Small Ball


Training the Dragon

This month brings my fourth NaNoWriMo (including camps) since 2012.  But this time its different. I’m starting a new novel for which I have done some vague outlining. (I am following Libby Hawker’s Take Off Your Pants! It has already been of help for the outlining process). What is new and […]


My First Drabble

One of the greatest challenges of reporting for KYW Newsradio was the 45 second time limit on our reports.  If my recorded piece came out to 55 seconds, I needed to go back to the script and find 10 seconds of copy to cut.  I despised the limit, because I […]


Maybe Mito Needs Its Own Challenge

As the national media was focused on all the ALS ice-bucket challenges, September was Mitochondrial Disease Awareness month, though few in the national press noticed.  So I’m going to do my own meager awareness thing by repeating a portion of my eulogy for Aaron pertaining to the disease.  Forgive my […]


A Cat’s Tale 1

Nearly twenty years ago, in December of 1994, Clarice and I had what seemed like a good idea, but in fact was a terrible one: we would get our friends Patty and Jon a cat.  As a surprise. Note to self: giving pets as a gift is not a good […]


Of Doomsday and Cellphones

The Doomsday Book is a 1992 novel by Connie Willis that won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, the two highest honors in science fiction.  This summer, two decades after publication, I began reading it and didn’t get too far.  The reason points to one of the predicaments of science […]