All I got for Christmas was food

Welp, here we are, the day after Christmas and I got no presents. No money or gift cards. No special keepsake or memorable trip. All I got for Christmas was food. Full disclosure Of course, in the interest of fairness, I should mention my oft-repeated qualifier that I’m not particularly religious. What religiousness still left… Read more »

What’s next to be sacrificed to change headlines?

I’ve happily stayed away from political posts in general and Trump, specifically, for quite a while. No real need, since the headlines were taking care of that already. But, this last action, sadly, prompts me to return to the distasteful subject. I now ask “What’s next to be sacrificed to change headlines?” It’s been a… Read more »

The cough that changed my life

Signs. Portents. Omens. Some people believe in them, others tend to dismiss them. And while I’m not a particular devotee to concepts like manifest destiny, I do have to point out the significance of the cough that changed my life. Making the call So, our tale begins with the cough. This is before it becomes… Read more »

You can leave your hat on

Apologies to Randy Newman, but it’s the Joe Cocker version I remember. Though neither of them have anything to do with today’s blog post. Because, today’s post is about my great fortune in health over time. Except for one issue, which now has my doctor advising me, “You can leave your hat on.” Healthier than… Read more »

Missing the retail madness

There was a time I used to enjoy shopping. Particularly holiday shopping. This was long before I became a hermit. Even before the burgeoning online shopping phenomenon. Yet, today, as I see more and more holiday ads, I feel a little pang. Perhaps I am missing the retail madness. Way back when We haven’t dusted… Read more »

The greatest show on (American) earth!

Pop the popcorn! Grab the munchies! Put new batteries in the remote! It’s election night in America – the greatest show on (American) earth! Get your votes in, if you haven’t already I went this morning, at 7 am, and there were lines to the parking lot already. Excellent! Maybe all the reasons aren’t as… Read more »

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, NPA

Welp, it’s here again and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m always happy and proud to take part in this great democratic design. It’s not just a responsibility, it’s a pleasure. And, as always, I find myself in the same place. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, NPA…. Read more »

Halloween wrap up, Part Two

And here it is, the final Halloween post for 2018. Following up on yesterday’s wrap up, let’s step back a few days to the big Halloween BBQ. For that is the subject of my Halloween wrap up, Part Two. Shout out to Mom…again That’s right, Mother Nature put me back on the map this year…. Read more »

Halloween wrap up, Part One

A week and a half to build, three weeks on display and three hours to pack it all up. Yes, it’s November 1st and regulars know what that means. Time for the Halloween wrap up, Part One. Shout out to Mom For the first time in long memory, Mother Nature was extraordinarily polite to me…. Read more »

It all comes down to this

The preparations. The planning. The building. The sweat. The aches and pains. Yep, whether it’s all worth it or not is probably more personal than anything. But, for an external measure, it all comes down to this. Not yet perfectly ready Believe it or not. I look at the display and I think, hmm, maybe… Read more »