George Bernard Shaw: “a Tolstoy with jokes”

It's true! Or a David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest 100 years 'prior to'. I was introduced to Shaw's play Pygmalion (1914) sixty some years ago. When my mother took me by the hand and made me accompany her to My Fair Lady, a modern version of the theater performance, staring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison. I can't recall … Continue reading George Bernard Shaw: “a Tolstoy with jokes”

The Pursuit Of Happiness

At a recent session with my psych-girl, she closed with three "suggestions": Lower your expectations Reduce your drinking Censor yourself Is there a better prescription for unhappiness? Or is it one for happiness? Christopher Hitchens once said: It's not true that you shouldn't drink alone; these can be the happiest glasses you ever drain. I … Continue reading The Pursuit Of Happiness

Planet Of The Humans: a review

Monday I watched Planet Of The Humans, and today, Tuesday, the three principle drivers of the documentary were interviewed on Rising by one of my favorite personalities, Krystal Ball. The executive producer is Michael Moore and the director/creator is Jeff Gibbs. The two had been working on the film for fifteen years. It's about the dire … Continue reading Planet Of The Humans: a review

Free Man In Colorado: Unplugged

I took the last step to being a free man in Colorado Wednesday - cutting the cable. That's right! I am now totally internet dependent. (More free?) No more broadcast, or cable, TV talking heads for me. The blather and nonsense is gone. Poof. I have removed from my life all that propaganda, as well … Continue reading Free Man In Colorado: Unplugged

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten is singer songwriter John Prine. He died Tuesday of the virus. He was seventy-three and in poor health. I was introduced to John Prine's music in the early 70's by my neighbor, friend, and drinking buddy, Mike. Mike was a Vietnam vet and a postal worker - as was Prine, a … Continue reading Gone but not forgotten

Grocery shopping, etc. and so on

Went grocery shopping today (Tuesday, March 31, 2020). Day twenty (20) of the COVID-19 panic in the USA. I was a little apprehensive, given the news coverage; and also, some folk I follow here on WordPress. What I saw and experienced today was pretty typical of my prior grocery shopping experiences. Thank goodness. [Granted, I live … Continue reading Grocery shopping, etc. and so on

Love, lighthouses, and leaf blowers

CHAPTER 20 (love) “Hello, Bobbie, how are ya?” “Well, thank you.” I sat on the sofa, and Bobbie moved from behind her desk with her yellow legal pad in hand. She sat down in the straight-backed chair. “Let’s see, did you come today with a goal in mind that we can work towards?” “Actually … … Continue reading Love, lighthouses, and leaf blowers