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PERSONAL HEALTH 1. Don’t die. I am alive as of this posting. . 2. Lose 20 pounds. Down five pounds as of this morning. Finally, some momentum.  3. Do at least 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups five days a week. Done. I’ve added a plank every morning as well. 4. Stop drinking soda from two-liter…

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Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito warned on Friday that in the wake of the court’s ruling, Americans who publicly express views in opposition to same sex marriage will now risk recrimination. He said: “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes,…

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  I love love love this, and I am choosing to believe this for now and forever more “Some theorists believe that the setting of Gilligan’s Island is not an island, but rather Hell, and that its sinful inhabitants all perished in the crash of the SS Minnow. According to this theory, each character on…

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I bought a new Macbook Pro. I plan to use it for recording our Speak Up storytelling shows and one or more podcasts that we are preparing to launch. Apple equips its laptops with a single audio port, which is annoying. On the old machine, this single audio port was a headphone jack that could be reversed so you…

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The week began with an evil lunatic killing innocent people in hopes of starting a race war. Instead, he got a referendum on the racist flag that he supported. Thanks in part to his actions, the Confederate flag can no longer be purchased at major retailers like Walmart and Amazon, and it’s looking like it will…

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Comedian Richard Lewis appeared on Marc Maron’s podcast last week. At one point in their conversation, Maron asked Lewis if he was ever a Boy Scout. Lewis explains that while he wanted to be a Boy Scout, his mother forbade it after discovering that the troop in his town on Long Island had scheduled their first meeting of…

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I have issues with my own mortality. Basically, I’m terrified of death and want to live forever. I think people who accept their eventual mortality with stoicism and logic are insane.   A student once asked me if I would be willing to watch my family die in order to live forever. I explained that I…

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Yesterday I wrote about a compliment that a veterinarian paid to me. I added it to a list of compliments that I have on my blog. I was hesitant to write about the compliment. I waited a long time before deciding to do so. Using your blog to record your own praise is an easy way…

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I maintain a list of the best compliments of my life. It may seem ridiculous and narcissistic, but when I need a pick-me-up, it’s always available to me. It’s also a means of capturing moments of my life in pristine memory, which too few of us ever do. For many people, one day bleeds into…

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