Stuck in a Laundry Basket

September 1, 2014
It’s very hard to predict earthquakes. So far, nobody has found a reliable method. There was just recently a major quake in Napa, the winemaking capital of California. It didn’t reach us down here in southern California, but I ended... continued

We’re Losing Our Clowns: ADDITION August 24

August 18, 2014
The recent suicide of Robin Williams reminded me that we are losing our clowns. They are so important, because scientists tell us that for optimal health we need to have at least one good laugh a day. A friend of... continued

Blue Pills, Blue Beads…and Seeing the Visitors

August 14, 2014
In my last diary, I talked about the color green. This time, I want to talk about blue—or rather, blue pills and other things blue. As you can imagine, I take many pills and supplements and in many different colors.... continued

Goodbye, Margot

August 6, 2014
Our good friend, wiccan Margot Adler died last week. Margot was an NPR reporter and she was also a Wiccan. We never knew for sure if she believed in an afterlife, but as the dead now so often appear in... continued

Baseball Blast from the Past

July 15, 2014
The baseball season is half over, and I've been thinking back over my own a fan. To be exact, a Yankees fan. Being a fan is something you take with you wherever you go. I notice people wearing their... continued

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... continued