Sunday, April 22, 2018

After all, it's only a haircut. Right?

I walked into Ulta in Florissant, Missouri at 10 am, not really knowing what I wanted. Judy looked at my hair for a moment, and then she said she was going to cut my hair like she would her brother’s hair, since it had about the same amount of curl and wave as mine, and I could let her know what I think.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


I was diagnosed with Chronic Pancreatitis just over three years ago. It’s a devastating, very painful disease, with a five year mortality rate of about 5%. According to my gastrointestinal doctor, mine is progressing at a pace to fall within that window. So, barring some sort of miracle, I’ve got 1 ½ to 2 years left.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

My Uncle Rufus The Cat.

I knew that would get your attention.

My Uncle Rufus was a stout little fellow. I guess you could say he had a Napoleonic complex. 

Actually, he and my aunt were my mom’s aunt and uncle.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Letter from Virginia O'Hanlon to the New York Sun.

Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897

Dear Editor---
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? 

Virginia O'Hanlon

Saturday, December 16, 2017

I Love You Santa.

I've been an assistant for the Big Elf for 40 years here in the Lower Forty-Eight. At this time of year it's hard for him to make all of his engagements, so he depends on people like me to fill in on occasion.

Last night I was appearing at a local church. We were having a blast. Lots of kids were getting pictures with Santa. Near the end one little girl (I'll call her Emma) came back. What happened next was a first in all the years I've been doing this.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Has Social Media Made Us Meaner?

I recently posted a status update on my personal Facebook page about getting control of a few things in my life. A friend, someone I’ve known for many years, commented: “If you can control all that, why can’t you control your weight?”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I really don't mind being laughed at.

In fact, I try to encourage it. It's in my genes. I come from a long line of amateur comedians on both sides of the family.