A little bit of this and a little bit of that


May 08
I am a recently retired educator. My passions are writing, blogging, digital photography, and the New York Giants-- not necessarily in that order. I have written many short stories, essays, and opinion pieces. I have written 3 fiction novel manscripts. As my life has become more complicated, I no longer have the time to devote to novel-sized pieces so I enjoy blogging because it allows we to write but do it quicker. My passion is digital photography. I love to create images that tell stories and evoke emotion. As for the Giants? Well they were the Superbowl champs. 'Nuff said!


Not “When” but “If”—or Science 101


I just read an article on the WTOP website in Washington, D.C., entitled, “Can D.C. Survive “Unstoppable Ice Melt”? They article is based on a recent piece in which scientists argued that the Antarctic icecap/… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2014 1:52PM

The Sad Face of Dementia

The Sad Face of Dementia

I am an only child. I am about to turn 67. I have an aunt who just turned 97. My dad is 93 and my mom is 91. Wow, longevity seems to be on my side. I have a long time to go.  The… Read full post »

A New Disease: Technological Unemployment

I just read an article in The Economist entitled, “The Future of Jobs: The Onrushing Wave.” Fascinating reading. It was loaded with food for thought. So since my brain was hungry, I looked at the economic menu and made some selections. And it got/… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2014 1:53PM

The Power Grid Electric

The Power Grid Electric

Adam Kredo, who writes for The Washington Free Beacon just published an article about how vulnerable our national power grid is, and that we need to take action to better protect it. Surely, by now, this is not news. Folks have been writing about it, inside/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 11:00AM

McDonald's is Not My Kind of Place


McDonald’s Is Not My Kind of Place

I have taken a long break from blogging; I have a lot of things going on at the moment that require my blogging to go on the back burner for the time being. But I saw this today and I just… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2013 12:16PM

Videogames & Elvis Impersonators

Videogames and Elvis Impersonators

            I haven’t been posting for a while but I had to write this one. I was watching the football game yesterday and during each commercial break they played a commercial for Xbox or any of a run of/… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2013 2:50PM

The Social Security Bingo Game

The Social Security Bingo Game

            There are some letters that can strike fear into a man. Letters like the IRS, or the FBI. And there are still others that cause dread and loathing, such as the DMV—Department of Motor Vehicles, or/… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2013 10:52AM

DigitalDementia-- Who Knew?

           Digital Dementia-- Who Knew?

From the title, you might think that I am writing some kind of semi-witty article. But I assure you, this is not the case. I want to talk about a phenomenon that scientists and medical experts are now referring/… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2013 3:07PM

When Did Dad Get So Dumb?

When Did Dad Get So Dumb?

            I don’t watch a lot of television.  But as I watch the many commercials and sitcoms on TV, I get angrier and angrier. I want to know, when did dad get so dumb? Going back to the ‘50’s/… Read full post »

Smart Phone Smart, Users Not So Smart

            First we had cordless phones, then we had mobile phones, then we had cell phones, and now we have smart phones. They are triumphs of technical genius. It seems like almost everyone past age ten h/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2012 3:20PM

The Christmas Tree

          OS Fiction Weekend:The Christmas Tree 

  "Hurry up, Petey!" my father shouted as I grabbed for my coat.

             "Wait a minute, dad, I'm not ready yet!" I shouted back. "I can't find my boots!"Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2012 1:28PM

Run This Up the Flagpole

Flagpoles have always had a positive meaning  to them. They hold flags and most people like flags. They serve as symbols, such as national flags, or state flags, or corporate flags. We even hang flags of our favorite sports teams. But if you live in Iran, saluting the flag may have… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2012 1:30PM

Monkey in the Middle

Now that the smoke and dust have cleared, it is time to take a look at what happened when Hamas dared Israel to respond as they launched hundreds of Iranian-provided missiles into Israel.

The most obvious thing is that Hamas suffered enormous losses to their missile stockpiles. On the first… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2012 12:34PM

OS Fiction Weekend: Square Pegs

For OS Fiction Weekend, here is the first chapter of a novel called "Square Pegs." Hope you like it.

Square Pegs-- Chapter 1 

         Lonnie Callum and Jackie… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2012 4:15PM

PHOTO: Woman in a Doorway

Recently we had trouble with our cable company. It seems there was a prioblem that mainfested itself as "tiling" on the screen. The picture would literally dissolve into thousands of pixel tiles. My neighbor, also a photographer, and etremelly gifted, saw it as a chance for art. He began photographin… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 3:02PM

The Curse of the Shopping Spree

OS Fictiion Weekend:  

The Curse of the Shopping Spree

            The English language has approximately 500,000 words, and these words, in and of themselves, are quite… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2012 3:43PM

PHOTO: The Mystic River at Night

This image was taken standing on the dock behind the Steamboat Inn as you look towards the drawbridge with it's two giant caisson counterweights. Across the river are shops and a public park. It is and was a beautiful place to sit and watch the world float by...

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AUGUST 20, 2012 3:10PM

PHOTO: Boats Along the Mystic River

I was standing on the big drawbridge with the 2 giant caisson counterweights. Behind me was the Mystic River, with some boats tied to the docks in front of million dollar condos. What a life. Let the good times roll!

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AUGUST 2, 2012 12:41PM

OS Fiction: A Chance of a Lifetime

                      OS Fiction: A Chance of a Lifetime 

As the plane flew low over London’s rooftops, Richie West had no way of knowing that this would be his best day and his worst day. In fact, he had no idea that it… Read full post »

Fiction: A Better Place to Be

 Bennie Dean is a tiny little man with a crooked little smile who marks the passage of his day following the rituals of breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a Continuing Care Center. But do not be sad for Bennie Dean,… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2012 11:27AM

This Can't Be A Good Thing

As any of you who have read my blog can attest, I have written many blog pieces about the Middle East and about the Iranian situation. As you also know, I have taken a respite from writing about the events gong on in and around the Persian Gulf for the past… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2012 12:13PM

PHOTO: Colonial Light Play

There is a very cool museum located along the shore in Old Lyme, CT. It is the Florence griswold Museum-- the home of American Inpressionism. The main house is the quintessential example of Colonial architecture-- known as  "5-4 and a door" construction. There are five windows upstairs, four dow… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2012 3:51PM

Open Salon Fiction: Fat Cat

Fat Cat learns that caring for others can change one's perceptions and one's attitudes for the better. And so, I present Fat Cat.


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JUNE 20, 2012 2:39PM

Hungry? Food For Thought

As I have often said, I don't like to cut and paste entire articles. But I came across this one from Videomaker online that focuses on those who videotape the police only to find themselves under arrest. It contains things you need to know, things you didn't know, and some additional… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2012 11:25AM

Riding the Line

Riding The Line

         Rosie McClusky loved to ride the bus. She loved the way it wound its way through the sleepy city early in the morning and she loved the way it meandered back to her stop later in the afternoon. Rosie always sat on the right… Read full post »