The Trouble with Grownups

In an ideal world, by the time we reach adulthood our job, among other things, is to be responsible, exercise a modicum of common sense, and be good mentors to children. There must have been a major shift in the universe because we do not live in an ideal world. In...

Variations on the Theme of Stupidity

Think of today’s column as a tribute to foolishness. Tales of criminals who forgot to engage the brain before executing their brilliant plans. Tale #1: Several years ago, this writer was on a Federal Jury. It was worth losing a week of vacation time for the pure...

From Ornate to Practical

A common assumption: people who appreciate and own the nicer things in life, including fine silver and crystal, have the means to purchase and own such fine things. But then, we know what happens when one makes assumptions, right? The fact is some people are willing...

Compulsory Displays of Affection

The terms “deep affection” or “love” implies a connection between two people of a more intimate nature than one holds for a relative or a friend. Enter the Enforced Days of Affection, also known as Mandatory Gift and Card days. If people care about their mothers,...

Fluffing Chocolates

Somewhere in the world somebody or a group of bodies write new laws every day. Laws are meant to guide and control the masses, but at some point, we ought to call a halt to the relentless insanity. On January 1, 2010: 40,627 new laws were on the books in the USA and...

Travel Tidbits

The goal of travel writers is to entice readers to travel. On the other hand, the goal of this writer is to evoke a smile, a chuckle or even an OMG. To achieve that objective, one must look in unexpected places or at least relate what “normal” folks might overlook. To...