Facebook: The Herald of Death, Driven by the well-meaning yet reckless.

What is it about the passing of a friend or family member that makes some people reach out on social media with abandon? Such is the world where individuals can exercise the power of mass media. Facebook is a very effective way of disseminating information, which can very much be a good thing. Old friends …

Race Report – The California International Marthon – 2017

Last Sunday I ran the California International Marathon. It was my fourth marathon this year, my 24th marathon overall, and my eighth CIM! I am more familiar with the CIM than any other marathon. And I can tell you that even though it is a pleasant course, it is sometimes plagued with bad weather. Not …

Ode to a Guy I Met Once – Gabby of the Cadillac Tramps

The Cadillac Tramps documentary Life on the Edge is premiering next week in Los Angeles! My girlfriend Shannon asked me if I had ever seen the Cadillac Tramps. And I had to admit, my answer was rather embarrassing. “…I might have.” The thing is, back in my bacchanalian days I saw tons of shows. I …

Old Cat Ollie, and the Price of Compassion

Last year my cat Jadzia went missing, and I searched everywhere for her. No body in the surrounding areas, no cat, nothing. She just disappeared. (Yes, she is chipped.) My search for Jadzia involved repeated visits to many of the area animal shelters, especially the one in Berkeley California, my hometown. (We never found her. …

The Ten Best Books About Shakespeare

The Shakespearean Plays are, without a doubt, one of the most widely read collection of works in the history of literature. Being a fan of the plays as well as geeking out on the ever-present authorship question, I have read many books about Shakespeare, the Shakespearean plays, and the culture of Shakespeare, and in this …

My Uneasy Relationship with Twelve Step

I have been clean for more than twenty years, after having lived a life of using copious amounts of alcohol and recreational drugs. That’s how I usually say it, that I’ve been clean all of these years, but to some people who aren’t down with the Bill Wilson way of speaking I might say I’ve …

An Excerpt from my Novel The Clubber – The Mittenator

An excerpt from my novel, The Clubber: A Tale of the Eighties, available now on Amazon.com    There was quite a large crowd outside the Alphonse J. Building. It was almost as large as a Saturday night Das Prahlend crowd. But this crowd was different. There were almost no underage throcking idiots, and there weren’t any wandering …