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A Man of a Certain Age

This is the hard part: I don’t know where to start this. I don’t want to sound like a drooling old pervert, but the fact was, she was quite pretty and I found myself glancing at her in that way that I imagine all older men of mine do – wanting to look, wanting to admire, wanting to imagine, but not wanting to get caught at it. If this was a love story, I would begin it there: with me looking, but trying not to look.

Punctuation Is Taking Over My Life

Funny thing – I’m starting to talk as if I’m sending a text. Awhile ago my daughter suggested I get a smart phone, so I looked around and after a while found something that fit my budget: an android phone and Virgin Mobile. That was about five years...

Looking at an Unusual Search Engine: Seenapse

  I’m not sure what to make of a new search engine’ an inspiration engine, which is still in it’s infancy: Seenapse, . Right now, it might not be better than Google for what it does – brainstorm and draw associations – but as the...

It’s the Little Unexciting Things

Years ago I thought I was the only person who had some of the thoughts and ideas that I called mine, yet every day I discover someone who has been thinking pretty much the same thing I’ve been thinking. “Coming  home, pouring yourself a glass of wine, and...

Review: Stargirl

At first glance I thought Stargirl was going to be just a silly high school romance story and in some ways it was, but in many ways it wasn’t. I decided to read it because I’d heard that Jerry Spinelli was an excellent writer and that this was one of his best books.

Review: Food Rules

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book isn’t a children’s book. There are a number of pictures in it, but it’s not a Picture Book, nor is it Middle Grade or Young Adult. However, it is a book with...

Review: Small Steps

Small Steps by Louis Sachar My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved Small Steps by Louis Sachar. Anytime a book leaves me imagining what happened to the protagonist it’s a good book. And anytime I finish the book feeling good or pensive or even excited, it’s a good...

Small Children and Smart Phones

A few days ago I watched a child, about six, reach into her little purse, pull out an iPhone, sit on a store shelve where she started playing Angry Birds. For a long time I’ve been appalled by the number of small children who have very expensive phones that they...

Nine Books from Your Childhood

I found a list of a Houston TV (ABC-13) station’s selection of “nine best books from your childhood.” While none of them were the best books from my childhood (none of them were written when I was a child), I think that all nine should be on a list of books any parent should want to get for their 3 – 7 year old. My list of the nine books of my childhood might not give away my age, but they will tell you that I’m old enough to be a grandpa, which I am, or even a great-grandpa, which I am not.

Darn, I Wish I’d Thought of That

It happens often enough. I see something I think was extremely clever and I wish I’d thought of it. Every day I see a number of clever things, but I don’t always wish I’d thought of them. In fact it’s somewhat rare that something causes the...

Dr. Seuss Quote – Late

“How did it get so late so soon?” ~ Dr. Seuss. I ask myself this everyday, not in these words exactly, but something close. In fact, I’ve been asking this question since my 40th birthday. The time and the days and the years fly by so fast that before...

A Simple Assignment a Teacher Uses to Help Her Students Socially

News story after news story about today’s children will talk about one of two things: obesity and bullying. Very often an obese or bullied child is a lonely child. Until fourth grade I was one of those lonely and bullied children. Then when my family moved to a...

A Silly Little Thrill Is Sometimes the Best

This is really stupid, but I love taking my car to the car wash, the kind where you drive in and the machinery around you washes your car. Maybe it comes from sitting inside the car when I was probably five or six while my father hosed it down and washed it. I think I...

Report Cards Meet the Electronic Age in a Most Unsettling Way

Report cards are about to become electronic to the extent that parents will be receiving them on their cell phones. A man in Africa of all places, Boniface Githinji, has created a service there (Kenya) to help schools send report cards directly to the parents on their...

Kids Who Poisoned Teacher’s Water Are Still Just Kids

I just read the story about two nine-year old boys who mixed some rat poison into their teacher’s water because they wanted to see how she would react. My favorite line in the story: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, “It’s unfortunate where kids get these...

I’m a Statistic

I’m a statistic. I know, we’re all statistics in some way and many ways. We’re all plugged in and dotted and numbered and pinned to various charts, squeezed into various reports, rattled off as if it really means something.

One Reason Why Writing Is Difficult

Writing is incredibly difficult. If you are a story teller, it seems it should be easy. However, there is a great difference, a difference wider than a rift in the Earth that you need all your strength to jump across.