Family redefined

The odds were a million to one. Two young couples from different parts of the state plan their weddings for the same day and meet on a honeymoon package tour of Southern Florida. The calendar date, November 8, 1980, determined a chance meeting that brought two families together for life, creating a unique bond lasting […]

Turn back time

For a brief moment I thought I was living in the Matrix (for real).  “What time is it?” I asked my Alexa machine.  “It’s 3:03 p.m.” the machine answered in its (her?) soothing robotic voice. Suddenly from my cell phone, the Google Assistant app’s voice chimed in. On its own it decided to offer another […]

This is Halloween?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween. On every street corner you see 12-foot skeletons and giant inflatable jack-o-lanterns looming over leaf strewn lawns. These scary home decorations are multiplying every year, threatening to become more popular than Christmas displays. Another sign of the twisted times we are living in. This Halloween there will […]

The Walking Dead

HIPAA laws be damned. I’m going to break some patient/doctor confidentiality. It’s legal if the patient does it, right? I’m not the one who took the oath. At the end of September, my annual medical examination was looming large on my calendar with a big red “X”. This past year I’ve had more medical “nuisances” […]

Blondie is a group

Forty-three years ago, in September 1978, a rock album was released that revolutionized the music industry. The group Blondie released their third studio album “Parallel Lines”. The disc contained songs blending different genres of music and ushered in Dance Rock as a new category. The smash number one single Heart of Glass can still be […]

Covid-19th Nervous Breakdown

“You better stop. Look around. Here comes your Covid-19th nervous breakdown.” Thank you Mick Jagger for letting me take liberties with your song lyrics. The words are fitting for how I feel today. A few short months ago I thought America had the coronavirus pandemic under control. Restrictions were loosening up. My life was slowly […]

Best hurricane ever

I admit I was a victim of media hype regarding the arrival of hurricane Henri a few weeks ago. The weather people can only be The Boy Who Cried Wolf so many times before they correctly forecast a storm. The week leading up to Henri, weather projections showed a stream of wacky noodles indicating potential […]

Splash mountain

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Thank you, Charles Dickens for summing up my week-long summer vacation with my family in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. With July 2021 being the wettest month in the past one hundred years, why should the week I picked for our family […]

Lights, camera, action!

While endlessly scrolling Facebook, I saw an ad for an audition to become part of a Boston improvisational comedy theater troupe. I’ve always loved entertaining audiences through my writing and cartooning. Acting seemed like the next logical step. I filled out the online application not really knowing what to expect. When I hit the submit […]

Thanksgiving in July

Last week’s July Fourth holiday didn’t quite go as planned. I was supposed to be sitting atop the White Mountains breathing fresh air and basking in the sunshine. Instead, I was sitting in Stoneham at my dining room table enjoying a Thanksgiving feast.  The washout weather was a big factor in my change of plans. […]