“The Point of The Highland Thistle” At the Vernal Equinox, the Scottish Highlands have always yielded before their Dark and Mercurial Sky, who once again is forced to endure Lady Spring’s conspicuous and gaudy arrival. As She approached, the curmudgeonly Sky, turned and peered into the distance, greeting her only with silence. Lady Spring, irritated […]
Tolerance, a double edged sword
I love the words “to tolerate” Ever Sardonic to the end Yet so peevishly human For our existence demands it presence Thou Valor refuses its aim As history shows its futility We endure those who preach it For tolerance is thought a virtue And to be intolerant, considered a sin yet a Tyrant counts on […]
Think being a Parent is hard, wait until you’re a Grandparent.
What is the hardest job in the world? The answer is, of course, subjective. At the end of the day though, I thought that being a parent ultimately topped the list. I was wrong. Becoming a parent, requires only that you participate in the act of procreation and nine-ish months later, you’re a parent. Don’t […]
Through The Looking Glass
The reflection in the store window followed my every movement. The Edges blurred, the detail faint yet, familiar. I paused and peered deeply into the glass; It was my Father, it was my Sons.
Karma; I’m Now a Believer
The World: Hey Michael, Karma called looking for you. Me: Crap! What did she want? The World: I don’t know, but she was really pissed! Me: What did you tell her? The World: I told her right where to find you. Me: Why would you do that? You’re not still mad about the… The World: […]
What I learned From the Playground Bully
During my childhood, the playground bully was a staple; usually ruling recess with an iron fist. While I went to great lengths to avoid his and at times her attention, some days it was my turn in the barrel and that was the accepted reality of the times. The bully’s of my youth were usually […]
The Modern Prometheus; Trump, Bolton and The Political Experiment That Haunts Me
About 5 years ago, I was watching one of the TV news channels, when this bitter sounding man began speaking about world conflict. He was providing critical analysis about the way in which America was influencing the world politically, and he didn’t seem very happy about the way it was currently being conducted. I remember being surprised at how quickly I developed a […]
The Secret of my Success; One Scoop at a Time…
I’m working in the yard doing the most unpleasant of jobs; filling a large orange bucket with crap from our dogs. When the kids were young, we called it potty patrol. Now that they’ve grown up and gone, the task falls to me and apparently, I’ve been derelict. It seems that our two black labs, […]