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 »

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  • Open Mouth. Insert Foot.

    Mitt Romney’s handlers determined he should keep a low profile this week. I’m not sure why they would want to keep him away from the media though…. “One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.” “Corporations are people… Read more »

  • Candyman! Candyman! Candyman!

    As I sat down to write this blog, I wondered if I should be writing about the upcoming presidential elections or about Halloween. Although Mitt Romney is certainly as frightening as any character from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, I was able to come up with an angle that will allow me to write about… Read more »

  • God works in mysterious ways

    Recently, after leaving a bathhouse in San Francisco through the rear door, my mind somehow wandered to the existence of Sodom and Gomorrah. Well, first it wandered to a hot dog stand, and then back to Sodom and Gomorrah. While a handful of rogue scholars believe these two cities existed somewhere in the state of… Read more »

  • Bureaucracy

    Bureaucrat  bu•reau•crat / noun: a person who runs a company and steadfastly adheres to the rules and regulations without question or deviation. ———- A few weeks ago there was a fire in Detroit. No, there were no NBA playoffs going on. It was a good old fashioned, real-life fire. The fire department and paramedics showed… Read more »

  • Crystal Clear

    I recently watched Star Trek IV, the one with the whales, and was snickering when Scotty built a whale tank out of transparent aluminum. It was stronger than steel, completely sheer, and had to hold a ton of material, much like a Victoria’s Secret push-up bra. But it’s just Science Fiction right? Nope. It’s available… Read more »

  • Sick Day

    So you woke up sick today. No, the real kind of sick. Not the I just came home from a rave with blurred vision, profuse sweating, sore butt, and a dollar bill pinned to my collar. No. I’m talking about a legitimate cold or a genuine case of the flu. It’s 4 AM, and work… Read more »

  • The T-shirt Contest

    So last week I was surfing one of my favorite websites, The Chive, when I noticed a banner announcing a new t-shirt design contest. Now even though I am technically a writer, I am pretty good with Photoshop, so I decided to give graphic artistry a try. I looked at the t-shirts for sale in… Read more »

  • Resistance Is Futile

    Ah, the Borg. Those brutal, yet loveable robotic drones from the fictional world of Star Trek. The Borg, for those of you who don’t follow Star Trek, were a frightening species who went around the galaxy assimilating other races and making them part of their own collective society. The Borg assimilated their victims with the… Read more »

  • The Perils of Time Travel

    Yesterday, I received several comments on my recent blog where I posted some old photographs of the Back to the Future sets. One of the comments was how cool would it have been if Marty and Doc had travelled back to the time of Robin Hood. Ok. Let’s give it a try.   Draft 1… Read more »

  • The Hollywood Sign

    I was working on an article about the Hollywood Sign and had finished all the desktop research I could – the only thing remaining was a possible visit to the Sign itself. I contacted the trust that handles media inquiries for the Hollywood Sign, and they agreed to help me out. This was a remarkable… Read more »