Ideas & Excuses2020-10-11T09:27:54-06:00

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Story Graphs by Kurt Vonnegut

I had the privilege of hearing Kurt Vonnegut speak once toward the end of his life. I was overwhelmed by is humor and humanity. He was a unique and brilliant individual. The video below showcases that humor, so take 5 minutes to be thoroughly entertained. Who knows, it could cure a case of writer's block as well.

By |May 12th, 2022|Creativity, Ideas & Excuses|

Halfway Through

Another article about my birthday that I published eight years ago. Update: Still working on telling that story.  In a few days, I will turn 45 years old. A momentous occasion I have decided. It officially marks my exact middle age. I am officially halfway through. See, the men in my family do not usually live into their 90s or beyond. Sure, you get the occasional long-lifer who bucks the odds, but the majority die

By |April 27th, 2022|Ideas & Excuses, Temptations & Trespasses|

Opening Day

The smell of cut grass and hot dogs and mustard. The sound of leather on polished wood. The taste of cheap beer drunk from plastic cups. Bunting hung from the eaves and a marching band and jets flying in formation. The sound of laughter and conversation and cheers. The anticipation of summer and the possibility of greatness. It’s Opening Day, the true first day of spring. A national holiday (or at least it should be)

By |April 7th, 2022|Ideas & Excuses, Summertime|

The Superfruit: In Praise of the Avocado

Recent studies have shown that avocados are ridiculously healthy for you and have health benefits that are, to put it mildly, amazing. This is fantastic news. I love avocados. I was 18 when I had my first avocado. Oh, sure I had a "guacamole salad" of the Taco Bell variety before that but honestly I'm not really sure if there were any avocados in that concoction. It was a neon green paste with chunks of

By |February 28th, 2022|Being Green, Ideas & Excuses|

Happy Life Day: The Star Wars Holiday Special

Author's note: This was written nearly seven years ago and I must admit my opinion of the Star Wars Holiday Special has softened a bit. Oh, I still think it's awful don't get me wrong, but it has for me fallen into the "so bad it's good" category. Well, sort of. You see while I do still find the choices made in this bizarre and strange little program to be mind-boggling and at times

By |December 8th, 2021|Features, Ideas & Excuses, Thoughts & Notions, Xmas|

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