May 20, 2020 It's confounding how the most ordinary things have become complicated. A misplaced box of screws for a home improvement project means a trip to the store and that means masks, worries about surfaces, and general stress. On top of all that, the elastic on the mask tugs on my hearing aids and… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Tell me something
April 30, 2020 Another grocery pickup today. We found toilet paper with no trouble but didn't get all the meat we ordered, which is ominous in light of all the recent warnings about shortages. We at least came away with two big fresh whole chickens. Even they might be in short supply in Georgia soon.… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Notes from the bullseye
We’ve spent a lot of time in 2018 revisiting 1968, which one of the newsmagazines at the time called “The Incredible Year.” I turned fourteen that October, a little young to fully grasp everything I saw, but half a century later, certain moments are as clear as day. One is the bulletin that interrupted the… Continue reading Remembering the good earth
Greetings to all Michigan Wolverines, Florida Gators,* folks who got on the wrong plane, and everybody else who’s bound for Atlanta and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl! This is part of that delightful American holiday tradition in which we celebrate with family, give to the needy, humbly honor the rituals of our faith, and resolve to… Continue reading The ATL for Yankees and Gator fans
Hi, this is Dave. It’s really me. No kidding. Honestly, I’m Dave. I’m the real deal, the true article, born smack in the middle of the Boom and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan (where the city motto is, “Nobody Knows What the Heck It Means Anymore, But Yeah, There’s Still a Kalamazoo”). I’m Dave, the guy… Continue reading Hello, it’s me. Seriously.
If you're a writer, jealousy and envy can be hard to keep in check. But while I might envy John le Carré every time I open one of his books, I don't usually feel that way about Supreme Court justices. However, as you've probably heard, Justice Anthony Kennedy's closing paragraph in his decision on same-sex… Continue reading Justice, humanity, and language
When a movie star lies about his past to protect his image, it's usually a non-story. In fact, in Hollywood, it's probably considered PR 101. But Ben Affleck went way over the line when he persuaded the PBS genealogy program “Finding Your Roots” not to mention an ancestor who owned slaves. As a result, PBS… Continue reading Their past, our present
We're heading into stormy seas. Turbulence, quicksand, minefields, a bear trap, a maze of mirrors. The most dangerous place in the universe for any man with half a microgram of sense: a public discussion of the anatomy in the nether regions belonging to non-men, in other words women (AAAHHH-OOOO-GAAAA!!!!! WARNING!!!! DIVE!!! DIVE!!! AND BRING ME… Continue reading Going south (of the waistline)
As I’ve said before, Florida sure is an interesting place, especially the wildlife, and no, I don’t mean Justin Bieber in Miami. When my wife and I went down to Ft. Myers last week, our hotel was on a classic suburban strip, yet just a short walk from an old canal that’s also a bike… Continue reading Birds of the weather
I walked into my home office early, straight out of the sack, without coffee, and heard something hit the floor. I knew right away what it was – one of the smaller parts from one of several Russian nesting dolls sitting on the bookcase. But why would it fall of its own accord? Then I… Continue reading A bird in the…where??