Categories Archives: Presumptuous Poignancy

Housing Help

It’s official.  President Obama’s stimulus package is law and, come March 4th, some of that money ($75 Billion but likely much more) will theoretically begin to flow to struggling home owners facing foreclosure.  If you are a homeowner (like my wife and I) and you aren’t facing foreclosure (like my wife and I) because you’ve been keeping […]

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Some time ago a writer friend of mine named Jean suggested a book called Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers by Susan Shaughnessy.  Each page begins with a quote from an author, then a brief essay and finally an exercise.  I decided to turn to a random page, read it and perform the exercise.  […]

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Yes We Can

“We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.”  –Titus Livius “Anger is nothing more than an outward expression of hurt, fear and frustration.”  –Dr. Phil Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and one day before the inauguration of our first African-American president, it’s difficult to not at least assess the state of […]

Home for the Holidays

Hello, friends.  My apologies for being away for so long.  Even though you don’t ask for them, I realize how much you rely on these unsolicited essays, and I have been slacking, but now, I’m sitting here at the computer with a mug of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and my fingers are performing their final safety check before […]

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After some requests to know how my 39th birthday was, I’ve decided to use this forum to respond.  Let me first thank both of you for your curiosity.  First, I believe that, after a certain age, shots are no longer celebratory but strictly medicinal.  The sheer effort that is required for my aging body to […]

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Happy Birthday to us all! Everyone!

My wife recently turned 30 years old, and I couldn’t be happier for her.  I know it’s considered bad form to ask or reveal a woman’s age, but I think that particular tradition is a remnant of the days when our life expectancy was around 35.  These days, I’m not so sure.  After all, now we have shows […]

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Why Improv?

How does the brain work? For all of the experiments that have been conducted, we’ve established that the brain is essentially a computer whose purpose is to process the input from our senses and catalog stimuli.  Using an almost infinite combination of neural nets and associations, it then attempts to predict what will happen in […]