The Perplexing Problem of Mr. Jefferson

Friday was Thomas Jefferson’s 275th birthday. Those of you who do not reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia may be forgiven for not knowing this. For us Virginians, forgetting Mr. Jefferson’s birthday is punished with points on your driver’s license. I’m pretty sure....

We Do Need Another Hero. And Another.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate this highest of Christian holy days. And Happy Passover. And a Happy Maybe-Crappy-Winter-Weather-Is-Finally-Over Day to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere. (Except for New Englanders. Because that would be cruel.) As any of you Six...

Enough is Enough

This’ll be a short post with as many pictures as Kay-Kay wants to jam into it.  It’s been a very busy weekend and there are two reasons for this. First, claiming Alumni Parent Bragging Rights, Kay-Kay and I have been swept up in The Rambler Scramble in this year’s...

Flying in the BUFF (Part Two)

I wrote a post back in August spilling secrets about my days flying the venerable (meaning friggin’ old) Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. This name is habitually shortened to the BUFF. This is an acronym for Big Ugly Fat Fuc… errr, Flying Machine. Rereading that post, I...

Breaking Twitter

I found myself sinking into deep thoughts about Chaos Theory and The Butterfly Effect this week. You’d think I was pondering the nature of the universe or Something Truly Highbrow, but you would be wrong. I’m talking about Twitter. Because I broke it. Maybe not broke...

What the Heck Happened to Tomatoes?

Before the age of 30, I really was not a fan of tomatoes. I love them now, truly love them, but I’m a Very Selective Tomato-Eater. My problem with them in my growing-up years was they always seemed so… unfinished. That and we only ever had store-bought tomatoes from...

Poets Rock and I’m Jealous

It’s been a big writerly week for me and honestly, I’m too emotionally and literarily exhausted to Think Many Deep Thoughts. Here’s what happened. Last Tuesday, I found out I’d been picked to read a selection from my latest book Truly Are the Free, for “The Writer’s...

Postmodern T-Shirts

During my travels over the last decade or so, I’ve noticed something peculiar. It has to do with… t-shirts with English words on them. Not exactly an earth-shaking issue of vast geo-political significance, I know. But as with so many other quotidian matters, this...

My Costa Rican Odyssey

We’re back from our 12-day trek to Costa Rica. Kay-Kay says I need to write more personal blogs—something about either revealing more of my inner self or not being a crashing bore—so here are my Very Personal Thoughts on Costa Rica. I’ve traveled to other Central...

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