The subtitle to B.R. Myers’s A Reader’s Manifesto is An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose. This slim (89 pages) volume is indeed an attack, and it apparently struck its intended targets. After one lukewarm attempt at self-publishing the original manuscript under the title of Gorgons in the Pool, it was picked… Continue reading Book Review: “A Reader’s Manifesto”
The following story is included in the Christmas cards my mother sent out this year. It’s a true story; I know this because it happened to her. My 2005 Christmas Blessing On December 9, 2005, my younger brother in Salt Lake City received a phone call from a person whom he had never met, and… Continue reading The Kindness of Strangers – A True Christmas Story
In May, 2001 25 men and one boy set out across the Sonoran Desert, determined to cross into southern Arizona, between Yuma and Nogales, from their native Mexico. Crossing into the US was easy; finding their way to civilization was deadly. Fourteen of them perished in the attempt. Luis Alberto Urrea reconstructs the details of… Continue reading Book Review: “The Devil’s Highway”
You wanna tell a female lacrosse player that she can’t wear flip-flops? It’s your funeral, bucko.
Observing Memorial Day 2005
American husbands are doing more housework than their wives give them credit for…but it’s still probably not enough.
Ballroom dancing is harder than it looks. Especially if your corduroy doesn’t rub.
A tribute to the fabled Aggie Ring.
In which the concept of driving a car is equated to elevator music.
I was walking through our neighborhood this morning, trekking back home after dropping the car at the shop to have the alternator checked out, and as I passed in front of a large home the front door opened and a yellow Labrador retriever came bounding onto the circle drive. He zeroed in on the plastic-wrapped… Continue reading Work Like a Dog