personal observation, I’d say “absurd&rdRead full post »

JANUARY 16, 2014 8:18AM

A Chat


"Why are you sitting here playing solitaire when there are 10,000 other things you should be doing?"

"I don't know. Probably because I don't want to do any of the 10,000 other things."

"You have a novel to finish."

"And I will. When I get around to it. It won't be… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 7:59AM


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I’ve seen photos of dinosaur footprints made in mud millions of years before Man first made his appearance upon the stage. The mud through which the dinosaurs walked has turned to rock, but the footprints remain. And like the dinosaur footprints, many impressions made by and upon human bRead full post »

JANUARY 9, 2014 8:12AM

Listen Up!


Okay, people: listen up. I’ve had enough of this crap, and am planning a coup to take over the world. Once I do, here are a few of the changes that will be instituted immediately.

As I understand it, the game of football is divided into four quarters of fifteen minutesRead full post »

JANUARY 6, 2014 8:01AM

If at first....


I don’t like being hard on myself, but how can I possibly not be? I live on a slippery slope and I am wearing shoes coated in grease. The simplest things and concepts for others are all but impossible for me. The most recent example?

I need the correct spelling forRead full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 8:16AM

Once Upon a Volcano

Fairy tales often begin with the words “Once upon a time,” and in a way, this blog, which was originally a letter written by an achingly young sailor to his parents fifty-eight years ago today.

A World Ago: A Navy Man’s Letters Home, 1954-1956 is an e-book compilation of my lettersRead full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2013 8:29AM

To Quote Popeye, ....


To quote Popeye, “I yam what I yam.” And what I am, what I always have been, and what I shall always be, is gay.

I became aware I was “different” at about the age of five, though it wasn’t until considerably later that I found this “difference” had a wRead full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2013 8:00AM

Once Upon a Co-Op

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When I moved from Los Angeles to Pence, Wisconsin in 1983 to open a bed and breakfast, I soon found that unless one has an independent income, a bed and breakfast is not a good idea…especially in an area so dependent on seasonalRead full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2013 8:00AM



I suppose that for someone whose mind operates like a runaway concrete mixer, it is not surprising that when it comes to my daily life, I so seldom actually stop to think before I do something. It has been one of the banesRead full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2013 8:00AM

"The Normal Heart"

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I awoke at four a.m., thinking about last night’s performance of the current Chicago production of Larry Kramer’s searing The Normal Heart, the story…no, a story…of the emergence of an unnamed killer we finally came to call AIDS.

Like tearing the scab offRead full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2013 8:00AM

On Being 80

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On November 14, 2013, I became eighty years old. I can say it with a casualness I am totally incapable of feeling. Me? Eighty years old? I find it similar to staring at the Rosetta Stone and knowing it has great significance, without having any idea of what it says. IRead full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 8:23AM



I do not handle frustration well. I do not handle many things well, but that's fuel for a future blog.

One would think that having spent a great portion of one's life being frustrated, one would become used to it. One would be wrong.

I'm sure 20 years or so onRead full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2013 8:10AM



There are many definitions of the word “logic," but I prefer this one: "the quality of being justifiable by reason." The problem with that one, though, is that the word "reason" has a number of definitions of its own. 

Like all things not scientifically provable--truth, for example-Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2013 8:00AM



I often wonder, my mind being what it is, how we ever manage to function, either as individuals or as a society. There is, granted, considerable evidence to support the premise that we don’t, and that the world is a huge house of cards forever in the process of crumbling.

HowRead full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2013 8:25AM

The Dictionary Schizophrenic

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schizophrenia |ËŒskitsəˈfrÄ“nÄ“É™, -ˈfrenÄ“É™|, noun: a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading toRead full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 8:00AM

The Reluctant Cynic


For someone who really considers himself an optimist and as such strongly decries cynicism, I fear I give in to cynicism far more often than I care to admit. Of course, I prefer to think of myself as being more jaded than cynical,Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2013 8:00AM



Life is a lot like a teeter-totter, in that balance is always strived for and seldom if ever achieved. We are all constantly going through the ups and downs of happiness and misery, success and failure, and too often having our rear-ends slammed jarringly on the ground. Getting both ends ofRead full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2013 9:22AM

In, but not Of

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When I was very young, having one day seen God looking down at me while I was watching clouds, I was utterly convinced that I was very, very special and that I would one day do great and marvelous things. To some degree,Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2013 7:59AM

I, Philistine

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philistine: a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them

It is not that I am either hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, but I do tend to have far less understanding of them than I should. I haveRead full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 8:43AM

Political Correctness

BlackI’ve never opened a blog with a caveat/disclaimer before, but when I wrote and sent this one to my friend/webmaster Gary, he wisely pointed out the following: 


I think, by the way, that you miss the whole point of political correctness.  You focus on your past and thRead full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2013 8:27AM

The Haunted Mouse


I do not wear a tinfoil hat, nor do I see conspirators in every passing stranger. And just as I am an agnostic because logic will not allow me to be positive that there is a God, I also cannot believe without aRead full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2013 8:06AM

A Matter of Words


It all comes down to words. Without words, there would be no language. Without language, there would be no civilization. Of all the things that set Man apart from every other creature on earth, it is words. They are infinitely malleable and, depending upon how they are put together to formRead full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2013 7:59AM

I Do Not Go Gentle...


Why am I so obsessed with being old? Why is it still a horrendous shock to realize that I, eternally young in mind and heart, am suddenly old in body? What happens to people as they age? When do they find themselves notRead full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2013 8:00AM



Our society is so increasingly complex and difficult for any single individual to fully comprehend, let alone keep up with, that we are often totally unaware of the erosion of those things which raise humans above the other animals.

Simple honesty is aRead full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2013 8:34AM


HypeHave you noticed how ours is increasingly a culture of superlatives? Nothing is simply "good" anymore--it's 

"marvelous"/"amazing"/"stupendous"/"incredible." And even in punctuation, the old standby sentence-ending "period" is going the way of the dinosaur, being replaced by the exRead full post »