Sep 162022
 
Thoughts on the Death of QEII

September 16, 2022 — I will be one of many Americans who rise early Monday to watch the funeral service of Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Regina.  I’m not even sure I got her name correctly. But as a history lover, it’s fun to watch history being made, even if I’m not feeling a personal […]

Jul 042022
 
Dear Mom

July 4, 2022 — Mom, it’s hard for me to believe you’ve been gone for over a decade. When you died, you had been long lost to us already. Your passing brought a strange relief. Yet, I’ve never gone a day without missing you, especially on your birthday, my birthday, holidays, and sometimes just random […]

May 162022
 

May 16, 2022 — A few minutes ago, I saw Dr. Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General, state on CNN that more than 100 people were killed in shootings across the country over the weekend. I am sick to death about every death. I am sick to death that our black brothers and sisters must be […]

Mar 282022
 
Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Cleavage?

March 28, 2022 — All anyone can talk about today is Will Smith’s reaction to a joke in poor taste told by Chris Rock on the Academy Awards stage last night. It’s so hard for me to imagine that almost everyone in the media has overlooked the big, and I mean the big story of […]

Mar 252022
 
Post-Book Office Clean-up

July 17, 2021 — My book is finished. Now, my office is a complete mess, a space that looks like Dorothy Gale’s house during the Kansas tornado.  My office is usually a mess, but after 29 months of slavish devotion to one project, it is worse than usual.  I am not Marie Kondo.  There will […]

Mar 072022
 
Genetic Predisposition for the Nightly Walk and Talk

March 7, 2022 — My paternal grandfather died when my dad was four years old, on June 1, 1934. I know very little about him, although I heard the following story from my grandmother, and it has been passed down for a good reason. Grandpa McVay walked and talked in his sleep. On his wedding […]

Feb 252022
 
A Lesson from Wordle

February 25, 2022 — I did not get today’s Wordle, and I’m horrified. Wordle has become a happy part of my day, and I’ve enthusiastically played every day. My supreme triumph was getting “bloke” in two!  My first guess had two letters in the appropriate places–sheer luck, I guess. Not so much today. My first two […]

Jan 302022
 
Two Years Since the Before Times

January 30, 2022 –I had a vision in the Before Times. When my spouse and I retired, we would spend weeks, if not months, somewhere warm during cold and damp winters. That has not happened. I admit I am somewhere warm; I’m in my office chair. Every. Single. Day. Other visions I’ve had included working […]

Jan 072022
 
Rubber Cement in My Hair

January 7. 2022 — When I was a month old, I attended my first picnic, or so I’m told. My parents put me on a blanket with another infant, a baby boy born in April to my summer birth. To paraphrase Louie in “Casablanca,” that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Michael “Mike” Gene […]

Jan 062022
 
Feeding Birds versus Feeding Facebook

January 6, 2022 — Mark this date on your calendar as the one where you have enough evidence to lock me up, to quote Perry Mason, in an east-coast sanatarium. For the first time in a year or so, we have snow. And like all first snows, it is beautiful, covering the ground like a […]

Dec 112021
 
Banned Books: Nothing New to See Here

In Texas, Panic Over Critical Race Theory Extends to Bookshelves – The New York Times (nytimes.com) December 11, 2021 — I’ve been a voracious reader all my life.  I was read to as a child, and I witnessed two parents reading every day, from the weekly and daily newspapers we received to their respective alumni magazines […]

Dec 062021
 
Something's Coming

December 6, 2021 —  The recent death of Stephen Sondheim put his amazing work back in the spotlight.  For me, a lifelong lover of musical theater, Sondheim was never far from mind. Especially as the genius director Steven Spielburg releases a reboot of the sixty-year-old film classic, “West Side Story.”  That movie was based on […]

Nov 212021
 
When the Fates Allow

Through the years, we all will be together. If the fates allow So hang a shining star upon the highest bough And have yourself a merry little Christmas now   November 21, 2021 — Christmas music is one of my favorite aspects of the holiday season. And the station I listen to for half of […]

Oct 062021
 
Rising Waters

October 6, 2021 — About 10 p.m. last evening, I flushed the commode after doing my duty in the master bathroom. The water in the basin rose unexpectedly and spilled over the top of the rim. I jumped back to avoid getting wet, and the forty-foot tether of oxygen tubing that is my constant friend pulled the […]

Jul 092021
 
Another Long and Short Strange Summer

July 9, 2021 — We anticipate summer forever and then it seems to rush by. A friend told me that her grandchildren return to school in less than a month.  Returning to school in early August is a silly thing.  Why do children need to spend half their summer in school?  When I was a […]

Jun 292021
 
Obvious Mistakes in Book Promotion

July 29, 2021 — I’m happy to report at 39 plus many, many years, I can still learn. The reason I still learn is that I still make mistakes. Allow me to elucidate. That’s a good example. The word elucidate should be avoided at all costs. The phrase avoided at all costs should be avoided […]

Jun 142021
 
The Wishes of an Eccentric Billionaire

Flag Day 2021 — Strange times we’re in: cicadas eating plants, dogs eating cicadas, humans stepping on cicada carcasses, the world seemingly falling apart, the pandemic over or not?  What does one little book matter in the middle of all this?  It matters a great deal. History is important.  It’s how we learn when we […]

May 292021
 
An Unncessary Public Rant about Cleaning My Office

May 29, 2021 — Joy, in passive voice, is not being sparked in this house, Marie Kondo. After 29 months, my latest book project (stay tuned) is written, edited, designed, and ready to roll. What is left in its wake is an office I wouldn’t invite the local animal control officer to visit.  (Why do […]

May 152021
 
And that's how we roll

May 15, 2021 — Oversharing.  Yes, that’s how I roll.  This horrifies almost everyone who loves me. But, I have to write.  Whether anyone reads it or not is irrelevant. I’ve been getting requests for updates.  I appreciate the love and support during this most recent adventure. People keep asking me what they can do.  […]

May 112021
 
Spandex May be the Death of Me

May 11, 2021 — Tomorrow morning at 10:45 a.m. Central Daylight Time, while you are having your second or third cup of coffee, I’ll be under anesthesia.  About a month ago I experienced a loss of vision in my left eye, and will be having my second vitrectomy. More on that later. This past week […]