On the Ephemeral Nature of Spring Beauty

Posted Apr 19 2010

I love hiking, and I especially love hiking in the early spring, when the ephemerals, those transient woodland blooms that last such a brief time, are flowering. But every year it seems like there’s some reason why I miss hiking during this season. Some years it’s the weather, others it’s the press of other duties […]

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Old Joke #39

Posted Apr 17 2010 in

A gynecologist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO paperwork, and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic. He went to the local technical college, signed up for evening classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could. When the time […]

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What Not to Wear

Posted Apr 12 2010

When I was a teenager, I once came downstairs dressed in a body-hugging t-shirt, bellbottom jeans that revealed pelvic bones in the front and butt cleavage in the back, a woven Mexican vest to hide that décolletage (at least until I was out of the house) and a pair of fringed leather moccasins that were […]

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Old Joke #38

Posted Apr 10 2010 in

Thank Chef E for this one! A Texan is drinking in a Colorado bar when he gets a call on his cell phone. When he hangs up, he orders drinks for everybody in the bar because his wife has just given birth to a baby boy weighing 25 pounds. Nobody can believe that any new […]

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Healthcare LTD: An Alternative Proposal

Posted Apr 5 2010

Thursday night I attended a rally in Columbus to celebrate the passage of the healthcare overhaul bill. Spirits were running high, but beneath all the exaltation there was an undercurrent of worry that the Orangemen* will succeed at either repealing or overturning the bill. I spoke with Senator Sherrod Brown, who openly admitted that the […]

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Old Joke #37

Posted Apr 1 2010 in

A man gets sent to prison, and he’s put into a cell with a bunch of lifers who’ve all been there for quite some time. As they’re sitting around in the evening, one of the guys says “Eight,” and the others all burst out laughing. Then another guy says “Fourteen,” and again they’re all laughing. […]

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10 Observations From My Trip

Posted Mar 29 2010

1)All New York dog-walkers wear the exact same expression, a look that says, “Why the fuck do I own a dog in New York City?” 2)If you spend four 10-hour days listening to Robert McKee spike his lecture with the word “fuck” with the same panache that Emeril spikes his recipes with garlic, you will […]

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Fiction Friday: The McKee Story

Posted Mar 26 2010 in

Last weekend, I attended Robert McKee’s Story conference in New York. A woman from St. Paul who also attended called it a “life-changing event.” I don’t know that I feel that strongly, but I did walk away with a much deeper understanding of how a compelling story is built, as well as some tools for […]

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Old Joke #36

Posted Mar 25 2010 in

This one made me cackle. Loudly. Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, “Esther, I’d like to ride in that helicopter”. Esther always replied, “I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars”. One year Esther and […]

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In Defense of a Marriage

Posted Mar 19 2010 in

My daughter came out to me when she was nineteen. It would not have been my first choice for her life. If she had said, “I think I’m gay,” or even “I’m gay, Mom,” I might have been able to convince myself that she was mistaken, lured from her moorings by an older girl. But, […]

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