Killing Him Softly

“Hello?” “Alicia.” Damn. It was Amanda, from Accounts Receivable. “You’re late.” That woman made me more nervous than a basket of bunnies. I tried to put a smile in my voice. “What’s the penalty this time, Amanda?” “You’ll have to ask the Man in the Penthouse. Any time debt exceeds our consultants‘ estimate of your Read More …

Jellybeans

“Marva?” At the sound of Dorothy calling my name, my daydream burst like a soap bubble. “Yes?” “The look on your face!” exclaimed Dorothy. “Thought you’d gotten hold of one of those earwax-flavored jellybeans my nephew brought over here on April Fool’s Day! What was that – licorice?” I’m no fan of licorice – I’m Read More …

Iridium

I might never have heard of iridium if not for Tom Lehrer, whose catchy setting of the periodic table of elements to a Gilbert and Sullivan tune did more to heighten my awareness of chemistry than the few weeks of college Chem I I took before dropping the class. “…There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium, and Read More …

Flowers

Flowers bloom year ’round, here in Houston. Spring wildflowers are blooming, now, and the bees are happy. A bumblebee tried to whisper in my ear, yesterday- “Avoid the butterflies,” he said. “They’re flighty.” “Sure, but you’re a bumbling bee, so you shouldn’t be so critical.” I ducked like a nimble prizefighter as the round little Read More …

Eggs

Energizing Eggs I love eggs for breakfast! It’s a nearly perfect protein, and keeps me alert and energized better than a smoothie or a sweet, carb-laden breakfast cereal. I like both, mind you; they’re not “forbidden foods.” But if I need to be on the top of my game, I have to avoid added sugar, Read More …

Dragons

Nestled among the books, there rests a slow burn of dragons. A quick Google search will tell you that it’s either a “flight of dragons,” a “weyr of dragons,” or a “wing of dragons.” But these are library dragons. They breathe fiery rhetoric, have burning questions, and hotly debate the finer points of grammar. They Read More …

Creature of Nightmares

It is a curious creature, the Hexapus. It would not exist at all, if not for the dispassionate cruelty of lab rats and genetic engineers. It isn’t consciously aware of its own origins, but it has no abstract fondness for the thing that created it. It creeps on six tentacles through the sludge-caked storm sewer, Read More …

Berries, Bananas, and a Blender

Berries, bananas, and a blender make the best breakfast smoothie – not to mention an alliterative alimentary awakening! Just combine one cup of skim milk, one banana (fresh or frozen), and about 1/2 cup of frozen, mixed berries in a blender and blend till smooth. Add 28g of Kellogg’s All Bran Buds, ground to a Read More …

Auntie Nim

Auntie Nim was a delightfully infuriating bundle of internal contradictions. Industriously lazy and deeply introverted, she invented the most entertainingly involved excuses for staying home with a good book, doing nothing of note. Her cloudy scowl was seldom a harbinger of rain, let alone thunder; just beneath the surface of her stormy external demeanor, Auntie Nim Read More …

Food, Fantasy, and Fiction

Oh, Food! “I don’t understand why people need to take pictures of their food and share them on social media.” My future son-in-law threw down the gauntlet. He didn’t realize that’s what he was doing, but my friend Todd Kruse, might’ve anticipated my reaction, having once mocked the use of #hashtags. I convinced Todd that hashtags and Read More …

I Never Said That! #FridayReflections

The Internet, once a place for academic collaboration and knowledge sharing, has become fertile soil for the emergence and growth of “alternative facts” and “fake news.” We are all complicit in the spread and planting of this mental kudzu, and it speaks volumes about us – all of us – when we share what we Read More …

The Authoritative Authority Blogger

It is 2017, and we have moved from arguments like “PC vs. Mac” or “Which is King: Content or Marketing?” or “Is Passive Voice Evil?” and trying to answer the eternal question of what constitutes a “real writer” and is a blogger such a creature? to “What Is An Authority Blog Post?” My first thought Read More …