Just because everyone's looking at you

For those of you considering participating in theater, let me give you a little advice--a tip from an old hand and veteran of the wars upon the boards waged in spirit gum and grease paint: When you're on stage and all the other actors fall silent wit...

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May 15, 2023
From fish to Twain and Branagh's Hamlet again

I went fishing one day this week on the reservoir. It's an annual ritual we do with some of our Fish and Game officers. I'll spare you the photo of me with the only fish I caught. The weather was great, but the fishing was not. Four guys caught 6 fis...

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May 01, 2023
Cabbages and dragons and manifold-daggered things

Exhaustion laden with disappointment -- that was my week. It was trial by day and play practice by night. 4 days of trial: A young victim's word against that of the defendant. Although her testimony rang true and the experts supported her, the defend...

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Apr 17, 2023
Look to your personal library and despair

To be, or not to be an extremist. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous categorization and take up books against a sea of troubles, and, by reading, defy them?To read: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub.Ap...

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Apr 01, 2023
What kind of girl introduces herself with a kiss

“Unfortunately, I could tell that she was not the kind of girl to introduce herself with a kiss.” ― Stanley Wheeler, SmokeThat seemed like an appropriate quote for the day after Valentines Day--and I love quoting myself. As for the question of what...

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Feb 15, 2023
A little wisdom from Machiavelli--or is it?

"He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command." -- MachiavelliI suppose that's one key to obedience. If I remember right from my reading of The Prince, many years ago when I was in college, Machiavelli favored being feared over being loved in...

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Feb 01, 2023
The subject has taken possession of the author

"It is not the author who decides on the subject, but the subject which takes possession of the author..." --Alexandre Dumas-- Wolf LeaderWhat has possessed you?As for me, I'm still obsessing with putting together book 6. I have written the first cha...

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Jan 16, 2023
A short story for your consumption

It's a new year, but it's also unlikely that any of us are going to make changes for the better -- at least not great changes. The key to meaningful and lasting change is to advance by small, attainable increments. Find one little thing and work on d...

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Jan 01, 2023