Corn Flakes Don’t Make Me Happy

Here’s a short story I wrote based loosely on my favorite uncle’s trip to Las Vegas a few years back.   “Hello, Mitch,” said the deep voice on the phone. “It’s Cousin Larry.” My stomach tightened. Whenever Larry from Detroit calls, it’s bad news. “What’s up, Cuz?” I asked, trying to sound casual. “How’s Uncle…
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Reflections on 60

I turn 60 in less than a week. As you might expect, I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. Here’s what I’ve come up with: It happens fast – My dad told me this many years ago and he was righ It’s like your car’s gas tank; the first half takes forever to go…
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Ten Books That Have Stayed with Me

Recently a thread has been bumping around on social media called “Ten Books that Have Stayed with You.” This doesn’t necessarily refer to the ten greatest books you’ve ever read, but more to the ones you think about from time to time, the ones that have become part of who you are. With that in…
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Chapter 1

On Sunday night I woke up pretty much once an hour to check my alarm. Funny how your brain won’t let you get a good night’s sleep when you have a big day in store. Of course, I finally fell into a deep slumber about thirty minutes before the piercing bleet-bleet-bleet managed to work its…
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A New Beginning

“Begin Again,” my favorite movie of this young summer, tells the story of a down-and-out record company exec (Mark Ruffalo), an up-and coming free spirit singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) and a breakout rock star who looks and sounds an awful lot like Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. It’s a solid follow-up to writer/director John Carney’s debut effort,…
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