Someone posted “Why be normal?” as their Facebook status a few minutes ago and I had to fight the urge to unleash a torrent of reasons why being normal isn’t such a bad thing. For one, it goes a long way towards keeping you from being locked up.

Pronouncements like “why be normal,” “march to the beat of a different drummer,” “think outside of the box,” and “draw outside of the lines” are trite, hackneyed phrases that scream of hypocrisy and make my eyes roll back into my head so far I’m afraid I’ll need to learn to read Braille…

Blogger’s note: I wrote this post about Burt Reynolds’ last movie back in June. I am glad that he had an opportunity to make it before he died on September 6, 2018. RIP Burt!

I stumbled upon a film on Amazon Prime called The Last Movie Star starring an 82-year old Burt Reynolds essentially playing himself as an 82-year old former film star faded into obscurity. Reynolds character is invited to an independent film festival in Nashville to receive a lifetime achievement award. …

I just returned from a family vacation at the Disneyland and California Adventure resorts. It was the third trip for to the parks for my family and about the 13th for me (including one trip to Walt Disney World when I was in college).

I have mixed feelings about Disney. When I was a kid, one of my favorite programs was Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. It came on every Sunday night and was hosted by Walt Disney himself. …

“Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Stinky Cheese Man!”

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Of all the books I’ve read my children over the years, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales has got to be the only one that has entertained me much more than it does my kids. Shoot, I’d read it even if I didn’t have kids. The book is sheer genius. For one, it makes fun of the fairy tales that we’ve heard ad nauseum since…

It has been an uncharacteristically sunny summer in Seattle. So much so that when I stepped off from the train this morning I was shocked by some drizzle. How soon we forget. Because when fall comes, this is likely to be the norm, not the exception.

It actually rained a bit yesterday as well, but it more of the teasing variety that never really delivered. I was sitting down on the walkway below one of our decks picking up bits of broken glass when the drops descended. The broken glass was from one of the glass panels that line our…

No, this isn’t a post about Elvis. We watched a 3-D film at the Pacific Science Center IMAX last Saturday about astronomers who study the far reaches of the universe using super big telescopes. And they made the point that, because the stars they were viewing were so far away, the light they were seeing was from millions of years ago and the stars themselves likely had died long ago.

Far out.

As the astronomers watched imploding stars and exploding nebula, they also postured that we, humans, earth and everything were made up from the same elements as the stars…

I used to pride myself on having a great memory. I could vividly recall experiences, people, places, and things people said. I’ve never been so good with names, but faces I would pretty much always remember. And having been semi-invisible most of my life, I have often remembered people who I’ve met or seen even when they don’t have any memory of me.

I still remember things. But unless I make a conscious effort to dig up the memories I’ve discovered that more and more they have soften and become a bit fuzzy around the edges like and old school…

When I was growing up, when it came to television, you pretty much had three choices: NBC, ABC and CBS. Though, in Boise, as I recall, there were initially only two channels, Channel 2 and Channel 7. So, I’m a bit confused as to what happened to one of the major networks. Eventually we had Channel 4, but that was PBS and not really worthy of recalling (I never got into Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers and I don’t really care how goat cheese is made). But I digress.

My point, if there is indeed a point in any of…

My latest binge watching craze on Netflix has been the TED videos. And no, these are not videos of my brother Ted. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. And the videos are a series of experts on various topics condensing years of study into a 20-minute presentation.

The beauty of the TED videos is that you can binge watch television and delude yourself that you are at least expanding your mind. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a TED video on that very topic.

My favorite TED video so far was one by psychologist Daniel Kahneman about…

Sounds of laughter shades of life

are ringing through my open ears

exciting and inviting me

Limitless undying love

which shines around me like a million suns

It calls me on and on across the universe

— John Lennon, Across the Universe

I was reading my son a small book about space the other day. Or more accurately, he handed me the book, asked me to read it to him and then proceeded to climb on my back and drive a small model car on top of my head while periodically asking me why Nemo went down the toilet. …

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