Deja-vu Year

And just like that, 2021 and all the baggage that came with it is behind us. Funny, I said the same thing about 2020. We may be entering a new year, but why do I get the sinking feeling there will be some carry over baggage tagging along for the ride as the calendar changes. […]

The (real) night before Christmas

Holiday throwbacks are everywhere this season, from the lighted ceramic Christmas tree grandma made to Uncle Bob’s recipe for spiked egg nog which nobody really likes but will still drink to make it through the night. This week, I wanted to bring back a Christmas classic. I gathered together a plate of cookies and a […]

Savor the days

This year’s countdown to the holidays began on October 31st when people started decorating for Christmas and department stores rolled out their holiday advertising campaigns. Blame it on the pandemic, or the thirst for diversion from the nightly news. People are ready to party like never before to make up for last year’s masked-up isolated […]

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 […]