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83 Problems

September 10, 2017

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Love God and do what you will. — St. Augustine Early in my teens, one afternoon it hit me like a ton of bricks: I really wanted to get involved with girls. It was clear as day, as if someone suddenly had switched on the sun. Within months I had a girlfriend, the first of […]

Buzz Kill — a short story

July 30, 2017

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Nobody can hurt me without my permission. — Gandhi These days, every time I watch a TV drama where the hero hooks up with a young woman and they retire to a bedroom and start undressing and groping, inevitably — invariably — the guy asks, “Are you sure you want to do this?”  The young […]

Pagliacci

July 2, 2017

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Laugh, clown, so the crowd will cheer! Turn your distress and tears into jest, your pain and sobbing into a funny face. — Ruggero Leoncavallo Out of the blue, a friend played for me a famous piece of music, a tragic song about a man trapped in his own anguish. My friend felt deeply touched […]

Letter to Jeff Bezos — a short story

June 18, 2017

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Jeff Bezos is closer than ever to becoming the world’s richest person. — news item “Dear Mr Bezos: I LOVE Amazon! I use it constantly. I grab my friends by the lapels and shake until they agree to join Amazon Prime (the greatest bargain since time began!), and I thank God every night that you […]

Stray Quippy

May 14, 2017

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It’s easy to tell that our old friend Quippy has something important to say: he’ll show up at The JimBlog’s editorial offices, commandeer a computer, and start typing away, talons clicking furiously. We don’t object, partly on account of those talons and partly because Quippy always has interesting and pithy things to say about life […]

A Fine Mess of Violence

April 23, 2017

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Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into. — Laurel and Hardy When I was a kid, Saturday mornings were for watching cartoons and goofball comedies. Merry Melodies, Looney Tunes, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges. And on primetime there was Huckleberry Hound and The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. These programs often relied on slapstick […]

The Angry Goatee

April 9, 2017

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    As a freshman in college, I grew a goatee. A nod to my newfound freedoms, it was also a sop to the beards of the Hippy movement. I felt more with-it, more confident. These days, lots of young guys grow beards. It seems to have started about 10 years ago, when our film […]