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. […]

PET SEMATARY

My cat, Little Bear, was adopted by my family in 2007 when she was a year old. I didn’t change her name, it seemed to fit her. She looked like a miniature Kodiak bear. She was midnight black with bright green eyes. The perfect embodiment of a Halloween cat. Her temperament belied her spooky looks. She […]

The Night Shift

    My eyes spring open in the quiet darkness. It’s 3 a.m. according to the glowing numbers on the antiquated clock radio on my nightstand. A high-intensity flashlight beam shines directly in my eyes. I slowly realize it’s the almost-full moon piercing through my skylight. Tonight it’s unusually bright.  Waking up at 3 a.m. […]

Who was that masked man?

The recent CDC declaration regarding mask wearing took me by surprise. I was gathering up baseball equipment while getting ready to take my granddaughter to her Thursday afternoon T-ball game, when Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Center For Disease Control, appeared on the television screen with a simple statement that stopped me in […]

Coffee Talk

It certainly feels like things are getting back to normal in the outside world. The number of active Covid cases appears to be dropping, a majority of people are being vaccinated, traffic is at a stand still once again, and my wife and I have actually braved the pandemic to go on a long overdue […]

Overkill

Sometime in the not too distant future: “How was school today?” I asked my granddaughter. “Today was a good day. No one got shot,” she answered smiling.  She’s in kindergarten. I’d worry about her more if she were in middle school or high school, but I still worry nonetheless. “Were you wearing your bullet-proof backpack?” […]