Culture

Why We Write

The great journalist, satirist and cultural critic, H.L. Mencken, (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) wrote: “Why then do rational men and women engage in so barbarous and exhausting a vocation (writing) – for there are relatively intelligent and… Read More ›

Our Daily Bread

Humorless oafs can ruin any social outing.  Yes, you know the ones – ordering anchovies on a pizza for a group of folks allergic to all forms of life aquatic. What promised to be an epic gabfest of exchanging texts… Read More ›

Remarkable Disinclinations

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. – Douglas Adams No one likes to be told, well, really anything.  It… Read More ›

Where are…the Treats!

“I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.” ― John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces   So many geniuses…so… Read More ›

When I’m…62

“Don’t let them ever do this to you.” Those were the pearls of wisdom my 80-year-old mother told me after her second back surgery, just coming off the post surgery drugs and cognitive enough to understand that having another steel… Read More ›

A Matter of Taste

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of… Read More ›