The Last Five Years

In August of 2012, a couple of years after my career brought me to New Bern, North Carolina, one of my co-workers came into my office to discuss something. He […]

There was a time, long before cell phones, answering machines, cassette recorders, and other devices, when most people were shocked when they heard their own voices. It wasn’t because of […]

We all make choices.

Life is all about choices. Sometimes bad things happen and we can’t do anything about them. Other times, our own bad choices doom us to their consequences. As a sound […]

I’ve been noticing lately that there seem to be an unusually large number of trite “crutch” words used in news stories, both in print and on the air. These are […]

Yes, this is another one of those omnibus blog entries, comprised of several things that are on my mind lately but aren’t meaty enough to be entries in and of […]

Fly the airplane.

I used to be a pilot. I don’t fly anymore for medical reasons but in my heart I’m still a pilot. My pulse quickens when I smell jet fuel or […]

For reasons better not discussed, the subject of marital infidelity has been on my mind lately. It’s something I have an unusually strong intolerance for. Don’t get me wrong. My […]

Yet somehow, I managed to do it, and I am ashamed and angry with myself. It’s the first time ever. July 18 this year was another frantic day. I’d just […]

The other night, I came home feeling really, really stressed. Some things had gone wrong, and I just couldn’t relax. Allison suggested I have a bit of Scotch. Thinking that […]

Did you ever have a love/hate relationship with a song? There are several songs that are like that for me. This is about one of them. I have always loved […]

BradyI think disgraced Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deserves a little credit as an educator. After all, if it weren’t for him, there’d be a lot more people in this country who have no idea what the Ideal Gas Law is. PV=nRT for the win! 0

themoreyouknowNever reveal your weaknesses. Your friends already know them, your enemies will use them, and to everyone else they’re just background noise. 0

The word “friend” sure has taken a beating in the last decade or so. As a member of the generation that actually saw the advent and rise of social media, […]

Working on Working

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to work on a really terrific musical. “Working” is based on a book of oral histories by Studs Terkel, and it’s a […]

As a result of some really crummy things that happened because of a Facebook post last Friday, I decided to unbook my face, at least for a while. It’s interesting […]

A conversation on Facebook reminded me this morning of Bam-Bam. I wrote this account as part of a larger post in 2004, 12 years ago. I’ve sanitized it a bit, […]

Big changes.

Raymond Burnes, Allison’s son and the young man I have proudly claimed and loved as my own family for 9 years, has come to the decision that he’s going to […]