American Cars

As the kids pulled out of the driveway to start their trip home to Las Vegas earlier today, I thought about the fact that we and they drive nearly identical Chevy Trailblazers, and how well these cars serve us.

I started buying American in the early 90s. During the 60s, 70s, and 80s, I’d only […]


Big Weekend Wrapup

Three more photos from the kids’ visit:

Taylor cooling off after her games

Inexplicable? Not really . . . (click on photo)

Greg, Taylor (with Schatzi), Quentin, Beth

They left Tucson for Las Vegas around noon today, and are probably still somewhere in Arizona. We should hear from them, reporting in safely […]


Big Weekend Update

A visit from the grandkids is a great excuse to post, right? We spent most of yesterday at a park near the air base, watching Taylor play fast pitch softball.

The mighty Taylor at bat

It’s been years since I’ve been to a girls’ softball game, and my, has the game changed. It’s more […]


Banned Books Project

Banned Books Week starts today, September 26, and runs through October 3.

So many books have been banned or censored, there’s no way you could read them all. There have been thousands and thousands, and more join the list every day, thanks for the forces of ignorance and intolerance loose in the land, whipped […]


Big Weekend

And it’s almost upon us. Our son Gregory, daughter in law Beth, and grandchildren Taylor and Quentin will arrive tomorrow and stay till Monday. The occasion’s an away game for Taylor’s high school softball team. That’s where we’ll be all day Saturday, cheering her on.

Sometime Sunday, my niece Gwen may drive down from Phoenix, […]


Paul’s DVD Reviews

“I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.” — Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront (1954)

The Ramen Girl (2008) The Ramen Girl is like a prettily-wrapped gift box with nothing but tissue inside. There isn’t enough here to […]


Paul’s Book Reviews

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

A Most Wanted Man, by John le Carré You know what you’re going to get with a John le Carré novel, much as you know what you’re going to get with an Elmore Leonard novel . […]


Essential Sites (a Partial List)

Please bear with me while I allow my OCD a little free play . . .

Compelled to check several times daily:


Must check daily:

HashSpace Twitter Wonkette Crooks & Liars Washington Monthly Making Light Hullabaloo Balloon Juice

No week is complete without having visited once or twice:

Sadly, No! Pandagon Strategy […]