November 13, 2020 Genealogy is fascinating for a lot of reasons, and I don't mean finding out that your ancestor stood with the embattled farmers at Lexington. (If all the people who claim their relatives were there on that day are telling the truth, the farmers would've outnumbered the redcoats by about a million to… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Of times and lives
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October 22, 2020 It's Thursday afternoon and the pandemic has got you down. You need a break from the loop of bad news, a slice of normalcy, a little fun. If any of that sounds familiar, go to Facebook or Instagram at 6:00 p.m. Eastern for, "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere: A Musical Social From a… Continue reading A pandemic diary: It’s five o’clock somewhere!
October 16, 2020 You've probably heard of and maybe indulged in the exercise of writing a letter to your younger self. The idea is to take stock, reflect, set down the big lessons of the past, and promise to live by them in the future. That's all well and good, but I've already made a… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Letter to younger self
October 14, 2020 My voting is done. It felt almost anticlimactic, filling out my ballot at the dining room table, signing it, and slipping it into the dropbox, which I'm sure is secure. Many years ago I was young and dumb enough to sit out an election. But if I had to, I'd stand in… Continue reading One man, one vote
Could you make me some tea? Don't worry, I don't expect you to show up at my door with a "cuppa," as the British would say, or a glass of the sweet variety preferred here in the South. I'm just inquiring, most politely, if this task falls within y'all's life experience and the scope of… Continue reading Tea for two (and for dummies)
Remember the band The Dead Milkmen? Even if you weren't around in their heyday, you've probably heard the joke and urban legend that gave rise to the name. Only what if it wasn't just a joke? Did your placid suburban neighborhood have a Lothario prowling the streets at dawn, delivering more than milk and cottage… Continue reading Another new short story!
September 5, 2020 When you're staying home on Labor Day weekend with no football, it helps to have music, the kind that resonates in the heart, that's steered you through tough times before. I've been switching between the now-virtual Detroit Jazz Festival, where I've gone in person three times, and the wild party on WWOZ,… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Take a load
September 1, 2020 While this blog keeps me busy and helps me cope with the pandemic, I also write fiction. I recently turned out a story called "High Tide," which is about the virus, beaches, life, and most of all, love. It's just been published by the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Click on… Continue reading A pandemic diary: My new short story
August 27, 2020 I was sitting in traffic the other day when a dragonfly dropped out of the sky right in front of the windshield. It hovered like a Blackhawk, wings beating impossibly fast, before zipping away out of sight; their average speed is about ten miles an hour but they can get up to… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Change and perseverance
August 21, 2020 These are unquestionably the dog days of August. Not because people are rushing to find pups for companionship, often acting on impulses that both humans and pooches will regret. (Hint: Be sure you're not dealing with a puppy mill, and if you don't like early-morning walks, you'd best forget the whole thing).… Continue reading A pandemic diary: Dog doldrums