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Looking Back

Oct
19
Posted at 11:47 pm

I’m a news and information kind of a guy – an AM radio junkie. So that’s usually what you’ll find me listening to during my daily commute to and from work. News. Sports. Information. But sometimes, when the mood is right – or when there’s nothing really interesting being talked about on my usual all-talk [...]

It’s the middle of the day. You’re walking – or driving or working or bicycling – along a busy highway that borders a university campus when you come upon a serious traffic accident that has just occurred. A motorcycle is lying on the roadway, in flames. A badly damaged automobile is stopped near the motorcycle, [...]

Jun
23
Posted at 9:25 pm

It figured to be a tough night for Cassie. The restaurant at which she works as a server was packed. The wait staff was short-handed. And there were several large groups that were demanding a lot of her time and attention. Oh, and one more thing: she was pregnant. For the sixth time. None of [...]

Apr
07
Posted at 8:33 pm

I had passed by her a couple of times while we were both shopping in the same grocery store at the same time. Each time she had smiled pleasantly as we passed, and I remember having the distinct impression that she was a nice, kind, polite person. And that’s important to me, because I really [...]

Mar
16
Posted at 11:28 pm

Somewhere on the other side of the world, a small group of technicians is engaged in a life-or-death struggle. This battle is not about self-preservation, as admirable as that might be. By staying to face the radiation and fire at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station following the devastation of last week’s earthquake and subsequent [...]

Mar
02
Posted at 11:19 pm

A few days have passed since the Academy Award ceremonies in Hollywood.  I think I can finally talk about my disappointment. And no, it had nothing to do with what I saw on the red carpet (but seriously, whoever heard of a Roger Vivier tube clutch with a silver sequined Gucci gown?). Nor did my [...]