Where Nightmares Come From

A break from Waiting for Westmoreland this week, for this tidbit from the writing group this week. It stemmed from the word “nightmare” in a “Nauseous Nocturne,” by Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson. I remarked on my first exposure to it that it reads like a combination of Edgar Allan Poe and Arlo Guthrie […]

Stardust–Joni Mitchell May Have Been Right

Nearly 50 years ago Joni Mitchell sang of the famous festival of Woodstock. She said in her counterculture song of the same name, “We are stardust.” Now there are scientists who say we may indeed be made of–or at least include in our DNA, not just an inheritance from Lucy millenia ago in Africa but […]

Living with a dog

Just a short something today–very short. Other things are demanding my time. Still, you may find this amusing if you, like my wife, thinks your dog licks too much. When she makes that observation to Max, he ignores her admonition and continues. I, on the other hand, may note this variation on an old expression: […]

The Thief With a Bellyache

The hungry thief made the most of the slim pickings he found in the remote cabin. He made a sandwich to go with stale bread and some dubious leftovers from the nearly empty refrigerator. He hadn’t targeted the dwelling in the woods, it came as a chance encounter while fleeing the police. His last heist […]

SPAM into SPAM

Think of the fortune that some techno nerd could make finding the secret technique of turning message spam into the real thing. Selected Pieces of Assorted Meat [one theory of the name’s origin]–SPAM. The US has its CAN-SPAM Act. The EU is even more stringent, with its double opt-in requirement for subscriptions. Few people like […]

Flotsam and Jetsam

I’m not sure from whence the information came–possibly one of those sites that publish stories on Martian babies born to celebrities. Unlikely that it came from Wikipedia. But I believe it anyway. Flotsam and Jetsam are twin brothers, most likely of Scandinavian descent. Some say they might have come from somewhere along the coast of […]

Shakespeare’s Sleep–Elusive for Some

He died at 52–probably a long life in the 16th century. Still, I must suppose that had Shakespeare lived another 15 years he might have worded these lines from Hamlet a little differently, To sleep, perchance to dream. Seriously, for most guys over 60 or certainly 65, it’s more like, To sleep, perchance to pee. More […]

Interpreting Dreams

Not your typical Valentine’s Day Fare, but I had so much fun with this last Tuesday when one of the writing prompts included excerpts from a book which today is most amusing. Perhaps people found it serious then, who can say. Here’s a couple samples from the book and my own take on dream interpretation. No […]

Kidney Beans

Amidst all the contentious campaign news in America, it’s time for a little humor to take the edge off. Are kidney beans good for your kidneys? I’ve never seen any reports that say so, but then I don’t pay much attention to the health food websites that get so confusing with their conflicting claims. Still, I […]

Lizard Love

Long, lonely months had passed since Karsh had last lain with Druna. His mottled crest rose stiffly as he darted to her side, claws poised to meet any playful resistance with faux force. With nostrils flaring, Karsh nipped her neck, holding Druna steady as he swung his golden tail beneath her. As much as she […]