You Must Like Books (Part III and End)

Blogger's Note:  A moment of silence is in order for those who passed away while reading parts one and two of this series.  In their memory, and as a form of deliverance to all who have survived, I offer this last post on how I became a librarian.   Library school was an onerous and desultory experience for … Continue reading You Must Like Books (Part III and End)

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Memorial Day and The Little Grill That Could

My Facebook page is full of friends who are observing Memorial Day.  There are posts asking me to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their country.  I am also seeing pictures of grandfathers, fathers, brothers, and now too, I'm inspired to note, mothers and sisters who have also proudly served our country's armed forces. Hats … Continue reading Memorial Day and The Little Grill That Could

Retirement Pitfalls

Until I received my latest copy of NARFE Magazine¹, I suddenly realized that I hadn't fully considered all of my post-retirement options. I've thought about employment, non-employment, travel, reading, writing, and lots of television viewing.  But one thing I never considered was prison.  Prison does offer an opportunity for great writing.  Martin Luther King Jr., Oscar Wilde, … Continue reading Retirement Pitfalls

I’m a Stoner

Getting shot with a firearm I assume is probably the most extreme form of pain that there is.  It is placed high on my reverse-bucket list of things that I never want to experience. Short of that, however, I do believe that I've been able to simulate the ordeal of being shot by having suffered from painful kidney stones, … Continue reading I’m a Stoner

Charlatans, Fakes, and Frauds

I was hoodwinked recently by an unscrupulous eBay seller.  I bought an auction item for which I was the winning bidder, but then I simply never received it after a respectable waiting period. My spidey senses weren't operating as they should have been from the outset, though.  Bidding was relentless with counter-offers taking place within literally seconds of … Continue reading Charlatans, Fakes, and Frauds

And For My Next Act…

With seemingly a zillion things on my mind today (full disclosure: groceries simply needed to be removed from the car), I did what perhaps a few of you out there have also done at some point: I used my car's remote key fob to try and unlock our condo's front door. Gorgeous stood there watching and smiling at … Continue reading And For My Next Act…

Imports and Exports

In the aftermath of the recent riots in Baltimore, Karen Attiah of the Washington Post wrote a clever account of the events as if actually reported by foreign press outlets.  I enjoyed her satirist execution because it mirrors a similar kind of hypocritical arrogance that western media employ when reporting or discussing the treatment of minorities and ethnic groups in other countries.  Americans are always … Continue reading Imports and Exports

Running Lights For Kohlrabi

Our local Florida community is nothing but vigilant about red light runners. Perhaps in your community too, cameras are strategically placed at all four corners of an intersection to nab those dirty scofflaws who blatantly run through traffic lights in order to make time. Never mind the old man who might be crossing the road, forget the young … Continue reading Running Lights For Kohlrabi

“You Must Like Books” (Part II)

Blogger's Note:  The is the story of how I became a librarian.  You can read Part One here. Neither President Reagan nor any political figure in the state of Michigan were beating a path to my door as I graduated from college.  In spite of my degree in political science, it didn't seem apparent that a career in politics … Continue reading “You Must Like Books” (Part II)