Out with a Bang

The year, that would be. Out with a bang. Shot right through the brain.

Polly scores a hit … on the bracket holding the target

This Christmas we added a compact 9mm pistol to our arsenal, so Polly and I took it and its big brother (a .357 revolver) to an indoor range this […]


It’s All In the Naming

This is the time of year when print, television, radio, and online journalists take a break from the serious business of passing on corporate and government propaganda in order to put together “Best of 2011” lists.

I thought about making a list of my best blog posts for 2011, but who am I to say […]


The Best Present

Remember me telling you about the tangled history of Maxie, our newly-adopted dachshund? We’ve been worried that Lauren, Lorrie’s daughter … and Maxie’s most recent owner … might want her puppy back some day, and no wonder … the dog is absolutely loveable, and who wouldn’t want her back?

Donna with Schatzi & Maxie, […]


Festivus Roundup (updated)

The outside lights are up, strung along the eaves on the front of our house. Polly and I put them up two weeks ago. But the tree? That’s a different story.

Our old Martha Stewart Omniliving Holiday Tree® has become a Ghost of Christmas Past: threadbare (yes, artificial trees shed too), one entire section of […]


Attack of the Brain-Eating Facebook

Oh, scare-mongering media, what will you terrify us with next?

Well, what more can one say about that? Really. Brain-eating ameobae. I’ll never put anything up my nose again. Not even a finger.

More current news, as seen on Facebook:

Anent the Dear Leader’s demise, I couldn’t help making a few jokes, but […]


It’s the Hap, Happiest Time of the Year

What time is it? Time to write the annual holiday letter to friends and relatives. It’s the hap, happiest time of the year!

Here’s one good reason to keep a blog or diary: when you can’t remember all the things you’ve done over the past year, you can go back month by month and look […]


Holiday Grab Bag

When I grew up merchants and advertisers respected non-Christian customers by using Xmas instead of Christmas. Today, Xmas has been replaced by “the holidays.” That’s the spirit in which I use the word, to acknowledge the fact that, in the words of President Obama, “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus […]


“Larger Political Considerations”

If you looked at an online news site today, read a newspaper, or watched the six o’clock news, you’re aware of this story:

Safety Board Urges Car Cellphone Ban

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended a nationwide ban on the use of cellphones and other electronic devices while driving, even hands-free devices. The recommendation […]