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The Haint that Ain’t

November 8, 2013 One of my favorite quotes about what it takes to be a great writer is from Ernest Hemingway. more »»

Ectoplasmic palaver

November 1, 2013 In Shakespeare’s time, ghosts were real. That is, people thought they were real. more »»

Puppy love

October 25, 2013 As a devoted pet owner, I regard cats and dogs like kidneys: You need only one to survive, but it’s best to have two — just in case. more »»

What’s in D.C. can stay in D.C.

October 18, 2013 We think being right is always a good thing. But it’s not. more »»

When a boy goes to get a man’s job

October 11, 2013 On Wednesday I was schmoozing with my old landsman Paul Pillis. more »»

Further misadventures of Deadeye Dope

October 4, 2013 I feel sorry for today’s middle-class kids. Not that they have it bad —they don’t. In fact, their problem is they have it good – too good. more »»

Angels in the Adirondacks?

September 27, 2013 A little known fact is almost all magicians are either skeptical or total disbelievers of paranormal phenomena. And, being a magician myself, I’m likewise skeptical. more »»

Tales of the Good Deed Kid

September 20, 2013 It was Christmas season and I was 10 or so, on a New York City bus with my mother and brother. At one stop, a woman got on, holding two big bags of gifts. more »»

Score one for the optimistic optometrist

September 13, 2013 Every childhood road trip followed the same pattern. First, we were all excited to be going. Then, boredom set in. And once it did, we struggled mightily to keep our spirits u. more »»

A couple of bang-up jobs

September 6, 2013 “Ready on the right?” barked the stern voice. “Ready,” we answered. “Ready on the left?” “Ready,” we again answered. “Ready on the firing line?” “Ready.” My finger tensed on the trigge. more »»

It takes brass

August 30, 2013 One of the great advantages of old age (if not the only one) is being able to pass judgment on younger generations anywhere, anytime, anyhow. more »»

A cartoon kind of kid

August 23, 2013 Two weeks ago I wrote about my introduction to The World’s Great Literature — the men’s magazines of the ’50s and ’60s. more »»

Making music and magic

August 16, 2013 I was walking through the Petrova school courtyard, lost in thought. That’s nothing new, since I’m always lost in thought when I’m near Petrova. more »»

For men only

August 9, 2013 Of late, the Hotel Saranac has been on Enterprise’s front page, which of course reminded me of all sorts of stories about it. more »»

The great deer riddle

August 2, 2013 Among the infinite number of disconnects between city and country folks, my favorite is The Animal Thing. To city people, wild animals are something they see only in zoos. more »»

Fine Dopish dining

July 26, 2013 After 40 years’ teaching at a culinary arts and forestry school, you’d think I’ve become somewhat knowledgeable about those fields. And if you did, you’d be half-right. more »»

Grappling with a dilemma

July 19, 2013 When I answered the phone, the voice on the other end was instantly recognizable. It was someone from long ago and far away -- my best friend from Old Siwash, Will Kendric. more »»

Hell on wheels

July 12, 2013 Science fiction fans say the greatest culture shock would be if Earthlings met extraterrestrials, and maybe that’s right. more »»

The Wild West in the Frozen North

July 5, 2013 When at the tender age of 18, I flunked out of college, I knew I had to do something, but had no idea what it was. Then, on a whim it hit me?—?I was going to hitch-hike to Texas. more »»

The fork of fury

June 28, 2013 Whenever I run into another old townie, the topic of conversation always becomes My Home Town in The Good Old Days. more »»



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