Category Archive for 'Life During Wartime'

The Critical Mass

The new urgency in Presidents Day Happy Presidents Day. A holiday that calls attention to the fact that it’s been a year since we’ve had a president. The United States is falling apart. We should be united in the idea that we must act against guns in this country. “Thoughts and prayers” are useless. After […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Men had their chance, and blew it At The Cub Room this past December, I contributed a spoken-word performance to Tommy Brunett’s Whiskey Brunch, with Greg Hassett on guitar and Gregory Andrews on drums. In recognition of #MeToo, the Women’s March protesters who last weekend filled the streets of many of our major cities, and […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

How I spend my idle time As an unemployed American, I am frequently asked by my concerned fellow citizens, “So, what are you doing these days?” In response, I’ve been compiling a “To Do” list, just to keep the conversation going. I haven’t crossed off a whole lot yet. But I think some of this […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Why we need clouds During the Thanksgiving morning walk in the woods with the dog, she did as she always does, trotting 15 or 20 yards ahead of me, frequently glancing over her shoulder, checking to see if I’m still there. She has the same look on her face that I’ve seen on all of […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

After 6,000 years, civilization agrees on one thing: No eye gouging Men have been in charge of what we recognize as civilization for about 6,000 years. The results have not been encouraging. Men created war and slavery. Men are responsible for creating the mechanisms that have created a rich and powerful business class, a minuscule […]

Read Full Post »

People. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.   People. Meh… Crowds, that was the word for the weekend. I needed some new black jeans for Saturday night’s show, “What If Everyone In Rochester Wrote the Same Song?” So Friday afternoon, clutching 10- and 20-percent off Veterans Day coupons in hand, I drove over […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

 It’s time to start pruning the bad limbs from the tree Several friends of mine have been posting ME TOO stories on Facebook. Women bearing witness to their experiences with sexual harassment. I’d heard pieces of these stories from them, but not the whole thing. I’d never picked up on the sense of entitlement that […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

The lonely paperboy It’s not been three weeks yet since I was laid off as entertainment writer at the Democrat and Chronicle. And one of the first things I did, of course, was cancel my subscription. I didn’t feel like finding that reminder sitting on the front porch when I took the dog out for […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

The suckers born every minute Four of us were on the way outta Cooperstown when I slammed on the brakes. A sign along the roadside had caught my eye: THE CARDIFF GIANT. He was here, at the Farmer’s Museum. I had to see him. The Cardiff Giant is often labeled as the greatest hoax in […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

The morning walks are getting strange The morning dog walks have been encouragingly productive in recent weeks. I’ve picked up a lot of scrap wood on the curb, of course, I always do. I found a screen to replace the damaged one in the front window, oven racks I can cut down to use on […]

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »