Earlier Musings

Don’t Kill the Cat

Don’t Kill the Cat

Let me state that, although I’m not really a “cat person,” I do get along rather well with those domesticated tigers.? In fact, when we saved one from certain death at our business, it adopted me.? Yonke Gato (Junk Cat) … Continue reading → ...
Bad Irish Jokes

Bad Irish Jokes

I love a good joke.? However, ethic jokes have a very bad rep, often for good reason? If a joke is meant to demean or insult, it is not funny.? But if it is meant to poke fun with no … Continue reading → ...
The Ides of March

The Ides of March

When it comes to the most famous date in ancient Rome, the Ides of March comes to mind.? In fact, for most it is the only date that comes to mind, thanks to Shakespeare?s Julius Caesar.? ?Beware the Ides of … Continue reading → ...
Presidents Day

Presidents Day

  When I was growing up, we had two school holidays in February: Lincoln?s Birthday on the12th and Washington?s Birthday on the 22nd.? Now we have Presidents Day on the third Monday in February.? Then again, all telephones had rotary … Continue reading → ...
Toast to the Lassies and Toast to the Laddies

Toast to the Lassies and Toast to the Laddies

I am an unabashed traditionalist. I love having traditions and following traditions.? That includes personal ones like having oatmeal (porridge) and tea for breakfast, doing my New York times crossword puzzle (except for the too-easy Monday and Tuesday ones), and? … Continue reading → ...
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

To me, no other Christmas movie can come close to matching A Christmas Carol.? After all, no other Christmas screenplay has been based on work by a writer of the quality of Charles Dickens.? That being said, since his writings … Continue reading → ...
Ghost of Christmas Past

Ghost of Christmas Past

In Charles Dicken?s classic tale of yuletide fiction, A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts: Past, Present and Yet to Come.? The Ghost of Christmas Past reminds him of what Christmases were like before he became obsessed with … Continue reading → ...
Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

No, this post has nothing to do with Erica Jong?s risqu? novel of 1973.? Although I am a writer and am on my return trip from a trip from Vienna, unlike Erica?s protagonist I am accompanied by my wife and … Continue reading → ...
My Corpse, My Corpse, a Lawsuit for My Corpse

My Corpse, My Corpse, a Lawsuit for My Corpse

In Shakespeare?s Richard III, the last Plantagenet king is an ambitious, heartless and scheming hunchback.? As Richard of York, he marries Anne Neville, saying he will get rid of her when she has served her purpose (provided him a wealthy … Continue reading → ...
Sherlock Holmes: The World’s Greatest Detective

Sherlock Holmes: The World’s Greatest Detective

While Batman (another favorite of mine) has tried to usurp the title in modern times, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?s Sherlock Holmes was the first one termed ?The World?s Greatest Detective.? Why? He wasn?t the first fictional detective. Edgar Allan Poe?s … Continue reading → ...
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