The story of the ugliest Christmas ornament

December 5th, 2016

It's December! I'm behind in my holiday preparations, but at least I've raised my tree and unpacked the decorations. While doing so, I again noticed one ornament that's been in my family's Christmas inventory forever. From maybe 3rd or 4th grade (I'll have to check). What, you can't tell what it is? This is a pull-tab flower ornament, the pet... Read More

Falling has fallen

January 28th, 2016

When I composed my author bio two years ago, I said I enjoy desert trail running and I’m “particularly good at falling down.” Back then, I had an irrational aversion to slowing down on training runs. For that, I sometimes paid the price, though I'm lucky I never had any serious injuries. I've most often tumbled during the Arizona summer as ... Read More

Not so far-fetched after all…

September 28th, 2015

An interesting article I recommend for MOD readers! http://fusion.net/story/204316/darpa-is-implanting-chips-in-soldiers-brains/   Read More

Giving ASICS my two weeks’ notice

April 6th, 2015

I've been an ASICS guy since high school. The shoes have always seemed to fit best and never cause a blister. But over the last decade, I've found that some of their models are hit and miss. I'm not sure if it has to do with their shoe quality, my age, or my current ignorance in finding a good match. It doesn't have to do with price—I've bought mo... Read More

Escape is never boring

February 7th, 2015

Escape is one of the strongest themes in literature and film, especially in the thriller genre. I'm a sucker for prison breaks, daring rescues, and even the slow, methodical pursuit of feeedom if well-plotted. It's a suspense and action hook that never grows old. Add mental or emotional escape to a physical escape (an advantage a book has over a... Read More

Happy Veteran’s Day

November 10th, 2013

I was 24, walking through Newark airport in uniform, when I paused in the concourse. I think it was to glance at the gate information. I don't quite remember that part. A woman, about fifty-years-old or so, lightly grabbed my elbow to get my attention and asked, "Can I give you a hug?" Not one to turn down a hug, I smiled and said, "Sure." Wh... Read More