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Purple Hearts and a Little Politics

Just this last weekend, I was talking to a gentleman. I won’t say who or where he was, because I don’t know if he’d approve of tossing his name or establishment into this posting. He was talking about his past life and mentioned that he was in Vietnam. I asked, “What branch?” He said, “I […]

Showering, the Gift

I was with some of my writers group. Well, it’s not “my” writers group, but they’ve accepted me, so I can claim them. It’s a very cool writers group. I was in another writers group in the ’90s, and not to say too much negative about that one, but it was the kind of group […]

The Clash of Art and Mark(et)

The Clash of Art and Mark(et)

You probably don’t know this, because why would you? But I’m trying to get a book sold to an agent. Besides the two novellas and collection of short stories listed on the home page here, I’ve written two novels and am 90-plus percent done with a third. One novel is a Serious Novel. It has […]

Medical test. This won’t hurt.

My healthcare rant. This isn’t a criticism of the Affordable Care Act specifically. It’s about the status quo, which hasn’t really changed, at least for us, for about 20 years. Or more. I hadn’t gone to the doctor because I’m feeling fine. But they called. It’s been a while, and I did have a heart […]

Keith Emerson

I don’t know if some notable deaths are affecting me because I’m old and weak now, or if some people who have been really important to me have gone away in a group. No celebrity death really affected me, and by that I mean personally and profoundly, until August of 2014. Robin Williams. He had […]

Harper Lee, RIP

Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, has died. Obviously, I like to write, whether it’s material for trade journals, short stories, novellas, books, or even a blog, But so much of it comes from an outgrowth of a book I began to write in the late ’90s. It’s finally finished, and it’s my […]

The Role of Government

I’m being told for a given issue, “That’s not the role of government.” I don’t get that. Here in the U.S., as a democratic republic, the role of government is what the people deem it to be. Whether it’s predatory capitalism or stifling socialism, or somewhere in between (which thankfully is the case at present)e, […]

Apologies to all who visit

Apparently, this site was the subject of some hacking and malware infestation.  The malware was directed to my administration of it, but it set off alarms when people came to access it. Yes, this site which is free and does nothing more than host the ramblings of some old guy in Colorado, USA. Not writing […]

Grandpa’s Guide To Sensible Men’s Fashion

Not meant to be an eternal guide. Items will be added and/or dropped as times change and whim occurs. If you struggle to button the top button of your shirt, go up a size (and start eating/drinking less). If your pants pockets splay out, go up a size (and start eating/drinking less). Learn to tie […]

This Is The Guy We’re Looking For

When you get to one point in this, just accept that I’m a sentimental old fool. I was working in my office, and Grandma calls up from downstairs, “Come here, quick!” Figuring along the lines that she’d dropped a piece of family china (hey, it’s just stuff), or maybe had spilled her drink, and just […]