A home filled with love….and hate

Two words that are overused (or perhaps just carelessly?) in everyday conversation.  I think that tends to unfairly weaken the power of the former and unwisely soften the meanness of the latter. I mean, really, we “love” everything from TV shows to food to inanimate objects.  What does that say about our love for each… Read more »

Did I just type that?

Let’s hop in our way-back machines today and take a short trip.  What’s that?  You don’t have a way-back machine?  Well, you can all pile in mine, but keep your feet off the seats please! Our journey is a quick one this time, just about a year and half ago.  I was given the time… Read more »

“But you’re a man…”

Call it what you will.  Profiling.  Stereotyping.  Prejudice.  Bias.  Inequality.  I strive to avoid either thinking or acting in ways which limit open-mindedness and fight this behavior in others when I can.  Recently, I was almost the victim of such perfidious inconsideration.  By nothing more than my gender, I was nearly precluded from a joyous… Read more »

Under review

Continuing my series of blogs related to the online world, though I had not realized I was “doing” a series, today we’re here to talk about reviews.  Please settle in your seats and turn off the electronics for the short time you’ll be visiting.  I’ll try to keep today’s “lesson” brief, so you can be… Read more »

The weird and wonderful world of online commerce

My Dad called me the other day to talk about many things, as sons and Dads do.  Amongst those varied topics was his confusion over the Amazon listing of my book.  He asked about the used copies of my book already “for sale” and wondered about that and their prices.  I informed him of the… Read more »

Thinking big

Enveloped momentarily by a serendipitous occurrence of lassitude, I was ruminating regarding antecedent proclivities engendered toward loquacious verbiage. I’ve mentioned before how my quest to stop getting whipped by my Grandma in Scrabble led me to devouring reference books like the dictionary and encyclopedias.  Combine a love for words and a competitive nature and you… Read more »

But what do you call a hungry writer?

As I celebrate the publishing of my first book and the subsequent work that must be done to create awareness of it, I began wondering what to call myself now. In its most basic form, obviously, I could finally label myself an author.  I had made a non-existent distinction between the word “author” and the… Read more »

“Waddya mean by ‘hi’?”

Publishing a blog created an interesting question for me:  Was I still allowed to voice an opinion?  Stay with me, it’s not as obvious an answer as it appears. Even the youngest of you reading this have noticed the extreme sensitivity everyone has these days to, well, just about anything.  In my lifetime…let me digress… Read more »

The blog with no name

I was a bit trepidatious (sorry, I get paid by the letter) at having another blog about names so quickly after the last, but as you will shortly see, it’s a totally different tack, so I’m thinking you’ll allow me the redundancy.  Although, let’s be serious, it’s hardly a pitchfork-and-torch offense.  Still, I wanted to… Read more »

“That would make a great movie”

The teenager who said those words was shifting his weight back and forth from his left side to his right.  He was still hanging around despite being unsuccessful in his mission. He had just finished pitching me on why I should give him money and, if he got enough, his school would “kick him out… Read more »