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 […]
Earlier this year the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection revised its fish safety recommendations with little public or media attention. The primary concern for many years has been cancer-causing PCBs that accumulate in fish tissue, especially in the fatty meat. These chemical pollutants are no longer used in industry, but remain in the environment for many years. […]
I am convinced that walking 3 miles/day and reading for an hour has helped unclog my mind and allowed me to create new possibilities in my life. Now reading "The Soloist"; another book that inspires and helps see the world in a new light.
Just finished reading “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” by Dave Eggers. Thinking at age 24; I barely remember. I do remember people (my father and father-in-law) reflected on my thinking as being “of that age” and showed tolerance yet of course I was unaware of it. They might have had a tough time handling […]