Side Effects

May 7, 2017

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The best laid plans of mice and men / Gang aft agley. — Robert Burns You never know what’ll happen. You start one thing and that sets off something else you didn’t expect, and pretty soon you’re in a whole different situation. For instance, not long ago I had oral surgery and ended up with […]

Ford or Tesla? — a short story

April 30, 2017

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“There’s a Ford and a Tesla available.” “How much is the Ford?” “About sixty cents a mile.” “And the Tesla?” “Maybe a buck.” “A dollar?!? Forget it. The Ford’s cheaper. And it’s a perfectly good car.” “Sure, but the Tesla has that terrific sound system. And the seats are super-comfy. Besides, this is our anniversary. […]

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 […]

Trump and the Fire Hose

April 16, 2017

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Years ago I heard someone say, “The presidency is like a fire hose — lots of power rushes through it, but it’s hard to move.” I took that to mean that everything you do, as the most powerful person on Earth, is constrained by precedent, tradition, opposition, and tactical limitations. I mentioned the quote to a […]

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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 […]

What Are Friends For? — a short story

April 2, 2017

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“We need to talk.” “Uh, okay.” “I’m leaving.” “What, you’re moving?” “No. I’m leaving you.” “You’re leav— what? What do you mean? What did I do?” “Nothing. You’re fine. But I have to leave. I’ve … I’ve fallen in love with someone else.” “Someone else? Wait, don’t do this. Let’s talk about it.” “It’s over. […]

Einstein Said It

March 19, 2017

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                                                      Some people think that Albert Einstein’s name is magical. If they want to convince you of something or sell you something they invoke his revered name to prove that […]