Monthly Archives: March 2016

Getting a handle on it

There is no question that the level to which I can take my procrastination can reach legendary status. It both annoys and amuses me the way in which this character flaw reveals itself. Most recently, it was after some gutter work on the house. No, I am not so gifted that I can replace a gutter… Read more »

Unwelcome

For more than a week, the JMD blog has devoted space to serious topics, verging on dark. Now comes the ultimate in darkness and severity. A topic long held back from addressing but finally can be delayed no more. Today’s topic is doormats. Yea, those supposedly helpful things that sit in front of the door… Read more »

Death, poverty and the pursuit of misery

It’s difficult to grasp the concept. Birthed and raised on freedoms including speech and religion, the fanatic adherence to one single doctrine at the expense of all other points of view is difficult to fathom. Without making light of the situation, we can see a microcosm of that attitude in the passionate following of sports… Read more »

Divided we stand

Controversy Week continues with my series of posts in response to the dumbfounding 2016 presidential nomination campaigns. Once upon a time, there was a belief in something called common courtesy. It included simple things like respecting elders, being polite to people, holding a door open for someone and saying please and thank you. Somewhere along… Read more »

Trade-in value

Continuing with “Controversy Week” on the JMD blog, prompted by the head-scratching presidential nomination process this year… It appears there’s one thing every candidate agrees on this year:  free trade deals are the root of all evil. To properly examine this belief and expose its flaws would require a much longer post to explain in… Read more »

Constitution or bust

It’s “Controversy Week” on the JMD blog, spurred by the chaotic presidential nomination process currently kicking up dust across America…   Throughout the early campaign process, before the insults and innuendo drowned out most other discourse, there were a number of outraged Republican hopefuls staking their claim as Defender-in-Chief of the Constitution of the United… Read more »

Wr…? I’m never wr…!

For over seven years and more than 800 posts I’ve scrupulously avoided blogging about anything controversial (except for one post about a dog owner that earned me a Facebook troll). This year’s presidential election process is like nothing I’ve ever seen before and it’s shattered my restraint on one of the most sensitive of topics: politics…. Read more »

Sometimes I have to look for the weird

And sometimes it just comes to me. For example, in the last two days, I received two new reviews of my first book, “What if?”. In one, the reviewer takes me to task for unbelievable dialogue while the other lauds me for its correctness. One was disappointed and the other pleased (yet the ratings only… Read more »

The height of dreaming

I had a weird dream the other night. It’s been said that there is little more boring than having someone tell you their dreams. Even if a few of my blog readers might be employed in the psychiatric field, I won’t be testing that theory in this post. Generally speaking, it’s not a concern relatives, friends… Read more »

Write around the corner

I went out to eat lunch on the beach yesterday. It was cloudy and the 15-20 mph wind brought white-capped waves to pound the sand. The wind made it impractical to eat, but I stayed out there for a while in short sleeves and shorts. Despite the occasional chill from the wind, I managed the… Read more »