My New Children’s Book

I met with my editor on Friday, and these were the take-a-way notes for my newest children’s book: The words “lube” and “chipmunk” should not appear in the same sentence, let alone as the opening line from Chapter 1. The local spelling bee you described in Chapter 2 should not end with Charlie Sheen bludgeoning… Read more »

Mike Brady – Architect

It’s probably 40 years too late, but I would like to take a minute to honor the greatest architect of the 20th century – Mike Brady. No comprehensive list of modern and influential architects could ever be fully complete without extolling the amazing gifts and talents of Mike Brady. The astounding feat that Mike was… Read more »

An old conversation

It was an unusually warm summer afternoon in Jerusalem 3000 years ago. Mort, Sayid, and John had just finished playing racquetball and were sitting around the bar drinking Baoji wine. After a few minutes of guy talk, mostly about the new dresses that were showing much more ankle this year, Mort commented on the growing… Read more »

  • Steampunk Keyboard

    Steampunk is an alternate reality where the Victorian era has continued to flourish. In the same way electricity shaped the modern world, steampunk imagines the world based on steam power. Steampunk culture includes futuristic innovations as people of the Victorian era might have envisioned them, or modern technology reimagined and recreated for the Victorian age…. Read more »

  • Marshmallow gun 2

    Wow. I write a little blurb about building a marshmallow gun and I end up with more email than any blog post before it. Most of the emails came from kids that wanted to know more about building the gun, but I also received four emails from fathers who wanted to build them with/for their… Read more »

  • Drill Me!

    If you didn’t catch your local news last week, you probably missed out on the best story of 2012 – a male dentist was allowed to fire his female assistant because he was afraid he might one day have an affair with her. Yeah. You read that right. The Iowa State Supreme Court upheld a… Read more »

  • My Journal – 12/21/12

    As the world is ending today, I decided to post my final blog. Click on the journal pages below:                            

  • Marshmallow gun 1

    This  week, I spent the majority of my time working on the final rewrite for my book. During my writing breaks, I decided to try my hand at building a marshmallow gun – I figured I could whip something together in a few days. A marshmallow gun is basically a gun built from PVC pipe… Read more »

  • The End Is Near

    No, I’m not talking about the Zombie Apocalypse or the Mayan end of days (December 21); I’m talking about my first book. I spent the entire week working on the final revision, and probably have a month or so to go. It’s actually shaping up to be pretty good. Once I complete this final revision,… Read more »

  • Black Friday Bingo

    Welcome to Steve’s Casino and Grill. Why not try your hand at some Black Friday Bingo? Click Bingo card to enlarge.    

  • November 22, 1963, Part 2

    I decided to do a second part to my previous post and talk a little bit about Lee Harvey Oswald.  I watched last week as a memorial was erected in Texas to the police officer who died at the same time as President Kennedy, JD Tippit, and I was really appalled to see that the… Read more »

  • November 22, 1963, Part 1

    There have always been conspiracy theories. Sometimes the general public can’t accept that bad things happen for no reason or just happen randomly. Almost 50 years ago, the Warren Commission found that a lone gunman killed President Kennedy; that the assassin was a Communist and he acted alone. Since then, evidence has been piling up… Read more »

  • Words

    As an eBay addict, I have a lot of items on my eBay wish list. Whenever one of these items becomes available, I receive an email notification. The other day, I received nine emails for the same rare item. Nine emails for a rare item? Have people forgotten the word rare isn’t just how you… Read more »