I don’t mind doing laundry — it’s clean and warm at the finish. But what will make me madder than a linen skirt in hot water is finding clean laundry thrown in with the dirty because a teenager doesn’t want to take the time to put it away. I try not to take it personally, but I fail. I mean, who raised these hooligans? Aren’t millennials supposed to be up in arms about the environment? […]
Essays and News
1. Thou shalt not be boring.
2. Put want/desire/longing at the heart of every character. Why? Because want, desire and longing are at the heart of every human being who’s ever sucked down a lungful of air. You and I are walking want machines.
3. Don’t use publication as a form of validation. You don’t have to be published to be a writer. You don’t need permission. You don’t need a teacher, a degree, an editor, […]
Fortnite, or correctly spelled: Fortnight.
That deliciously English word which means a unit of time of two weeks; ergo, 14 nights. No doubt my first acquaintance with this word was in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice: “I honour your circumspection. A fortnight’s acquaintance is certainly very little. One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight.” I’d add to Jane’s observation, and wager to say that one cannot know what a man really is even by the end of a score or two. […]
Though I feel I know you well after over 20 visits, still I couldn’t let another moment go by without writing to thank you. The gifts of summer you shared with me were truly awesome. What’s more, I learned heaps — about you, people and life in general. And if, as some say, memories are a person’s greatest possession, I can now add a wealth of new riches to my storehouse. […]
When two of your three grandchildren are siblings and the third one is not, that makes all of them cousins, even though the first two are not cousins of each other but only of the third, who is a cousin of the first two but not of himself.
That makes the cuckoo who concocted this cockamamie cousin conundrum a grandfather twice removed, which means he should have been removed from a family get-together twice already but, […]