When circuit boards replace synapses…

Please lend me your ears. That is, if you’re not using them – or what’s between them. Many people don’t listen. To themselves. Or to anyone else, either. No, I’m not talking about ego, insecurity and… Read More

Hello, I must be going.

Thank you, North Carolina. You’ve been good to me. I’m pretty sure I’ve returned the favor, but I’m glad to be gone. We’ve each changed over the past 40-odd years. You’ve given me lifelong friends and… Read More

I was caught in the spin cycle of a bot machine

I’m old enough to remember watching dirt being invented. But that doesn’t mean that every now and then I don’t get surprised – like when I got caught in the spin cycle of the political bot… Read More

Is uncaring incompetence the new norm?

Or has life always been this way? Those of you who know me from my home remodeling days may remember my understanding, if somewhat frustrated view of many of the tradesmen I dealt with – the… Read More

I’m learning another new language

Friends familiar with my lack of a dress code know that by the time I’m done with a piece of clothing it’s barely usable as a painting rag. S-o-o-o . . . when I decided my… Read More

Are you using or being used by religion? Here’s how to tell.

No matter the tenets of a particular creed, I’m pretty sure we can agree that most religions incorporate two basic purposes: instilling ethics and explaining the unknown. But church leaders politic for power. Church members proselytize…. Read More

Why I spend less time on FB these days

An open letter to all my friends and our big brother, Mark – Thought you might want to know why I’m spending less and less time on Facebook these days – and not “liking” or otherwise… Read More

A Tale from Banking’s Dinosaur Days

If you’re one of those who lived in those days the calendar calls BC or BCE. [Before Computer Era], please prepare to explain some things to our younger compatriots. Here’s how – and why – I… Read More

Trump & friends – where life imitates art

Trump, LePen, Brexit and the rest all share common fertilizer: it’s the disenchanted, disaffected and economically disenfranchised telling the system to f*^k off. Globalisation and its economic cousins have stolen self-respect and economic security from everyday… Read More

Hearing less but listening more.

A friend observed something interesting about me the other night. It’s not too surprising, since we’re usually blind, deaf and dumb to so much of ourselves. After a wonderful concert I was talking about some interesting… Read More