After reviewing the results of my lab tests, the doctor said I was doing ‘fairly well’ for my age. Concerned about that comment, I asked him, "Do you think I’ll live to be 80?" "Do you drink alcohol?" "Oh no," I replied. ‘I’m not doing drugs, either!" Then he asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued […]
Men often have trouble developing deep friendships. Dating, spouses and raising a family all present challenges to friendships between men. That was the case with me for many years. I notice that over the past few years I have been blessed with a handful of new friendships. I would drop everything to help if they needed and know I […]
Last night I enjoyed a plate of barbecued oysters; barbecues with salsa; the first for 2009. Early indications are that it will be a strong season at Money Island for oysters, striper and weakfish. Crabbing season picks up soon so we will have a better indication by the end of May.
I’ve always had an odd fascination with new words. Maybe it’s a writer’s thing. Today I saw the word "Nymphomercial" used to describe those ridiculous late nite programs.
a message to my son after a challenging event: You might remember that I commented on this line from Professor Dumbledore when we saw “Harry Potter” together years ago: “It is not through our words that we show who we truly are, but through our actions.” Say what you want – emotional outbursts are a […]
Four passages in “The Soloist” had an impact on me with regard to the book’s primary theme of mental illness. The ending of Chapter 2 is one of the most memorable of the book: “Nathaniel begins to play, slicing through the madness. His eyes are closed, and in his shuttered world there is order, logic, sanity, […]
Four passages in "The Soloist" had an impact on me with regard to writing as a profession. The discussion of Lopez’s journalism career concerns resonated through the book, but I suspect that most readers would not pick this out as a significant theme. I am sensitized to the issues and was very much aware of the ongoing references to the author’s wrestling with concerns […]
Vermont’s legislature voted 2:1 to approve same sex marrages. Meanwhile, proposals in other states continue to push bans on the same. We already know which direction the courts will favor. Anyway it just occured to me that I would be in support of a ban for all marriages. From my own life expereince there is enetered into […]
After squirrels ate all of my flower bulbs for the past two years, I made these wire screens from wire lath mesh sold at building supply stores. Each piece of mesh was cut to fit each planter. After it was in place I covered it with a thin layer of soil. It worked! .
I have probably enjoyed smoked herring fillets for the past forty years but today was the first time I made them myself from fresh fish. As a kid, my father introduced us to King Oscar "kipper snacks" – smoked herring fillets in a can. This was the only canned fish (other than tuna) that we […]