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Poetry, Prose, and Random Thoughts

Last Build Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:50:50 +0000


My Favorite Color

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:50:50 +0000

My wife will tell you my favorite color is red, and will use my reaction when she wears a red dress as proof. However, I don’t react the same way when other people wear red. So I’m not sure the conclusion she draws is 100% correct. (Though I am not saying she is wrong. Red […]

Does this still work?

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:14:17 +0000

Is anyone reading this?

Missouri Judges and Constitutional Amendments – How I am Voting and Why

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:03:22 +0000

Missouri puts their judges up for election, and recently, there have been more and more constitutional amendments on the ballots. Here is how I am voting and why. Not that you will necessarily agree with me, but my thought process could help you make your decision. Feel free to let me know why you disagree. […]

Hanukah Hay(na)ku

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:30:00 +0000

The Hay(na)ku form is a six-word tercet, with one word in the first line, and two words in the second line. Syllables are irrelevant. Multiple Hay(na)ku can be chained together. I thought it would be appropriate to write some holiday-related Hay(na)ku. Hanukah Hay(na)ku Candles flicker; families sing Maoz Tzur. Latkes: With applesauce or sour cream? […]

The Hoover Award

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:35:30 +0000

Back in 2007 I came up with a term for a baseball statistic I had never seen anywhere else. I called it the Hoover Award. As one might guess from the name, if one is familiar with the brand of vacuum cleaners, it’s all about the greatest amount of suckage. The team each year that […]

Poem: Agitate

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:52:56 +0000

Agitate A slightly overweight middle-aged man my weapon of choice is my keyboard. I write to agitate. I hope my readers are entertained, but I also hope their brains get a little action in the process. A slight jog, maybe a few push-ups. I’m not asking for a decathlon. Sure, I’d like them to share […]

Poem Found in My Drawers

Sat, 24 Aug 2013 23:37:53 +0000

I realize this poem is out of season. Found it on a slip of paper in one of my drawers today. Explaining Only Ruins It There’s probably something wrong with the workings of my brain. I’ve decided to eat antipasta, while watching Lon Chaney on the Sunday following Easter. I’m not even Italian, or Catholic. […]

Literally, no big deal

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:17:56 +0000

“…Tom was literally rolling in wealth…” — Mark Twain, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876. (And the OED cites still earlier uses. Yes, the OED describes the usage as ‘colloquial.’ They are correct. One should only use the word in this manner when and where colloquial usages are appropriate. However, this is not a new usage.) I have […]

radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless, noble

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:04:18 +0000

I believe only one or two of these adjectives at most appropriately apply to me. All of them apply to the gas known as Radon (a byproduct of either Uranium or Thorium). Radon is everywhere – inside houses and outside. Average outside levels can be as high as 0.75 pCi/L. (Picocuries per liter. It’s nice […]

We have normality

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:48:20 +0000

“…probability factor of one to one…we have normality, I repeat we have normality…Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.” – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Caught up on sleep. Receiving the results of the Radon inspection today, and that should conclude the inspection phase. The house is very well-maintained, and assuming […]