June 28, 2018

      Sure, that headline that appeared on The Onion* satirical website - www.theonion.com - after Joe Jackson's recent death was meant as a joke.

      The truth, though, is that millions of words will be written by people vilifying Joe Jackson because of what they've heard or read about him.

      Few of those people writing mean things about Joe's parenting style and business practices know him personally, though....

June 25, 2018

      Is there a statute of limitations on shame?

      Let's say 40 years.

      Because that's how long it's been since your loyal correspondent used to walk up and down pre-gentrified 14th Street in Washington, D.C., waiting for one of the painted ladies of the evening to say "Hey handsome. Want a date?"

      That was the only way, I figured, I'd ever hear those words directed toward me. After...

June 15, 2018

       Remember last Fathers Day when you woke up and tried to call your dad, but all of the telephone lines were busy because everyone else was calling their dad at the exact same time?

      And remember later that day when you had to wait two hours at your favorite restaurant to get a seat because everyone else was taking dear ol' dad out to celebrate his day?

      Neither do I.

      Chances are, though...

June 9, 2018

What I've got they used to call the blues.

Nothing is really wrong,

feeing like I don't belong.

Hanging around

Some kind of lonely clown... Karen Carpenter, Rainy Days and Mondays.

       When it comes to saying something stupid, I'll put my record up against anybody's.

       There was one time I didn't say something stupid, though, and I still marvel that I didn't.

      And thank God.

      When I was 17, a li...

June 4, 2018

      "Nature," the Durham County deputy sheriff told me Sunday morning, "can sometimes be cruel."

      He was right.

      Trying to prevent that cruelty is precisely why I'd called the sheriff's department in the first place. After waking up and wiping the hair and the sleep from my eyes, I looked out my window and saw a tiny, forlorn fawn furled up on the ground in my backyard. The protective camouflage coating provided by...

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