The Clock Talks

July 10, 2014
There’s a joke in a Woody Allen movie about a man who kicked a TV set. The next time he went into an elevator, he heard an ominous voice say as the doors closed, ‘are you that guy who kicked the TV?’ The elevator had apparently been waiting for him. Something similar happened to us this ... continued

How I Spent the Fourth

July 8, 2014
We had nowhere to go on the Fourth of July, so I did what I always do when I have no place to go: I watched TV. I watched the Macy’s fireworks special from New York, which Whitley had recorded for me. After that, I watched Private Benjamin, a Goldie Hawn movie about a pampered ... continued


July 7, 2014
In my building, I don’t need to have an alarm clock. My neighbors wake me up. This building was constructed in 1963, and has been through a number of earthquakes, most notably the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. The result is that there are lots of invisible cracks that make surprisingly good pathways for ... continued

A Wild, Wild Ride…in a Wheelchair

June 12, 2014
Whitley and I go to one of the local farmer’s markets several times a week. When we’re in the farmer’s market, I usually ride in my wheelchair—not because I can’t walk, but because it puts me at eye level with all the fruits and vegetables. We own a practical hybrid car right now, but we ... continued

How to Find a Mate: Consult your Ghosts!

June 8, 2014
When people tell me they are wondering who they should spend the rest of their lives with, I always suggest that they consult their ghosts. One piece of ghostly advice I got before I was married was to go to a comedy movie on the first date. It worked for us. We went to the ... continued

Greeting from a Ghost

June 5, 2014
A few weeks ago, I felt a ghost crawl into bed with me, and I somehow had the impression this ghost had been an actor. Since we’re only friendly with one actor–a female–I assumed that’s who it was. But a perusal of the internet and the obituaries revealed that she is, thankfully, very far from ... continued

The Yips

June 2, 2014
The ‘yips’ is a term golfers use to describe a condition where they become compulsively unable to sink balls. They’ve also learned that they’re more likely to sink a putt if they don’t try too hard to hit the hole. The New York Times offered the opinion recently that the ‘yips’ might extend to all sports. ... continued

Wise Women Who Wait

May 31, 2014
When our son was starting to study the classics in high school, one of the books he was assigned was Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ He said to me, ‘mom, why is she so famous?’ I replied, ‘She’s one of a group of women who overcame great hardship, then waited for their ... continued

Memorial Day, 2014

May 27, 2014
I’m writing this on Memorial Day. It might surprise you to know that Whitley’s family has had at least one soldier in every war our country has ever fought, from the Revolution to Afghanistan. That includes both sides during the Civil War, and one ancestor who died at the Alamo. So we feel this day ... continued

Unstuck in Time

May 25, 2014
I woke up today (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend) and realized that I’d gotten a message from Dog. (God, in my own special vision. To learn more, click here.) This particular message was about time travel. It started this way: First of all, I opened the Wall Street Journal and saw a story that was ... continued