ONE SENTENCE STORY: I wrote this for fun. Thought I’d share it with you.

comedy club

            Who would ever have thought that a stand-up comedy comment could have brought such a response from a boozy crowd who had come too early, drunk too much, and lusted after something to entertain them after a long, hard day at the office during which checks were signed, people were fired, two people were […]

Résumé: a listing of your life experiences and accomplishments


My wife and I were talking about résumés   the other day and commented on the various pieces of advice we had been given over the years.  Much of it, it turns out, was advice to make a person sound like a perfect fit for a specific job.  It may even have included some information which […]

PETE SEEGER: more than a folk-singer

Pete Seeger

It’s hard not to start singing (silently or aloud) when I think about Pete Seeger.   His music is so much a part of my own personal history and the history of the era from which I emerged.  I became an adult in the Protest Era, and it was he and his songs that made the […]

PHONEUR: A person, especially a pedestrian, who interacts with or engages the world mostly through a mobile phone


It’s against the law to do it in the car.   But walking along the street with a cell phone plastered to your ear is still legal.    Now there’s a word to describe such a person.  That pedestrian is a phoneur.  It’s a word that has been around since 2001, according to Word Spy, one of […]

AMBIGUOUS: lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct:


Ambiguous is a word that can have a couple of meanings.  One is that it is a word that describes a phenomenon when one or more definitions can apply, such as the illustration to the right.   Is it a beautiful woman or is it Bill Clinton waxing jazz on a saxophone?   The point is that […]

STATE: condition, status


When the President steps before the microphone Tuesday evening to deliver the 2014 State of the Union Address, the eyes of the nation…indeed, the eyes of the world…will be upon him.   It is this annual speech to which the people turn to hear the agenda for the next year…as the President hopes it to be. […]