Amazing how a grocery chain can enact an emergency plan & have it’s sh** together long before the government even starts to…

I have an H-E-B grocery about a dozen miles from my place. I went there on an errand when this whole mess was shutting things down (in the first waves of the Toilet Paper Wars, too). Things were orderly, and I wrote about it last week, so I won't rehash the whole weird day. I'll … Continue reading Amazing how a grocery chain can enact an emergency plan & have it’s sh** together long before the government even starts to…

#088–Bibliophile Baffled By Billions of Bibles on B&N Bookshelves to Buy; or, Why Are There So Many Types of Christian Bibles to Choose From?

I'm tired and bored enough to have tried to say that three times fast. And yet it feels true. I high-tailed it from work last night in the icky fog and rain to get to the nearest bookstore (well over 20 miles away from work, about 40 from home). I kept thinking about how much … Continue reading #088–Bibliophile Baffled By Billions of Bibles on B&N Bookshelves to Buy; or, Why Are There So Many Types of Christian Bibles to Choose From?

Way Out of My League: a newbie browses the world of electric guitars

I blame this article about the Fender Jazzmaster from last week for getting me into this train of thought. It made me wonder that the hell a Jazzmaster was, and then about electric guitars in general. I made a mistake last Saturday night, when I stopped thinking and went to ask those questions. More than … Continue reading Way Out of My League: a newbie browses the world of electric guitars

#068–Blitz Q: Why do people tell EVERY woman “Happy Mother’s Day” even if they may not have kids?

Okay, yesterday was my heavy Mother's Day question. Today's my lighter one, but one that's bugged me a while. I first really noticed it last year, when I was out getting things and some salespeople just up and said "Happy Mother's Day" as I was finishing my purchases and leaving. Something about that struck me. … Continue reading #068–Blitz Q: Why do people tell EVERY woman “Happy Mother’s Day” even if they may not have kids?

I’m going through a tough breakup with fried food, but we HAVE to stop seeing each other.

I'm glad July's here, because July usually brings some clarity that doesn't exist in June. I was drinking my 2nd cup of coffee (in a 16 oz mug) and started to feel that irritation in the back of the throat. If anything was telling me it was time to dump the coffee the rest of … Continue reading I’m going through a tough breakup with fried food, but we HAVE to stop seeing each other.

#010–What’s in a (pen) name? How do you find a good one & keep your privacy…sort of?

I got to thinking again about maybe using a pen name when I start submitting stories again. My main reason for this is simple: my last name gives telemarketers apoplexy. I can't imagine seeing a customer try to find it on a bookstore shelf, or somebody on a book-talk radio show trying to pronounce it. It's tough enough for people I've known a while, let alone complete strangers.