Anti-social networking

Having a web presence today is as much a given as having a car; both seem to be considered indispensable to succeed in your work.  It was no stretch for me to figure I needed a website to communicate with my readers, not only about my writing, but as a locus for general thought and… Read more »

A half-full glass on the bright side of a silver lining

I’m not mindlessly cheerful, I promise.  Heck, I’ve even been accused more than once of being pessimistic.  Neither description fits well, but my arrow tends to point more towards the first. One would have to ignore reality to not see, hear or read about bad things and bad people.  One would also have to be… Read more »

My own personal Peep show

Now going on day five of my imprisonment due to my convalescing foot.  Today was the first day I could almost stand flat on it without jerking like I was on hot coals.  That must mean it’s healing, right? Fortunately, Floridians usually err on the side of a well-stocked pantry/fridge.  This tends to be the… Read more »

Mouthing off

I can’t speak for all writers — well, I suppose I can…it’s not as if they all wait anxiously for each blog and then dissect it for any possible chance to unleash the legions of howling lawyers on me.  Hold on, I’ve got an email. Uh…let me start again. Speaking for myself, I…hold on, another… Read more »

Pain, pain, go away

Unfortunately, the rest of the lyrics are “Come again some other day”.  That day was yesterday, for me. I’m typing this with my left foot awkwardly propped up on top of my desk, to minimize the “day after” pain from my (hopefully) now solved foot issue.  This is not a crying jag based on my… Read more »

I’ve committed to stop smiling

The advancement of electronic communication beyond talking on the phone has ultimately led to a new language.  As it evolves, the language becomes increasingly truncated, not only creating new words but crimping existing ones to a single letter or inventing a whole vocabulary simply based on acronyms, usually the first letter of the words in… Read more »

Considering celebrity

One of the staples of these large conventions is the bringing in of guests.  These range from the relatively obscure to the wildly popular.  The basic law of economics operates efficiently in these situations:  The most in demand “stars” charge high prices for either photo ops or autographs; the most in demand artists charge high… Read more »

Mega memories

Today will be a two-post day, to catch up for missing Monday.  A little support network with my friend and her 6-week old took out a big chunk of the day.  I discovered he likes sucking on my pinky more than his pacifier.  It’s always nice to find new ways to make kids happy. Speaking… Read more »

Buttons and Socks

There is a perfidiousness in this world.  An unnatural, unholy condition which bedevils sage and idiot alike.  So dire is this nefariousness that it manifests itself more than just in a singular occurrence.  This insidious evil has a name.  Be afeared, now, as you read it, for surely will you feel the chill of terrified… Read more »

Above the weather

It’s a beautiful day in sunny South Florida with a rising sun and temperature leading to rising spirits and energy. One of the more popular features in my last newsletter was a section I called “Out on a limb”.  It was devoted to common catch-phrases and their origins (such as the feature title).  In that… Read more »