That same old song

I used to tell this joke. It wasn’t funny because I was too serious. I said it with anger. People laughed. Maybe I sounded funny, but I seethed secretly. Anyway, here’s the joke: If I die early, don’t play “Amazing Grace.” I heard that song too many times at my parents’ funerals. I wanted aContinue reading “That same old song”

Working out of the darkness in 2020

Darkness washed over me as I pointed my Charger south on U.S. Highway 169 toward Winterset. I forgot how dark it gets in the country, away from the constant glow of the city. Even a small city like Des Moines never goes completely dark. Orange hues from streetlights radiate into the night sky creating anContinue reading “Working out of the darkness in 2020”

I’m going to talk about “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Some of you may want to look away

This is an obligatory blog post about the new “Star Wars” movie. Most of my most loyal readers are older than 60 and totally not into “Star Wars.” Parents 2.0 have already stopped reading. Most of my surviving teachers have moved on. So, I’ll pause here to let people who see “cinema” by Scorsese andContinue reading “I’m going to talk about “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Some of you may want to look away”

That horribly cliched post about 10 things I learned in the 2010s

I started to write the year-in-review, decade-in-review post. I stopped. Why? 1. Cliche. I hate cliche. 2. Who cares? I lived. I learned. I succeeded. I failed. Everything in between. This reflection on personal history is only valuable if you can take lessons from it to live more at ease in the next day. Otherwise,Continue reading “That horribly cliched post about 10 things I learned in the 2010s”

You don’t have to care about most things despite how much people harangue you

Simplify. Key to mental peace. Advice from favorite writer, Max Allan Collins: Kill every unnecessary word. This blog? Murder some necessary ones. No pay, no verbs. Deal. So, simplify. Take problems. Sort into two piles. Pile 1: Stuff I need to give a shit about. Pile 2: Stuff I don’t need to give a shitContinue reading “You don’t have to care about most things despite how much people harangue you”

Random stacks of paragraphs about being bloated, de-carbonated and probioticated

Ugh. Doc says avoid carbonation. Try probiotic. Been bloated, water retention. Grr. Favorite thing: Pop. Drink too much? Of course. Still. I want. Had one today. Rest was iced tea. Yeah. Yeah. I know. Drink water. I do. I drink a gallon of it when I go to the gym. An actual gallon. And I’mContinue reading “Random stacks of paragraphs about being bloated, de-carbonated and probioticated”

More meandering babble about football, depression and ‘Rick and Morty’

Sunday football. Bears off. Patriots lost. Rams and Seahawks the night game. No skin. Except … Pete Carroll. Strong distaste for him. Coached USC program rife with corruption. Reggie Bush has to give back Heisman. Carroll goes to NFL to make millions. This is humanity. It is not a question of if we are beingContinue reading “More meandering babble about football, depression and ‘Rick and Morty’”

There is no moral at the end of this story

Not much to say lately. I haven’t felt well. Gut stuff. Leave it at that. Slight fever, not worrisome. Brain stuff is so-so. Change of seasons and daylight decline never used to bother me. It does now. Can’t say way. One more indignity of age. Edgy is the primary status update. Everything is extra. Sensitive.Continue reading “There is no moral at the end of this story”

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