humor, new old age

Old age isn’t for sissies and comedians

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.George Burns If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I like to laugh and "the new old age" is among my favorite topics. I've written about sex advice for seniors, Social Security, and an embarrassing mishap with my hearing aids.… Continue reading Old age isn’t for sissies and comedians

nature

Never mind the horse, the birds are out of the barn

I've concluded that nature is an ingrate. You drag sprinklers around in the hot sun, spray water (i.e., money) all over the lawn, and end up with weeds and crabgrass. Now, after feeding flying freeloaders (birds) all my life, they're invading my space. They remind me of cable TV salespeople: Give them an inch and… Continue reading Never mind the horse, the birds are out of the barn

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, Pandemic diary

A pandemic diary: One small step for my face

May 20, 2021 To keep up with these changing times, I've decided to dispense with my mask. Not on my actual face, just the one I display on my "platform," the amalgamation of social media, writing, and other sites that make up my online brand. Last year I replaced all my profile pix with new… Continue reading A pandemic diary: One small step for my face

coronavirus, new old age, Pandemic diary

A pandemic diary: Greatest hits

May 15, 2021 We're not there yet, still have miles to go before we sleep, but the news that vaccinated people can go without masks in most places is the clearest signal yet that we're heading toward the finish line. That led me to think about how we got here, all the ups and downs… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Greatest hits

Fiction, men and women, Pandemic diary, Writing

A pandemic diary: Fiction about reality

Photo by Pexels.com May 14, 2021 My new short story, “The Man With the Six-Foot Soul,” is live on the Red Fez. It's about how the pandemic has battered our sanity, stretching the boundaries of truth and illusion, past and present. The man is a presence in the lives of Emily and Tyler, a young… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Fiction about reality

Covid 19 pandemic, Florida, life, Politics

A pandemic diary: Small, slow steps

May 11, 2021 First actual handshake in fourteen months? Check, and it felt great. Unmasked conversations with other vaccinated people? Check. Go face-naked outdoors? Check. Feel a lot less paranoid about doorknobs, mail, packages, keypads, and waiting-room furniture? Double-check! Toss the hand sanitizer altogether? Nuh-uh, not for me, not just yet. This also goes for… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Small, slow steps

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, Pandemic diary

A pandemic diary: My passport

April 22, 2021 On sound advice from the experts, I'm not going to show y'all my Covid vaccination card. However, I see no harm in displaying my longstanding personal vaccination passport, ironclad proof that I've got the goods. No codes to scan, no factors to verify. Ready? Okay, scroll down a bit. Dave's here! That's… Continue reading A pandemic diary: My passport

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, Fiction, Writing

A pandemic diary: Stay away from those boats!

April 6, 2021 This can't be coincidence. Just when we're rediscovering Ernest Hemingway, who chronicled the Roaring 20s so memorably in "The Sun Also Rises," along comes a prediction that we're headed for a post-pandemic blowout that's already been dubbed the Roaring 2020s. At least we'll have legal booze, which no one did during Prohibition.… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Stay away from those boats!

coronavirus, Covid 19 pandemic, depression

A pandemic diary: Loss and limbo

March 22, 2021 Since I'm older than 65 and fully vaccinated, I'm apparently supposed to be out carousing with my fellow geezers, celebrating my return to a normal life. Instead, I'm worrying over the death of someone I didn't even know. That person is Kent Taylor (above), founder and CEO of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Loss and limbo