On being young and in love

Posted on April 30, 2012 by

See, there was this girl…. That’s a really bad way to start a blog entry, especially when you’ve been happily married for nearly twenty years. But I’m thinking Veronica will understand (let’s hope!!!)  since I’m writing about ancient history. What I’m writing about today is risk, rewards, heartbreak, and being young and in love., Read More

A couple of months ago I read a fantastically interesting novel called Annie, the Doll, its Thief, And Her Lover by Jackie Trippier Holt. The book follows the return of Kate to the industrial north of England after the death of her father. She’s there to clean out the old house and quickly return to, Read More

I want to tell you about a book I read today which amazed and delighted me. It was brought to my attention by Jeremy Robinson, the insanely prolific author of the Antarktos saga and a whole lot of other books.  Septic Zombie, a debut novel by seven year old Aquila Robinson (Jeremy’s daughter). I bought, Read More

Here comes the Bad Boss

Posted on April 26, 2012 by

“Charles, I think you’ve been falsifying your time sheets.” I was speechless. It was 1995, and I was in the early stages of getting the National Gulf War Resource Center started, not long after Veronica and I moved to Washington, DC.  I’d taken a job at a plastics trade association I won’t name for, Read More

Teenagers are evil

Posted on April 25, 2012 by

So, it’s my mission in my life to be a good, calm, patient parent.  That’s why I found myself the other night literally banging my head into a door, saying something articulate and meaningful to my kids. It sounded something like this, “Argh, Argggghhhh, aaggggghhh, be quiet!!!! Agggg!!!!” Seriously. Teenagers are evil. They’re born, Read More

So, I’m revisiting this topic.  Why? It’s come up in conversation a couple of times recently, first of all. Second, in looking at the statistics on my blog, I realized that over the course of the last several years, this has been the single most viewed blog entry on my site.  Daily visits with, Read More

No second chances

Posted on April 24, 2012 by

Sitting on the rooftop of the New Swedish Hostel, a sharp cool breeze cut through my shirt. I hunkered down and shivered. It was still fairly early in the morning, and a few moments before the haunting call of the muezzin had stopped. It was calm—there were no cars within earshot, and the normally, Read More

Holy cow. Wow.

Posted on April 23, 2012 by

You may have already seen this over on Gawker, but if not, check out Carrie Manolakos’s cover of Radiohead’s Creep. She’s a former Broadway singer with a new album out, which I’ll be checking out asap. I’m a sucker for female vocalists with range and power. This one is amazing.

You never know what will happen

Posted on April 21, 2012 by

What is the thing I most love about my job? I never know what is going to happen. What is the thing I hate the most about my job? I never know what is going to happen. Dealing with the unexpected is the bread and butter of life. At its best, it can be, Read More

Building the habit of writing

Posted on April 21, 2012 by

Back in the day, some years ago, I used to routinely write in my blog, as well as essays for various internet websites like AlterNet, Common Dreams, Antiwar.com and others. But long before that … LONG before that … I kept a daily diary.  In fact, from the time I was sixteen or so,, Read More

A few minutes ago I was driving back from work and pulled up behind a car – I think it was a fairly new Mustang – with a license plate reading “I1ULOST.” I don’t think it’s fair to say that I felt angry.  Just that I felt a pulsing twitch in my left eyebrow,, Read More