I was at the bank a couple days ago, frustrated that the three tellers all working with customers were taking forever. A man with a cleanly shaved head wearing a black suit and very dark squared glasses and I were the only people waiting… and waiting. He was behind me, stone-faced; I wondered if he were seething more than I was frustrated so I casually approached him. “These people must all be wanting ten thousand dollar withdrawals…all in dimes,” I jested. The barely discernable gripping of his jaw … [Read more...] about HE CALLED HIMSELF O’CONNOR
What's 100% True? We're told that a picture tells a hundred stories; the one above only one, truth. I'm aspiring to get as close as I can. That said... I had an amazing experience (one I’ll share in due time) that influenced me to add a new dimension to my writing. My blog, 97% True, is composed of true stories with a dash of fictionalizing tossed in for flavor. Now I’m going all the way (except, for obvious reasons, to conceal names), 100% True pieces. They’re going to be taken from everyday incidents … [Read more...] about WHAT’S 100% TRUE?
“Regretfully we report that Sir Henry Higgins, the celebrated English Cocker Spaniel family pet, has ceased to bark,” the distinguished announcer informed the evening news. For some time his home has been pin-drop quiet owing to a void of woof-woof, arf-art, ruff-ruff and bow-wows. Unconsciously, as a result of the unprecedented silence, the parents began filling the emptiness by…talking to one another. The conversation swiftly focused on the little beast and finally one of the two geniuses spoke … [Read more...] about THE GOLDEN YEARS FOR DOGS MIGHT BE VERY QUIET
Using Trump’s administration to highlight its point, Beyond hypocrisy, suggests that the concept of truth has been “trumped” by nihilism, a creeping denial of the existence of any basis for knowledge or truth. Before we start salivating over the prospects of this new standard of ethical depravity, believing we might claim to have paid our taxes when in fact we know we have not, let us not forget that the germ of intentional, opportunistic deceit and dishonesty is, and has been for many generations, an … [Read more...] about HYPOCRACY VS. NIHILISM
Now is your chance to commit murder without risk of punishment. How is that for a treat? After all, who hasn’t had the impulse to kill—a disturbing neighbor, cruel spouse, disobedient child or wrathful ex-friend? We don’t because we know it is morally wrong, and will surely cost us the privilege of living as a free person. But what if you could commit terminal murder, and do it without a bullet, knife or club? Kill Siri!! I’m not presenting this short piece as a joke. I mean wipe her out of the sound … [Read more...] about KILL SIRI!
If I were of the mind to post a new theory in psychology pertaining to relational longevity, I’d focus on dependency as a key variable. In a very unsophisticated and crude manner, adhering to none of the tenets of scientific research, instead relying on…let’s say decades of experience and observation, my findings suggest that there would be an interesting association between sustainability of a relationship and dependency. Here’s how I see it. It’s not so much a question of too much or too little need … [Read more...] about Blessed Dependency