Category Archives: observations

The Presidents, Ranked

I like making lists. It's fun. It also forces a lot of critical thinking and soul-searching. Why rank Thing A over Thing B? How does one judge greatness–by quality or personal connection? Can I explain my choices as more than … Continue reading

Posted in history, observations, people | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Never What It’s Supposed to Be”: A Sermon

What follows is a sermon I gave at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  Included here are two readings which were part of the service. “Yesterday’s just a memory, and tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be.” –Bob … Continue reading

Posted in best-laid plans, entertainment, observations, people, religion | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Letter of Apology (Day 28, 2017)

Almost done with National Poetry Writing Month. A Letter of Apology I’m sorry you came here for lighthearted levity, bright airy reveries, gentle irreverence free  from the snark and the snarl and the bile, the sickly perverse and the dark and … Continue reading

Posted in family, NaPoWriMo, observations, people, poetry | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

When in Paris (Day 21, 2017)

For the 21st day of National Poetry Writing Month, I exchanged poem titles with Julie Ayers.  The poem she wrote is here. When in Paris she never visits the Tower or the Arc or Mona Lisa but instead descends  underground to the subway … Continue reading

Posted in NaPoWriMo, observations, people, poetry | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

I Want to Know (Day 17, 2017)

This is NaPoWriMo’s 17th day. I Want to Know I want to know the answers to all of life’s pressing questions,  like what does it all mean and not only that but  why does it have to mean snything I want to … Continue reading

Posted in family, fear, NaPoWriMo, observations, people, poetry, religion | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Advice for Today’s Youth (Day 8, 2017)

Day 8 of National Poetry Writing Month arrives with a prompt asking us to use repetition in a poem. My Advice for Today’s Youth I got married at 20, and when I talk to kids, I tell them you should, too! Many … Continue reading

Posted in best-laid plans, family, fear, NaPoWriMo, observations, people, poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thinking of Henry Miller

Henry Miller wrote pornography for a dollar a page, because he had to pay rent and buy food.  All the while, he was working on Tropic of Cancer, which was one of the 20th century’s great novels.  He was in … Continue reading

Posted in history, observations, people | Tagged , , | Leave a comment