Today is Mom’s birthday

Today is Mom’s birthday. She would have been 97 (and would have killed me for telling you that). Happy birthday, Mom!

Abetted by technology, corporate America has become Big Brother

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Better living through technology? Sure, when it works. But more and more I see technology becoming a dehumanizing influence on our lives, requiring that we spend more and more of our discretionary time on meeting the demands of the digital… READ MORE

I got a nosebleed – not a big deal, right? Wrong

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I got a nosebleed last night. No big deal, right? Well, not exactly. I’ve had nosebleeds my entire life. When I was a kid my bloody nose frightened my parents into taking me to the hospital at Keesler Air Force… READ MORE

Another kick in the teeth from the Florida Legislature

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The Florida Legislature continues to ensure Florida remains unaffordable to anybody who isn’t independently wealthy. The Legislature recently approved a measure, Senate Bill 2-A, which among other things requires people who insure their homes through the state pool, Citizens Property… READ MORE

Let there be light, and there I was – wobble

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This morning I became angry. For TWO YEARS I have tolerated relative darkness in my kitchen, all because the overhead flourescents had grown dim. They needed changing. The replacement lights had been sitting on a cabinet in the dining room…. READ MORE

Just got back from my first real vacation in 24 years

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It was my first real vacation in 24 years. I’d sneaked in weekends here and there – three days in backwoods Louisiana, where the kudzu is thicker than the Cajun accents, or a weekend of schmoozing at a writers’ convention… READ MORE

It really is OK for men to cry

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I’ve become a cry baby in my old age. I cry at movies – moments where the couple meet and finally – FINALLY – realize they love each other, and as the music swells, their lips come together … and… READ MORE

An excerpt from my novel ‘Black Tide’

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This is a scene from my novel “Black Tide,” which I hope to begin shopping to an agent later this year or next. In this scene, Fred, Heather and Scotty are trapped on a spoil island in Santa Rosa Sound… READ MORE