I like many puzzles, primarily word based puzzles like the New York Times Crossword Puzzle and Spelling Bee games. As I've mentioned before, my favorite word puzzle is the game Wordle. Each day a five letter word is issued and you have six chances to guess that word. There are various rules and I choose … Continue reading Celebrating Wordle on National Puzzle Day
Tucked away in a clearing of the forest at the Carney Island Recreation & Conservation Area is a local Marion County gem that is hard to find and not very well known. It is known as the Bradford-Barker House and was the center of the longest shootout in FBI history. Want to know more? So … Continue reading A Tour of the “Ma” Barker House
A Thesaurus is a valuable tool for a writer. But look up the word Thesaurus in a Thesaurus and it is difficult to describe briefly. Yes it is an assembly of synonyms and antonyms but there is no other good single other word for the book. They toss around terms like "treasury of words" and … Continue reading National Thesaurus Day
I have no idea why people with dogs just love to dress them up. And not just for Halloween. For any and every occasion. You would think they would get resentful or tired of the practice but for the most part, they seem to play along. Do you ever see a dog try to force … Continue reading National Dress Up Your Pet Day
This is the first of three posts where I will take a particular National Day and spin an extended Throwback Thursday based on memories of that topic... Not sure which interest this National Day serves but it prompts a memory of a rainy day when I was probably in about second grade. We lived in … Continue reading National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day
Before recently moving to Florida, I had spent 27 winters in the northern US (and 15 winters earlier in my life). I can assure you that my skin dried out, developed cracks and was a major irritation. The cold dry weather and extra dry indoor heating is a major contributor to the condition. But here … Continue reading Today is National Winter Skin Relief Day
National Technology Day on January 6th recognizes how technology changes the world and looks to the future of technology. As usual I seem to spend more time looking to the past. After yesterday's post about old-time computer stuff from the 1980's another memory popped up and I wanted to continue the thread for National Technology … Continue reading Today is National Technology Day
You bet I am a big fan of Chocolate Covered Cherries and their National Day, January 3. I've written two previous posts about them here on my blog and I'm happy to do so again today today. I mean who can resist their plain sweet goodness right before you. They seem to beckon you, whisper … Continue reading Chocolate Covered Cherries National Day (again)
Today is January 2 and is actually World Introvert Day. Count me in. Whereas some people attribute anti-social and stunted people skills to introverts, I view it as quite the opposite. In today's social media show-off culture and aggressive oversharing, some of us are quite comfortable in our own skin and don't need the constant … Continue reading Welcome Introverts, this is your day…
Yes, I've been missing from blogging for quite some time. Many reasons, no good excuses. A death in the family, a brush with COVID, lots of unexpected happenings, and general malaise all contributed. Once I stopped blogging it was hard to start back up. I didn't write blog posts, read other blogs, or even think … Continue reading Back to Blogging in the New Year
For those in Central Florida, hope you will come to see the play. For those farther away, please say a quick and quiet prayer that it goes all right. Been a long time since I was in quite this type of situation. Tonight is opening night at the Living Drama Theatre in Eustis, Florida for … Continue reading Tonight is Opening Night
My father died far too young, taken by his addiction to nicotine and cigarettes. I miss him a lot and thought I would dredge up two nice photos from the past. Below are photos of my father in 1938 and me in 1960. Both enjoying the sun on a blanket on the lawn. Happy Birthday … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – My father would have been 85 today
Sorry I haven't posted of late, been very busy and not looking to let up soon, but will try to post more often. However, I always try to post on World Theatre Day and I have a couple of bits of news on this very special day. My play "Celebrity Divorce" received its world premiere … Continue reading Some Local Theatre News on World Theatre Day
You may have heard of and hopefully have played a new internet game called Wordle. It is a simple but beguiling endeavor. It was invented by Josh Wardle as a fun word game for his partner and he posted it to be played for free on the Internet. It took off when he added a … Continue reading A Word on Wordle!
In celebration of the Cincinnati Bengals returning to the Super Bowl after an absence of more than three decades, I will post a unique Queen City Flavor Experience each day until the big day. Many regions of this country developed food or drink preferences that have withstood the national big brands swamping America with their … Continue reading Celebrating Cincinnati Cuisine #3 – Goetta
Waaaay back in July (that seems a long time ago) I posted about a coming performance of one of my short plays scheduled in August in Fredericksburg VA. That was a busy time as we moved to Florida in August and so I could not schedule myself in to see the event. When I checked … Continue reading A pleasant surprise production…
I've only been doing Throwback Thursdays on a regular basis for less than a year. Since Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, you can be sure I will have to mount many of these entries over the coming years. Luckily Thanksgiving means a gathering of families and lots of photos along the way. I hope … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nope, this is not what you're thinking. Drinking to oblivion comes after the Thanksgiving Holiday from listening to your crazy relative explain all their political conspiracy theories to you over the turkey dinner. National Tie One On Day is all about helping out with the coming feast. Tie on your apron, roll up your sleeves … Continue reading National Tie One On Day
Here we are again where you will, whether you like it or not, reset your clocks tonight before going to bed, so that when it reaches 2 AM, it will be 1 AM and then, in an hour, 2 AM again. Where does the time go? Let's be honest. Does this mean that your vehicle … Continue reading Daylight Savings returns to Save your Daylight!
Yes, I know it is Wednesday, give me a minute to explain One of my favorite performing venues in the world is the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. I was part of a terrific team of people who opened the theater thirty two years ago today (November 3, 1989). To celebrate that … Continue reading A Triple Throwback Thursday salute to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts
When I lived in New York City I reviewed every play I saw, and that was quite a lot. I was lucky to be able to acquire inexpensive tickets (sometimes reviewer freebies) to a large number of events. Because theater in New York is big business and theater talent is concentrated there, I had high … Continue reading Three Reviews I Won’t Be Writing
Our family has a long tradition with Florida, going back to when my grandparents took their sons (my dad and uncles) to the state from Cincinnati to aid in their health growing up. Of course we often vacationed here when we were based in Ohio. As for me, I was born here, graduated high school … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Our families in Florida!
The pandemic shutdown of theater in New York was very hard to take for those of us who love the art form. While performers took to streaming, I never warmed to the platform. For some odd reason I enjoy sitting shoulder to shoulder with strangers to watch live performers. Not the best pastime during a … Continue reading Broadway takes a big step forward to returning
Whenever we reach a round number anniversary of a notable event the media pulls out all the stops in their coverage and special editions. I have written previously of my experiences on that date in New York City and will, briefly, here again today. But even before I moved to the Big Apple I often … Continue reading Personal Memories on the 20th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Five years ago today I started this simple little blog on a lark. I didn't have a product or a viewpoint to sell and I have never tried to monetize this blog. I talk about things I am interested in like theatre, food, books, observations and what I believe is humor (not agreed on by … Continue reading My Fifth Year Anniversary as a Blogger