For those of us with, shall we say, enough years of experience, the first thing we think of when someone says, “Reception,” might have to do with tuning an old TV using rabbit ear antennas and tweaking with endless adjustments to get a clear picture. American football fans might think of fine-tuning their skills to […]
You might be familiar with Total Tap Takeovers. These events are coordinated between individual breweries and restaurants to highlight one brewery’s offerings. Each beer tap is specific to that brewery until the kegs kick (run dry, empty out, fail to produce further pints, go all frothy, skunk…ahem). Brewery representatives are sometimes onsite to hand out […]
Life brings change. Some change is good; some change is bad. Most change is neutral. Change is as inevitable as the shift from day to night, sunrise to moonrise. Hence the tautology, It is what it is. Life delivered a great deal of change directly into the unsuspecting paws of Hips Rosenberg. Down one tail […]
Let me tell ya about a few things. First and foremost, “weekends” aren’t really a thing. What is a thing is taking a break, forcing rest, or just doing something other than whatever you usually do as your primary work. Secondly, which may also be first and foremost, is that “weekends” (or their relative counterparts […]
On a cold, bitter day when a chill rain alternates with biting sleet and frigid snow, and when ice seems to seep through one’s very veins, you know you’re in Central New Jersey in early winter. Mere thoughts of going outside are unwelcome. Actually, going outside is avoided. Warm, safe, and cozy are the aims […]
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about elephants is not usually pumpkins. That is, unless you’re thinking about a zoo, specifically, the Oregon Zoo in Portland.
Decades before there were lollipops stuffed with bubble gum or chocolate taffy, an entrepreneur created square hard candies that were individually wrapped in cellophane. He called them Charms. This changed my life forever. For my father’s mother, Charms were a little something to moisten her mouth, a little treat for a grandchild. For her, every […]
Have you ever wanted to curl up in a fetal ball and never leave your bed again? Not the best idea. This world is filled with ups and downs. Sometimes, the downs feel like they’ll go on forever. Highly improbable. Besides, from our Earth-bound perspective (actually, probably from any perspective), there’s way the heck more […]
We’ve come to the end. We’ve come to the beginning. We’ve come to the moment that sends us backward and forward like spiritual seesaws.
In this life, there are good things that everyone agrees are good (pajamas, Stanley Tucci). There are good things that some good people believe are bad (candy corn, the 2012 Les Misérables). Such persons are still good, despite being wrong. There are ambiguous things that good and bad people can fight about for a good […]