Magda

The most amazing person I've ever met in decades of interviewing people -- easily thousands of people; astronauts and farmworkers, scientists and salesmen, doctors and lawyers, tons of professional athletes, and at least one real life cowboy -- was a 93-year-old woman with a beehive hairdo who could talk the hair off your head and… Continue reading Magda

Fathers, Sons & Brothers

When the topic of my high school athletic career is raised, certainly never by anyone but me, I don't gin up some story of teen glory. I don't pretend I was a scrappy point guard on the basketball team, or a good-glove no-hit cog on the baseball team, or (as if anyone would believe it)… Continue reading Fathers, Sons & Brothers

Coming Out

The whole idea of needles, when you stop to think about it (which I'm already realizing is probably not something you want to do), is pretty medieval. Throw in the slightly kooky concept of vaccines -- which are often, but not always, an actual smidgen of the very sickness that you're trying to avoid --… Continue reading Coming Out

25 Years Inside the Internet

Anniversaries always provide a convenient time to reflect, especially so now that we're all trapped helplessly inside our homes while a fricking virus ravages the world outside. Sorry. Venting. Won't happen again. Positive thoughts, everybody. Positive. While trying to keep from going hair-ripping, batguano crazy recently -- I usually do this by researching and writing… Continue reading 25 Years Inside the Internet

They Call it a Miracle

At the end of just about every NFL game, with about five minutes remaining, the sweaty, mustard-stained denizens of the press box are escorted down to the playing field. This is not, much as it might seem to some, a perk for the hard-working men and women of the fourth estate. It's not an attempt… Continue reading They Call it a Miracle

How to Read

After years of having our local newspaper slung onto the driveway every morning, we recently made the decision, finally, to stop it. We're still getting our Atlanta Journal-Constitution every day. But it's in digital-only form from here on out, so we can read it on our laptops (because we don't sit in front of those… Continue reading How to Read