Musings on Building a Better Mousetrap (or Airplane)

While visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ last week, I was overwhelmed by the vast array of flying machines on display. That got me thinking about how one idea, manned flight, bloomed into hundreds of variations. Continue reading Musings on Building a Better Mousetrap (or Airplane)

On the Road Again

I’m about ready to go on my second of three trips within four weeks. Unfortunately, this trip and the next involve air travel, my least favorite form of getting from one place to another. As I get older, traveling gets Continue reading On the Road Again

A Season of Loss

It’s been a season of loss for me in December and January. My mother-in-law, my brother’s father-in-law, and a good golf buddy of mine all passed away in the past six weeks. They were all loved by many and will Continue reading A Season of Loss

What’s the Best Food Movie Ever Made?

*Spoiler Alert* If you don’t want to know the basic story of The Hundred-Foot Journey and how it ends, skip everything before the YouTube trailer. My wife and I recently viewed The Hundred-Foot Journey, a movie about an Indian family Continue reading What’s the Best Food Movie Ever Made?

Miles

This is my good friend, Miles. He’s got Japanese roots, but was actually born in Georgetown, KY. He was named after Miles Davis, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Miles has visited each coast, been to Canada Continue reading Miles

The Olympic Games: Just Another Made-for-TV Reality Show?

I get easily sidetracked watching the Olympic Games. To me, live sporting events are the original and best form of reality TV. The Masters Golf Tournament is the best of sports reality TV, but I’m a golfer, so I’m biased. Continue reading The Olympic Games: Just Another Made-for-TV Reality Show?

The Funniest Thing You Will Read Today

Ran across this today. Always plenty of laughs, and a fun way to stimulate one’s creativity if you are a writer or just like to play with words. http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/2013win.html Humor is a great intellectual/emotional/ even spiritual stimulant (heck, even physical because Continue reading The Funniest Thing You Will Read Today

A Moment of Zen

Under enough peer pressure, sooner or later we all conform. 🙂 The second clip is particularly mesmerizing. http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/05/17/184815141/the-little-metronome-that-wouldnt?ft=3&f=111787346&sc=nl&cc=es-20130526

New Beginnings

Today is my first official post as “A Neo-Renaissance Writer.” You may wonder why I changed my blog’s title. Here are a few reasons: The  protagonists of my fiction writing will be Renaissance people (or polymaths)–characters who have a broad array Continue reading New Beginnings

You call this spring??? In Minnesota … yeah, we do.

My town made national weather headlines today. 13+ inches of snow fell overnight and we may get more today through tomorrow.  One observer in the area reported 15 inches as of this morning. This is the winter that won’t die! Arrgghh! Continue reading You call this spring??? In Minnesota … yeah, we do.