Ring-a-Ding-Ding, I Do Hate This Thing!

Our ring, our unwanted alarm clock! The sound of glass breaking. Once, then twice. I roll over, squinting to view the digital clock on my bedside cabinet. 2:37 a.m. I know from experience that no one is breaking one of the glass panels in our paneled front door. I know it is only the Ring... Read more »

I Know What's In The Vaccine. It Is Hundreds Of Years of Progress.

Dr. Edward Jenner performing his first vaccination against smallpox on James Phipps, May 14, 1796, oil on canvas by Ernest Board.Credit…DEA Picture Library/Getty Images There is a lengthy meme circulating on Facebook that begins “I’m vaccinated and, no, I don’t know what’s in it.” I’m vaccinated as well, and I want to tell you that... Read more »

Prostate Cancer Doesn't Stop

Microscopic image of invasive prostate cancer. Another telephone call. Another new diagnosis of prostate cancer. I see so many cases of prostate cancer each day, but some are more personal to me than others. This time the worried young man on the phone is a friend, and he is indeed young. Carefully followed because his... Read more »

Answer: Me. Question: Who Should Be the Next Jeopardy! Host?

My first game show appearance (1971) Photo courtesy Sullivan Navillus OK readers. You knew this blog was coming. You knew that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. My life’s goal is once again obtainable, and you knew I was going to speak out–or at least write about it. What am I talking about? Of course,... Read more »

The Drake Wedding Rap

Give me a beat, boys! I read the story, ‘cause it’s in the newspaper About a building up for sale, no it’s not a skyscraper. Yeah the Drake Hotel, it’s at the edge of downtown Is on the trading block, it’s got Barb and me down. The Drake is where we married in the distant... Read more »

Those Darn Geese are Leaving and Other Good News!

I told you about our anti-goose dog silhouette project. Most of you doubted it would work. People regaled me with their own experiences. “The phony dogs won’t keep away the real geese,” our readers honked. But guess what. It has been two weeks now. And our driveway is poop-free (most of the time.) There have... Read more »

Will The Geese Get Gone?

Goose vs Decoy Dog. Who will win? Duck, duck, goose. Five years ago I talked Barb into leaving our home of 25 years and doing a bit of downsizing, shrinking both our square footage and my daily commute. Barb’s biggest must-have was a spot with some visual interest; something like a house on a pond.... Read more »

No Points For You! The People Have Spoken.

You may recall my previous post asking whether I should have claimed Frequent Dining Points for a meal that I did not pay for. The responses have come in by the pasta bowl full. And your opinion is a decisive “NO.” To recap, we were invited by visiting out-of-town friends to dinner at one of... Read more »

This Dining Dilemma Points To You. What would you do?

Wildfire, Lincolnshire. The place where it happened! You have helped me negotiate modern ethics before. You all gave me permission to accept a prize for being a top fundraiser for the annual SEABlue Prostate Awareness run*. Barb appreciates the very high-powered cordless electric broom. So I am hoping you all can help me out one... Read more »

Branson, Bezos, and I are Flying High

Fly me to the moon,I want to join that great space race,And since I’m not a billionaireI’ll do it all with grace.In other words, shoot me high.In other words, let me fly. Branson has the early leadJeff Bezos comes on strongWhere are Cook and Zuckerberg?I guess it won’t be long.In other words, it’s July.In other... Read more »