Why I Love March Madness

I don’t watch the NBA. I don’t even watch NCAA basketball from November through February. But I love March Madness. I can’t get enough of it. Why do many of us tune into college basketball just for three weeks every year? The Madness That Is March...

New Career(s) After 50?

I can’t hold a job. More accurately, I can’t stick with a career. Well, at least not like Dad did. I mean, he only had one career. I’m on Number Nine, and three of those after age 50. We subconsciously use our parents as our default yardstick with which to measure our...

The Public Domain

If there’s an area about which this lawyer knows Very Little Indeed, it’s the law of intellectual property. Including public domain and copyrights, this is known amongst the cognoscenti as IP. I barely know how to spell it. This might come as a shock,...

To the Lighthouses, Writers

What is it about lighthouses and writers? My blog title is a riff on Virginia Woolf’s incomparable To the Lighthouse that I first read in high school. Just in the last few years, we’ve seen The Light Between Oceans, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter,...

The Strange Life of Thomas Paine

To my pleasant surprise, one of my favorite historical figures has received unexpected shout-outs during The Current Unpleasantness in Washington. I count it a minor victory for American democracy when any session of Congress ends with quoting… Thomas Paine. Raskin...

Zen and the Art of Water Watching

Kay-Kay and I are spending much of February in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Water watching on the beach. In February. Crazy, yes? Two reasons: 1) we actually love the seacoast in winter, and 2) we closed on a house here two weeks ago. Bought while we were in...

How Long, O America, Until Racism Dies?

America suffers from Institutional Racism.  There, I’ve said it—and I’ll argue, debate, fight, challenge to Corn Hole, and/or Be Very Unpleasant with anyone who disagrees with me on that.  It. Is. A. Fact. Also, I benefit every day I continue breathing...

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