Summary of My Discontent

Watching the Oscars in Hanoi

I had just settled in for a steaming bowl of pho gà, the national breakfast of Vietnam, when my lovely wife Mary pointed behind me and said, “Hey look, the red carpet.&rdq

Stop Calling Me Surly

Wicked statecraft kills bills

The train was so freighted with baggage and on such a fast track — greased by lobbyists — that it barreled through a committee before the AARP’s alarms were heard.

Fables of the Deconstruction

I’ll be around

My neighbors got a divorce. He started putting his stuff in storage last fall, and then he moved away.

Summary of My Discontent

You may or may not be a miracle

You are a unique miracle. Consider: The universe is 13.77 billion years old, give or take a few weeks. The Milky Way is 13.2 billion years old. The earth is 4.6 billion years old.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Top 10 Black Heroes and Villains

From never-ending political wrangling to murder, there’s enough serious stuff going on. I say let’s take a break from it, relax and have some fun for a change.

Stop Calling Me Surly

The lives and death of Jon Cook

Musician, visual artist and writer Jon Cook, an iconic child of the Highlands, was blessed with a strong heart and titanic talents.

Fables of the Deconstruction

All This Useless Beauty/Lost in Space

In my capacity as a counselor to fictional characters, I have heard some pretty crazy stories.

Summary of My Discontent

My night to cook

Damn. My night to cook. I love cooking. It’s deciding what to cook that I hate. I’m so tired of everything.

Raised Relief

Just a pinch

Doubt is a real sunnavabitch.

Stop Calling Me Surly

The angina monologue

Seven years ago this week, I got my life back after quadruple bypass surgery.