Learn how to walk on the sidewalk, jerkwad

Learn how to walk on the sidewalk, jerkwad

A friend once likened me to a Russian icebreaker – the small boat that finds the cracks in the ice, breaking it apart and allowing the larger ships to come through. We were at SXSW and my skills at navigating a crowd without stopping impressed. I grew up on Long...
Wow. I’m just feeling overloaded

Wow. I’m just feeling overloaded

I suspect many of us are feeling this way lately. I wouldn’t even be writing about this, except I vowed to blog every day this year and I missed yesterday already, and don’t want to miss two in a row. One once in a while is fine, but multiple days in a...
Attack of the plumbing

Attack of the plumbing

First, we noticed the seal between one toilet and the floor had some water leaking out of it. We shut the water off, got ourselves to Home Depot and ordered a new toilet. Then, one toilet kept running no matter what. It had responded to various adjustments for a...
Hail, the Introverted Extroverts

Hail, the Introverted Extroverts

I’m an introverted extrovert. Or am I an extroverted introvert? I’m not really sure – it could easily go either way. I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs test several times and each time, I scored very clearly on one side or the other in all categories...
I love stock photos

I love stock photos

People in stock photos are always so chipper. Except when they’re expressing a negative emotion, then they are appropriately sad, mad and otherwise not cheerful. They live in a world utterly unlike our own. I got some special once to get lifetime access to a...
Comments are community

Comments are community

It’s kind of funny that I say that, given that there aren’t many comments on my posts. I blame that on years of neglect of my own website in service of others. Cobbler’s children and all that. That said, it’s a mantra I’ve repeated in...
Thank goodness for small favors

Thank goodness for small favors

It’s amazing how much we get used to certain conveniences in life. In the last couple of months, our washing machine, and then our dryer, crapped out. We got them each replaced pretty quickly, but in the small time between electronic death and the installation...
East Coast = Beast Coast

East Coast = Beast Coast

On Fridays, I often post with the #FightMeFriday hashtag. I offer up a definitive opinion and dare people to fight me. Sometimes, I’m very serious: Dec. 16, 2016: Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines has far surpassed Brad Pitt as Jeffrey Goines in the TV version...
Doing journalism will save journalism

Doing journalism will save journalism

For most of my newspaper journalism career (it’s older than you might think), I’ve been hearing the powers that be talk about how readership was declining and the age of our readers was getting older and older. As a cub reporter at The Miami Herald back in...