A Rose Is a Rose?

A couple of years ago, Kay-Kay and I were out visiting our daughter Peanut and her family—which most importantly included our then two-year-old grandson, Goober. We took the Goob out with us one day to a supermarket with a Truly Impressive Display of fresh-cut flowers...

Going Postal Overseas

My wife, Kay-Kay, and I have spent a lot of time in foreign countries. We lived together—sometimes married, sometimes not— for four years in two countries. One was Italy, where they do not speak English. The other was Scotland, where they speak something almost akin...

À la Recherche du Impêchements Perdu

You see how I hoodwinked you into reading this blog with a pretentiously worded French title? You thought this was going to be some hilarious deep dive into the literature of Marcel Proust, didn’t you? But what it says is “in search of past impeachments.” Well,...

Whoa, Canada!

[Author’s update: I wrote this blog post BEFORE my third novel, No Hero’s Welcome, hit #1 on Amazon’s Canada Best Seller List in both Literary Fiction and Historical Fiction on Friday. Which only made me love Canada all the more.] I love Canada. I...

The Kurds and Me

I’m utterly heartbroken. It’s going to be hard to be funny this week. What the United States has done in abandoning the Kurds in northern Syria is beyond forgiveness. I don’t care about your politics or your opinion of the Current Occupant of the White House. This was...

Your Write Turn: Writerly Hygiene

Let’s face it. After a certain age, we aren’t good sprint runners anymore. It’s OK. You can admit it. Hips and knees have limited tread life. Same thing for all those parts used for writing. I’ve blogged about various parts of the writing...

Small Town Politics

I come from a long line of local politicians. Great Uncle Moe was the Treasurer of LaValliere County for a couple of decades, from which he managed to keep a wife and two mistresses in comfort. His big brother, Great Uncle Louie, was mayor of the county seat of Ojibwa...
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