The Best Books I Read in 2016

THE FINALISTS Dark Places  by Gillian Flynn Gillian Flynn is a seriously talented writer, if only for the fact she can write totally unlikable protagonists and still compel you to finish the book. I applaud her decision to feature atypical Continue reading The Best Books I Read in 2016

Celebrating Milestones

Hello, loyal followers, When I started this blog six (!) years ago, I did so because all the writing experts at the time claimed that having a blog was necessary for writing success. The world of platform-building was largely unexplored Continue reading Celebrating Milestones

Rant about Quicken

Quicken, the financial software from Intuit, is the only electronic application (whether software, hardware, in-between-ware, or cabana wear), with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love Quicken because it allows me to still prepare my own income tax return. Continue reading Rant about Quicken

Getting Old Sucks, Yet I’m Grateful

I’ll be 60 in two months and Thanksgiving has given me pause to consider what I’m thankful for, so here goes. Getting old sucks. Plain and simple. Especially for those of us fortunate enough to have enjoyed excellent health for Continue reading Getting Old Sucks, Yet I’m Grateful

getting out of one’s comfort zone

As a Neo-Renaissance guy, I believe that we learn the most by doing activities that challenge us to take risk, expand out experiences, put stress on us either mentally or physically, and in general, take us out of our comfort Continue reading getting out of one’s comfort zone

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Just have to rave more about Sam Robson. Here’s his latest. It’s a stunner. Very symphonic. He brilliantly combines dozens of tracks to create a superlative performance of a movie and Broadway classic. Enjoy. By the way, this hits me Continue reading Put on Your Dancing Shoes

On the Generosity and Community Spirit of Writers

I’ve been writing seriously, attempting to publish a book, for more than seven years. I am a piddlingly small fish in the big pond of humans who call themselves writers, authors, scribes, journalists, scribblers, or any other name for someone Continue reading On the Generosity and Community Spirit of Writers

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

Traveling the World Within Your Hometown

A few days ago, I attended a volunteer appreciation dinner for my favorite charity of all time, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota. I’ve been a Big for almost 14 years, and had an active match with a terrific Continue reading Traveling the World Within Your Hometown