Write What You Know

Maybe one of the oldest saws in the book-writing book is to "write what you know," something I take as good advice, if not necessarily ironclad. WWYK is something that Stephen King, for one example, clearly has subscribed to over his long and prolific career. He places many of his stories in his birthplace and… Continue reading Write What You Know

The National Comics League

I love Luann. It is, to confess, a weakness. That goofy, button-nosed plain-Jane always-a-teen has had me bewitched for years. In a household that still gets the local newspaper -- an honest-to-God bunch of newsprint that is filled with news, more or less, and is delivered in a little plastic bag onto our driveway every… Continue reading The National Comics League

On ‘The Mothers’

The best novels, the best stories, stay with you a while, don't they? I finished The Mothers, Brit Bennett's 2016 debut, a few weeks ago, and I thought about it for several days after. It pops up in my crowded head, still, every now and again, whenever I read about an African American church, or… Continue reading On ‘The Mothers’

Into the Great Unknown

Retirement always has been some sort of faraway concept to me, a fuzzy dream that may or may not contain beaches, golf, exotic vacations, lounging around in various stages of undress with your still-hot, always smiling spouse, and lots of time to volunteer, to read and to work on projects that you never really found… Continue reading Into the Great Unknown

What’s Up with This?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv98ceYutgQ This is a cheap post, I'll admit. No revelations, no rants, no dug-up family memories in this one. Sometimes, you just discover things on the internet that you have to share. I'd never seen the Saturday Night Live sketch "What Up With That?" until recently. I long ago stopped watching SNL live because, you… Continue reading What’s Up with This?

On Jekyll

A few weeks ago, for the first time in my 22 years living in Georgia -- I have been here now longer, by a good bit, than I've been anywhere, and have stayed in this house on this cul de sac in Alpharetta longer than in any single place, including the big red house in… Continue reading On Jekyll