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D is for Downtime

Saturday with no major obligations means a little time relax. Today that meant… …a little reading… …watching a little rugby (sporting many layers and drinking a venti latte) …some quality Spenser time… …dinner = Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burger, Wegman’s 7 grain salad and a Southern Tier IPA. All together not a bad day. […]

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C is for Creativity

C is for Creativity

Creativity intimidates people. They treat it like some mystical, esoteric elixir bestowed upon us grudgingly  by some penurious muse — the purview of artists and writers alone. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Creativity is everywhere and within reach of everyone. A dad who finds a way to coax a reluctant child to sleep. […]

B is for Barking

B is for Barking

Which this little guy…. ..does plenty of. I have employed various strategies to reduce his barking, such as yelling, “Stop barking!” or “Hey, stop barking!” or “Enough barking!” Surprisingly, none of these strategies has worked. Once, in frustration, I smacked him on the nose. He smacked me back (Not kidding). He climbed up on me […]

A is for Awkward Photojournalism – The Return

A is for Awkward Photojournalism – The Return

This was a long-standing feature of my blog. Just sharing pictures of oddities I came across in my travels. . This disappeared when I discovered Instagram. You are welcome to follow me there, but I have to warn you that it’s very wiener dog heavy. This is apparently a problem at Wegmans. They have live music […]

It’s April. Time for Writeapalooza

There are a couple of writing challenges that begin in April. One of them is Camp NaNoWriMo. This is part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) , also known as “let’s try to write an entire novel during the business month of the year for everyone who is not an accountant.” Think about it. People are […]

March Madness #wagginnotbraggin

March Madness #wagginnotbraggin

Spenser the Dog and March Madness My dog Spenser decided that he wanted to fill in a bracket for this year’s NCAA basketball tourney. But with a limited vocabulary and no opposable thumbs, he could neither fill out the bracket himself, nor read me off his choices. It was time to come up with an […]

Get Ready for the Next Blogging U. Challenge: Writing 101

Get Ready for the Next Blogging U. Challenge: Writing 101

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
Feeling a bit bereft now that Blogging 101 and 201 have wound down, or just looking for a way to cultivate good writing habits? Never fear, Writing 101 is here! (Well, it will be here, starting June 2.) Our next Blogging U. challenge moves away from the technical and design aspects…

Know Everything and Control Everything: 2 Apps to Try

Here are a couple of the latest (Yay! Free!) apps that I’ve tried. No surprise that I found them through Lifehacker. The first is Circa. (iPhone or Android) Circa is a news aggregation site (with Real news even). You can stay with the Top Stories default or check out national or world news, politics, technology, […]

My Plan to Become a Born-Again Voracious Reader

I’ve been a big reader for as long as I remember. The last few years I have been slacking off though. Mostly because there are a million distractions from binge watching Vampire Diaries to live tweeting reality shows to trying to find the end of the internet. I think another problem is that I tend […]

When Women Go Off-Duty.

I was reading an interview of David Sedaris in the October 2013 (I know) edition of Writer’s Digest and he mentioned a conversation he had with a woman at one of his book signings: “I heard on the radio that you were going to be here. Normally I take my bra off and it’s off […]