It’s only logical to believe in Mr. Spock.
What did you know, and when did you know it?
The catchphrase, forever associated with the Watergate scandal, hinges on the culturally accepted definition of knowledge as a body of facts. These days, facts, it seems, mean different things to different people. Opinion masquerades as fact, […]
I’ve never found it easy to keep my mouth shut.
However, in the past decade or so, as public social platforms have become a virtual mosh pit for wide-eyed optimists and gun-toting vigilantes alike, my urge to, ahem, air my views has been tempered by the sheer god-awfulness of what passes for […]
The marmot, a member of the groundhog family, is a shy retiring type, eluding autograph seekers by hiding in a burrow.
Today is Groundhog Day, a holiday which will forever be linked in my mind with Bill Murray.
Maybe I’ve watched the movie too many times. What can I say? It resonates with me.
Who knows where the path ends?
I’ve been binge reading throughout this seemingly endless heat wave, and, as even the most diehard fans of Jane Austen know, there comes a time when you simply can’t reread all her books more than once a year, and the search to find novels of a similar caliber […]
The Big Pinnacle of Pilot Mountain can be seen for miles in all directions.
Yay! A fresh crispy New Year to spend on whatever mad caprice strikes our fancy! Buy something random! Go somewhere undiscovered (good luck with that). Or begin that brave new adventure, quick before Winter remembers where it left the blizzard.
Time is running out for the Nats.
It began so innocently.
I was working on a book in which softball figured prominently in the plot. As far as I knew, there weren’t many rules. I had no experience with the game, aside from a very brief attempt at playing on the girls team in […]
When I was a child I read a lot of fairy tales. Way too many, probably. The guiding principle in most of those stories was that truth and justice will eventually triumph over evil, that love will find a way, and that lasting happiness is achievable if you work hard enough.
These are […]
Buy things. Drive everywhere. It’s the American Way.
I’m not good at goodbyes. But I was ready for the departure of Don Draper and his conniving crew long before Matthew Weiner wrapped up the much-lauded television series.
True confession: I am a TV junkie. Not that I have to have it every day, but […]
Is this freedom or simply a roomy cage?
Everyone reads Dickens in high school. Trollope not so much.
As an English major, I read a lot of literature. But somehow the works of Anthony Trollope never made the must-read list. I would pick up one of his dozens of classic novels and glance at […]
Sir Terry Pratchett spoke to a packed house in 2003 as part of his book tour for “Monstrous Regiment.”
The flags will be flying at half-mast all over the Discworld today.
Yesterday the grand master of satirical fantasy, Sir Terry Pratchett, died at the age of 66.
The author of more than 70 books […]