Monthly Archives: February 2013

The key to productivity: A niece.

Who knew? My niece came by for chatter, a walk and lunch with me and her Grandparents.  During the walk, we discussed many things.  College, degrees, jobs, careers, interviews, etc.  She was extra amped over the impending Spring Break (what college student doesn’t get excited by a week off?). I mentioned it was coming at a… Read more »

Spaced out

Just a few minutes ago, I was barren as a desert.  No blog yesterday.  Nothing today.  What would my faithful readership think? “Thanks for small favors” comes to mind, but enough sarcasm.  Read on… Chatting, as usual, brought up the subject of “What Next?” and a reader’s frustration at having it end with so much… Read more »

Write it down!

I came up with a couple of good blog ideas last week.  Really, some very entertaining themes I think you would have enjoyed. Too bad I forgot what they were.  All you get today is this one. Usually, I’m very good about rushing to a pad or a piece of paper or the flap of a… Read more »

Rubbing me the right way

I was chatting with some people yesterday (you’ll find many of my blogs come from chatting with other people) and we were talking about ribs and bbq sauces and tastes. Now, they were talking about oven baking and what not, but thankfully, here in balmy South Florida, we can use the bbq grill all year… Read more »

Phone home

No, this isn’t a blog on how I was influenced by E.T. when I was a kid (although I have great admiration for Steven Spielberg).  We’re done with those blogs for a while. It’s back to the random ramblings of a reasonably regular routine on the Jeffrey M. Daniels blog, so let’s stop this preamble… Read more »

Jack Vance

After a brief respite, we bring to a close our travels through my creative influences, primarily in the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy, with my favorite author, the great Jack Vance. It’s humbling to use my bumbling words to try to describe Mr. Vance’s exquisite prose, but I’m all you have to introduce you to one… Read more »

Philip K. Dick

We’re nearing the end of this “long play” version of my creative influences (still celebrating the release of my second book, “What Next?”).  Today’s creator is the phantasmagorical Philip K. Dick. If you remember that childhood buddy I told you about a few blogs ago, the one that got me to read Larry Niven, well,… Read more »

Out on a limb

        Out on a Limb It’s in the 40’s in South Florida this morning, prompting an appropriate grouping of phrases to edumicate you on…   That’s not a pretty sight! Cold turkey – The expression originates from the goose bumps and pallor which accompany withdrawal from narcotics or tobacco.  The struggling person’s… Read more »

Roger Zelazny

A multiple winner of Science Fiction and Fantasy’s prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, he began writing “professionally” in 1962 (though he was published earlier).  His career ended prematurely at age 58, due to complications from colorectal cancer (an issue I have sadly some familiarity with, having lost my Mom from same), making the breadth and… Read more »

Miss Communication

It’s always nice when we can use submissions from regular readers and Miss C. is happy for the time off from digging in the files for new material. In that spirit of teamwork, here is a piece dedicated to the hardworking mechanics at UPS Airlines. After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form called… Read more »