Posts in category "Health"

A True Story

A True Story
My almost heart attack and quadruple bypass a few years ago wasn’t my first “Close Call.” Over winter break my senior year in college; my childhood friend (I’ll call him Bob) flew my girlfriend (I’ll call her Beth) and me to the upper peninsula of Michigan in a single-engine Cessna that my brother-in-law (I’ll call... Read more »

Have You Heard? Exploding Head Syndrome is a Thing

Have You Heard? Exploding Head Syndrome is a Thing
I was sound asleep, the first time it happened, when I could’ve sworn a picture fell off the wall in the kids’ bedroom or a shelf collapsed. It was the middle of the night and a loud CRASH woke me from a deep sleep. I jumped out of bed, like dads are supposed to do,... Read more »

A Night Outside My Comfort Zone

A Night Outside My Comfort Zone
I was never much of an actor. I’m the first to admit it. Of course, that didn’t stop me from trying my hand at acting a couple times and improv. I was okay at improv back in the day, way back in the day. I went though the full course of improv classes at The Player’s... Read more »
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A New Kind of Writer’s Block?

A New Kind of Writer’s Block?
I sit down as usual, boot up my laptop, with every intention to write something. I enter my password, open iTunes for a little music, then open Safari and click on Facebook, you know, just to stay connec— Oh wait, a video of a naked man climbing out of a Buckingham Palace window… It looks... Read more »

Writing My 3rd Act: Thinking About Early Retirement

Writing My 3rd Act: Thinking About Early Retirement
When I can get away I like to write at my local Starbucks. It’s an in-between environment: noisy, but not crazy loud. Private, sort of, with a few people to watch. I park my laptop in an out-of-the-way spot with a venti Caramel Mocha and let the ideas flow. The last few visits, my schedule... Read more »

Can The Chatter: Do You Talk In The Restroom?

Can The Chatter: Do You Talk In The Restroom?
Some guys feel the need to talk to you when you’re in the restroom. I have no idea why. These guys somehow don’t realize what goes on in this room, the reason we’re both there. They don’t see the imaginary line, I guess, the one at the men’s room door where all talking is supposed... Read more »
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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
When you’re born, you’re like a brand new car, pretty much, rolling off the assembly line. Okay, so the assembly line is your mother and you don’t roll off so much as you’re extruded, but you get the idea. And sure, you’re covered in gunk and nasty bodily fluids. But they take you in back,... Read more »

It’s A (Nearly) Wonderful Life: If Not for Vital Exhaustion

It’s A (Nearly) Wonderful Life: If Not for Vital Exhaustion
I have a nearly wonderful life. Perfect? I don’t about perfect… But it’s wonderful; aspects of my life are incredibly great. Great wife and kids. Check. We downsized, sold the house; now we have no mortgage! Check. Paid off the cars, the kids’ college, pretty much, with a little left over for the next house.... Read more »

My R-rated Life

My R-rated Life
We’re all familiar with the movie rating system. G, PG, PG-13, and so on. Originally implemented in the 1960s as a quick-glance way for parents to know what the kiddies should or shouldn’t see, it morphed and changed through the 90s to the system in use today. Besides the simple letter grades, movie ratings add... Read more »
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Do You Let Other People Define You?

Do You Let Other People Define You?
I’m an impressionable guy; at least I used to be, more so before therapy. I mean: it’s taken me a long time, decades, to finally call myself a writer. Even though, on and off, people actually paid me money to string words together into sentences and paragraphs. Sure, I wrote jokes for Jenny Jones but... Read more »