Monthly Archives: March 2013

Is history history?

It’s been a fun ride recently.  My Florida hometown college hoops team made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, my Florida alma mater also made it to the Sweet 16 and my Florida hometown NBA team just completed a 27-game winning streak, which marks it as 2nd longest among the four major… Read more »

Going undercover

‘Tis a sad thing, alas, to be faced with one’s own mortality.  It brings with it many memories, such as life’s experience and loves shared, but it also visits upon us such ravages as only age can.  It is with heavy heart and (appropriately) drooped head that I must face my own personal doom. Once… Read more »

Drawing a new card

It’s my friend’s daughter’s birthday today and I was having a devil of a time picking up a gift for her.  She’s a really sweet kid, never asking for much, even on her birthday.  Amazing as that is, it left me with the same tired things, a visit to Hallmark and then a gift card for some… Read more »

Cleaning up my act

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuPShtmJKbI   After a family outing last week, my car was severely disfigured by some large and unsolicited donations by avian creatures.  Combined with a general layering of dirt so common in South Florida’s breezy and sandy (and road construction) air, my car was in dire need of a wash. Now, it’s not like I… Read more »

%&!# realism

When I was putting the final touches on “What Next?”, I solicited reviews from some readers of “What If?” to get an outside opinion on the book.  Of particular note was a comment from a reader I greatly respect that he was having trouble identifying with Jeremy because “he’s too good”.  We agreed that much… Read more »

It’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to…

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kaR_jfoYL1Q   I’ve been wrestling with writing a new blog for a few days.  Initially, it was going to be a rant on what’s considered realistic writing, but then it occurred to me that a blog like that was entirely self-serving and possibly (probably?) of little interest to anyone else. Normally, I wouldn’t care. … Read more »

Out on a limb

It’s another installment of that highly educational and immensely entertaining (or is that verse vice-a?) feature where you learn just where that phrase or word came from. Sit back (you shouldn’t be so close to the screen anyway) and feel the knowledge just ooze into you… Before they were fashionable, they were functional. Trench Coat… Read more »

Miss Communication

This month’s installment: “I was misquoted!” (some oldies, but goodies)   “Smoking kills.  If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.” Brooke Shields in an interview to become spokesperson for an anti-smoking campaign.   “I haven’t committed a crime.  What I did was fail to comply with the law.”  David Dinkins,… Read more »

Hold please…

Are you afflicted like me?  I can’t stop and it’s bugging me, how about you? I mean, it was cool when it first came out.  Think of how convenient when you needed a break or something important came up. Yeah, I’m talking about the “pause” button. At first, it was nothing short of a miracle! … Read more »

People, people everywhere and not a job to find…

We have serious problems troubling the world.  Violence in the streets and violence in the homes.  Wars between foreign countries and wars in foreign countries.  Divisions over culture and divisions over politics.  Worldwide ecology that is rotting and worldwide economies that are rotten. In all of that, is the trial of a person searching for a… Read more »