APRIL 14, 2014 7:18AM

Writers and Readers

Yin and Yang  

Over the course of writing more than 20 books, I’ve become increasingly aware that though writers and readers are like yin and yang, there is a tendency for readers to be intimidated by writers. It truly disturbs me to hear a reader say,Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2014 7:59AM

Cassandra's Children

CassandraThere is a war going on. There always is, somewhere, of course. But this is not a war between nations or ideologies, but a war between human beings and the technology we have created, and it is a war we humans are surely losing. 

It's not that we haven'tRead full post »

APRIL 7, 2014 7:57AM


Crapshoot 3

Crapshoot: noun. A risky or uncertain matter. See also: Life

Okay, so I added that last part, but it’s true. Every single action we take or decision we make is a roll of the cosmic dice which determines and alters the course of the rest of our lives. Most of theRead full post »

APRIL 3, 2014 7:58AM



It's human nature, when hearing someone considerably older than yourself tell tales of how different distant yesterdays were from today, to roll your eyes and sigh heavily. It never occurs to us that the older have the advantage of having experienced both "then" and "now" whereas the young havRead full post »

MARCH 31, 2014 7:57AM


Ingrate 1

I don’t like to think of myself as an ingrate, but my entire life points to the fact that I am. And, lest you think I’m being characteristically too hard on myself, I hasten to point out that I most definitely am not alone, nor am I the worst-case example.

BeingRead full post »

MARCH 27, 2014 7:59AM



The roots of who we become as adults are put down when we are children. As a child who never felt comfortable in the real world, I turned to the worlds I found in books and within my own mind. Always a greatRead full post »

MARCH 24, 2014 8:33AM


rainy 1

Though I can’t remember the source, I’ve admire whoever it was who asked, “how is it that people who long for immortality are so easily bored on a rainy Sunday afternoon?”

I do think that individual immortality would be more of a curse than a blessing. (Can you imagineRead full post »

MARCH 20, 2014 7:58AM



Humans are a strange lot. (...That's okay. I'll wait while you go get a pencil to write that down. Just be sure you credit me when you use it.) Ever since our species stopped dragging its knuckles on the ground as it madeRead full post »

MARCH 17, 2014 7:55AM

My Father's Sun


I’ve been thinking of my dad recently. As impossible as it is for me to really comprehend, he’s been dead 45 years now. And as I think of him, I am able to see him, and my relationship with him, with an objectivityRead full post »

MARCH 13, 2014 7:49AM

Worst Enemies


Beat me! Beat me!" cried the masochist. "No," replied the sadist.

The concepts of sadism or physical masochism are utterly beyond my comprehension. To take pleasure from inflicting or seeking out physical pain is inconceivable to me. However, when it comes to mental masochist—to the consRead full post »

MARCH 10, 2014 8:14AM

Little Boy Lost


I have never grown up—a combination of circumstances and deliberate effort. When I was five I had no desire whatsoever to be six. I even now pay only lip service to the fact of being an adult. 

I’ve always been acutely aware thatRead full post »

MARCH 6, 2014 8:25AM

The Spider's Belch

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Okay, I admit it: I have what even I consider to be an unnatural obsession with internet spam, and though I had been fighting with considerable success of late to resist, the temptations are just too great. Internet spam is, metaphorically, an intricately woven spider's web, at the center of wRead full post »

MARCH 3, 2014 7:58AM

On Thinking

car engine  

I do an awful lot of thinking. ... No, let me rephrase that: my mind is like a car with the engine turned on, the gas pedal pushed to the floor, and the gearshift in neutral. This is to “thought” what a tableRead full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2014 7:58AM


Flotilla 4

You may have noticed that I’m rather fond of similes and metaphors for life and the human condition. They are constantly bubbling to the surface of my mind, unbidden. 

Some time ago, I posted a blog comparing life to a leaky little boat, with each of us bailing frantically to stayRead full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2014 7:59AM

Simple Rules


It somehow always comes as something of a surprise every time I'm faced with the fact that life ain't easy, and that the passage through it is frequently chaotic. To bring some semblance of order, rules were invented. Since life is a cumulative learning experience, the rules each person sets uRead full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2014 8:23AM

Titan Arum


There is a rare plant, a native of Sumatra, called the Titan Arum. It can grow in excess of five feet high, is shaped very much like a phallus, and emits an odor like rotting flesh, which has given it the common and charmingly appropriate name of "corpse plant." It isRead full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2014 8:10AM

A Book's Tale


One of the many fascinating things about being a writer is, after a book has been written, to be able to look back on its history…not just on the steps it took to being written, but what consciously or unconsciously prompted those steps. My very first published book is a caseRead full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 8:25AM

Practical Purposes

annaMayWong USE  

What my fascination with statistics and general trivia is, I have no idea (as I have no idea of the why or how of so many things I do), other than that they have no practical purpose. If you ask me, there 'sRead full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2014 7:58AM

Compared to What?

making-comparisonsI often quote one of my favorite bits of wisdom from an anonymous sage: "When people tell me 'Life is hard', I'm always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'" I’ve never understood what there is there in the human psyche that makes us assume that life should be easy. I think… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 6, 2014 7:59AM

Chewing on Tinfoil


Only those who have been unfortunate enough to actually chew on tinfoil can fully appreciate the title of today's blog. My mind being what it is, I found myself this morning making a list of some of the things which induce a similar reaction in me.


The endless Subway commercialsRead full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2014 8:32AM

A Bologna Sandwich

Bologna 2

Shortly after I returned home from Mayo Clinic after my successful treatment for tongue cancer in 2003, I had the indescribably overpowering craving for a huge glass of orange juice, which lasted for days. I was at that point still taking all my nourishment through a stomach tube and was unablRead full post »

JANUARY 30, 2014 7:59AM

Cats and Dogs


I try to avoid talking about my cat for fear of being lumped in with those dear ladies who think if having 16 cats is good, having 27 is better. Rightly or wrongly, people seem to identify themselves as being "a cat person"Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2014 9:17AM



Over the years I have become something of an expert at self-delusion. I can honestly convince myself, short of defying the laws of physics, of almost anything. I hasten to add I am not so delusional that I am unaware that they areRead full post »

JANUARY 23, 2014 7:59AM

The Swiss-Cheese Heart


It’s strange how some people can enter our lives for a relatively brief period, but stay in our minds and hearts for the rest of our lives?

I met Stu and Zane when I entered what was then Northern Illinois State Teacher's College in September of 1952. We were all interestedRead full post »

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 »