MY RECENT POSTS
- From Me ..... To You
December 25, 2014 07:38AM
- Lost and Found
December 22, 2014 08:41AM
- A Matter of Distance
December 18, 2014 07:41AM
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- Logic and Fun
December 11, 2014 07:36AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thank you, Phyllis. It
was very quiet, but fine. I
- “Good to know others see
things as I do, "Just." Have
December 22, 2014 12:32PM
- “Truly moving.
Congratulations on a well-done
December 04, 2014 12:44PM
- “A remarkable woman, a
life well lived, and a story
December 04, 2014 10:34AM
- “I agree, jl...and
Zanelle I think you hit the
nail on the
head! Thanks to
October 13, 2014 12:00PM
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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 cons… Read full post »
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 that… Read full post »
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 w… Read full post »
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 table… Read full post »
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 stay… Read full post »
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 u… Read full post »
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 is… Read full post »
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 case… Read full post »
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 's… Read full post »
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 commercials… Read full post »
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 unabl… Read full post »
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 »
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 are… Read full post »
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 interested… Read full post »
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&rd… Read full post »
"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 »
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 b… Read full post »
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 minutes… Read full post »
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 for… Read full post »
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 letters… Read full post »
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 w… Read full post »
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 seasonal… Read full post »
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 banes… Read full post »
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 off… Read full post »