A QUESTION OF MOTIVE

“In chess everyone had a pattern, a tendency. Average human players were invariably predictable. They had grooves in their brains, like furrows in a plowed field out in Beulah County. And the trick to being a great chess player, the… Read More ›

Recent Posts

  • THE MAKINGS OF A BAD REALITY SHOW

    “I know, right. I keep thinking” ― Peter Swanson, The Kind Worth Killing   Part Saturday Night Live, part blind power grab, Governor Lee’s drive to reform the state’s education funding formula entered its second week just as befuddling, amusing,… Read More ›

  • AN EXERCISE IN HUBRIS?

    “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many… Read More ›

  • AT FIRST BLUSH…

    “My friends are gone and my hair is grey. I ache in places I used to play. And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on. I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower of song.” ―… Read More ›

  • AN ARGUMENT FOR WALKING THE LINE

    “This is my theory,” she said. “If everybody is dressing formal, wear jeans. If everybody is wearing jeans, dress formal. Be different. They’ll notice you.” ― Reba McEntire   I ran into my buddy Slatski at the bus stop yesterday,… Read More ›

  • THE EDUCATION-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” – Dwight Eisenhower Let me… Read More ›

  • ALWAYS PLAYING HURT

    “I’m just afraid of having a tombstone that says HERE LIES A PROMISING OLD MAN.” ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest   As many of you know, I earn my primary living through special event bartending. It’s hard but rewarding… Read More ›

  • ARE WE NOW CELEBRATING THOUGHTS OVER DEEDS?

    “there was no honor among thieves. Boys in the game only respected you in direct proportion to how much they needed you divided by how much they feared you.” ― S.A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland   I’ve probably told this story… Read More ›

  • IT’S GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS

    Well I was movin’ down the road in my V8 Ford I had a shine on my boots, I had my sideburns lowered With my New York brim and my gold tooth displayed Nobody give me trouble ’cause they know… Read More ›

  • THE DANGERS OF JUST SKIMMING

    “He who controls the spice controls the universe.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune   Long-term readers of this columned are likely familiar with the term, “Friday news drop”. For the newly initiated, the “Friday news drop” is the term applied to… Read More ›