Too Darned Hot

September 18, 2012
We're having something unusual for people who live near the ocean: a heat wave. Surprisingly, Whitley (who grew up in Texas without air conditioning) is having a harder time bearing it that I am. As the thermometer creeps up into... continued

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

September 11, 2012
Or maybe through the minefields, when it comes to 9/11, because it has a different meaning for everyone. We all remember where we were when events like that happened: when the Kennedys were assassinated, when the planes hit the Twin... continued

Scuzzy Grays

September 5, 2012
One of the most startling things you learn when you interview (and talk to) "contactees"--as I do-- is that the Visitors SMELL bad. In a past diary, I speculated that perhaps the Grays are autistic, based on the idea that... continued

Make ‘Em Laugh

August 29, 2012
There's a wonderful song and dance number in the middle of the film "Singin' in the Rain" in which Donald O'Connor sings a song called "Make 'Em Laugh." I'm in that strange position right now--we have a seriously ill friend... continued

The Jokester

August 23, 2012
We have a grownup friend with the sense of humor of an 11-year-old-boy. He lives in another city, but that doesn't stop him: he likes to phone us and tell us jokes from the kids' section of the Sunday cartoon... continued

A Heart in Many Pieces

August 15, 2012
Occasionally I read a biographical note about someone (usually a celebrity or writer) who is wedded to one specific place--a homestead, a landscape, a state or a country--has found complete happiness there and has vowed never to leave. I envy... continued

Aging Beauty

August 8, 2012
As I write this, we have just finished watching our friend Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' excellent documentary about aging models: "About Face." Tim was the director of XXX, a documentary about porn stars that Whitley appeared in. I grew up with these... continued

The Wild, Wild West

August 1, 2012
When I look at the list of seemingly senseless massacres that have occurred in the US over the last few decades, I notice that a good number of them have occurred in the West, especially in one state: Texas. I'm... continued

My Big Fat Greek Foot

July 24, 2012
I've been hobbling around in what I call "das boot" after a recent operation to correct my "Greek foot." If you've ever seen images of Greek statues (or the real thing), your eyes start at the head, then travel down... continued


July 11, 2012
The recent conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on several counts of pedophilia brings that awful topic to the news again. We've all heard hundreds of stories about pedophile priests, as well as similar actions by... continued