This Surprising August

This Surprising August

The full draft that I had worried in July was NOT close to being finished, is, as August ends, NEARLY DONE...

That Matter Of Life Or Death

That Matter Of Life Or Death

Presumably - and we hope - today will not be THE last day. But every morning, every day now, I suspect, could be that day. We brace ourselves so we are not shocked.

Maybe I Need The Mari-jah-wah-na?

Maybe I Need The Mari-jah-wah-na?

Maybe I should partake of some of what a great aunt called "the mari-jah-wah-na" that I was such a square I would never try when I was young and actually sensible? Would that relax me?

Men’s Journalings

Men’s Journalings

I feel public writing is better for our "mental health" than private writing.

Jabbed At Last

Jabbed At Last

If ANY approved jab is available to you, don’t be foolish. Listen to doctors and have it.

“I just didn’t want to be alive any more”

“I just didn’t want to be alive any more”

Nothing in that "interview" with the duchess was more upsetting, I felt, really, than her stating she had wished not to live any longer.

If This Is Your Worst Of Times

If This Is Your Worst Of Times

This may be a difficult season of the year for many even in good times. However, 2020 is perhaps the worst Christmas season in decades. For many more people than usual it is indeed the absolute worst Christmas of their lives.

This Winter Of Disarray

This Winter Of Disarray

What the hell has happened? Many in the country are clearly fearful of innovation, fearful of the future, indeed seemingly fearful of EVERYTHING they do not immediately understand.

Hurdles Of Pandemic Travel

Hurdles Of Pandemic Travel

Hello! I know I have been quiet this past week. Let me explain: We are in New York, in the Catskills, at our house here, and have just completed a "mini-quarantine" under New York anti-Covid guidelines for arriving travelers.

Half A Decade Ago

Half A Decade Ago

I took a moment to be alone with her: I kissed her now lifeless forehead, and paused as I thought briefly on how while her troubles were mercifully over our lives going forward would never be the same...

Extraordinary Times

Extraordinary Times

Given my relatively low author profile, when I think about it I am awestruck at how many of my books have been bought over the years. But this 2020 is not just any year; these are extraordinary times.

To Dad, In America

To Dad, In America

Dear Father:

I presume if you are reading this that this letter has reached you safely.

A House (Always Somewhat) Divided

A House (Always Somewhat) Divided

There is ... a small ... segment of American society of a "supremacist" bent that seems forever unwilling to admit or even able to comprehend that the rest of the world is not by definition inferior or the planet Mars.

75 Years On

75 Years On

During the day I found my mind drifting to thinking about several of my family who served in uniform.

The Real Cowards

The Real Cowards

I open Twitter regularly to find brave retweets about not messin' with Texas, and Jefferson quoters telling us this is all invented. It's just a bit of flu, they declare. We all gotta die of "sumthin", they add...