My breakfast with Alexa

The robot and I had a good conversation this morning. I forget the first exchange but just remember it was existential. So that got followed up with:   “Alexa, what is the meaning of life?” “It can be a number of things. But 42 is a good approximation.”   Okay, that was kind of clever. […]

November 10, 2018

This is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean Me: active duty, 1974-1978. Rank upon discharge: sergeant. There are times when it’s hard to consider myself a “real” Marine. I was in during a time that I’ve termed the Vietnam Hangover. […]

A Dog’s Keen Sense

Shisan is a dog. Just a dog. Smarter than all of us. We have been educated by scraps of schooling, by long-lost or dead parents, by surviving in an existence that bleeds our souls from us. But Shisan is the one who knows the most and is never wrong. Shisan has a distinct language. When […]

Chicken and Egg – the Answer

The question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, is presented as a lighthearted conundrum. If the egg came first, well, then, what laid the egg? If the chicken came first, hey, how about the egg from which the chicken had to emerge? But there really is an answer. I think. Well, first […]

Autumn, food, football, family

During football season, the Eldest comes over to watch our favored team play. We want them to win, of course, but we’ve been disappointed these last two seasons. That’s all right. They’ve won their share in the past, given us our share of atavistic triumph over the years, and it’s all fun. Unless it’s not, […]

Jalapeno poppers, my style

Well. I see it’s been way too long – like over a year and a half – since I offered a recipe story. It’s probably time, at least if some of you might be curious, and how would I know that, to offer another. I was interested in making jalapeno poppers in a practical way […]

The Write Purpose

I get asked by arguably too-kind people from time to time, “Why aren’t you with some publisher to get your books more widely distributed? Your stories are as good as some of the stuff that I pick up off the shelves.” (I love to hear that, by the way, so don’t hesitate to say so […]

Class Act

I have become convinced that if it appears that you have money, the world wants to make you an alcoholic. First off, understand that I don’t have money. Well, okay, I have resources to a level that 99% of the people who have ever lived on this rock would envy, and that means I am […]

Unlucky In Love

My name is Lane. You know, like the Cherry one that Puff the Magic Dragon used to play along, and if you don’t know about it, you should because it’s sweet and charming. Go to YouTube and search for “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. And the story, besides being sweet and […]

The Right Thing

I rolled down the interstate in my Acura, heading out of the city under a searing, oppressive sun, the highway traffic as crowded as my thoughts. I was driving to a deposition, usually an event of some fancied import, even if the only net effects are to harass my overburdened opponent and annoy the witness. […]