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
Back when I was in high school (during the Punic Wars) I was involved in several extracurricular activities, mostly revolving around theatre. But I did take a whirl in that very conservative, very business oriented organization known as Junior Achievement. The deal was to create a mock company, build a product, sell it to reluctant … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Serious Fancy Event with crazy tuxedo selection
Some say that today* is National Iguana Awareness Day. Some will say that the day is to help educate you on how to better keep these lizards as pets. Others will tell you that it is to warn you they could fall out of trees on top of you.** That last one takes some explaining. … Continue reading Look out above for National Iguana Awareness Day
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
On this date in 1940 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of my favorite places to be. I recently took another motorcycle trip through my happy place, for the first time with a riding partner. Acie Lee Williams and I had a great time. I was thrilled to introduce him … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Recent and long past rides in the Great Smoky Mountains
Great American Ballpark - the home of the Cincinnati Reds Welcome to September and the unusual (at least recently) sensation of the Cincinnati Reds being in contention this late in the season. For the last couple of decades we could count on a June or July fade but my Redlegs are actually angling for a … Continue reading Down the stretch with my Cincinnati Reds
Today is my mother's birthday and I've celebrated it on previous years in this blog. Mom is notoriously camera shy so I used photos from her graduation and wedding when she was required to pose. Once I even used a photo where she was wearing a helmet on the back of my motorcycle. But for … Continue reading A special happy birthday to Mom!
August 26 is National Dog Day and this year it falls on a Throwback Thursday. I have known a number of great dogs and know some fantastic ones now (speaking of you Kane!). But today is all about our small dachshund Snooper that we got when we lived in Cincinnati and transported to Florida when … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A National Dog Day Remembrance!
When I was growing up in Ohio, our parents would take us to Dairy Queen from time to time for a special treat. When we were very young we were only allowed a Dilly Bar (vanilla ice cream in a chocolate shell). As we grew older we could move up the menu and the Peanut … Continue reading National Banana Split Day
I am still learning my way around the neighborhoods of Central Florida but one thing I know is that we are well within the bounds of Waffle House Nation. When I lived in New York City the closest Waffle House was in Pennsylvania, not far from the New Jersey border. But here in Florida they … Continue reading Celebrating National Waffle Day in the land of Waffle House!
Having arrived in Florida in the midst of Hurricane Season, I am keeping a close eye on the tropics, as they say here. Getting here was a bit of a hurricane dance as well. I had precious little control of dates and process after I signed the contract to sell the apartment in New York. … Continue reading A Ramble on avoiding disasters and dancing with Hurricanes
With the wonderful ride I just completed in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, my memories went back to the vacation I took there in 1990. There were lots of wonderful activities but one of my favorites was a white water rafting trip that was both exciting and frustrating. Here is a photo the rafting … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – White Water Rafting in the Smoky Mountains
Sorry that you've been inundated with pictures from the motorcycle trip I have been taking with Acie through the Skyline Drive and the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. There are lots of photos and videos that I must sort through and process later. I will revisit this adventure with new images in the future but two … Continue reading A Fitting Finale to an Epic Adventure
It just so happens that World Elephant Day falls on a Throwback Thursday. World Elephant Day is used to celebrate these noble creatures as they are endangered in the wild across Africa and South Asia. Now, how can I tie that in with a Throwback Thursday? Here's how... When I was growing up in Cincinnati … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – World Elephant Day
The first day for Acie and I to ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway was generally wonderful. We went from mile 1 heading south to about mile 200. There was a 24 mile detour through Roanoke due to roadwork on the Parkway. Though we had a nice lunch at a place named Macados, we agree … Continue reading Blue Ridge Parkway Thunder Storm
Day One of the Excellent Acie and Walter August Ride took us down the enter length of the Skyline Drive from Front Royal to Waynesboro, Virginia. I've done the ride several time but this was Acie's first time to run the entire road. It was a great day to ride motorcycles with only a few … Continue reading Skyline Drive – checked off, again
I have been looking forward to this morning for a very long time. Today Acie Lee Williams (aka Ace Montana) and I head out on a trip through the Eastern mountain pathways. We start this morning with the Skyline Drive in Northern Virginia, spend several days on the Blue Ridge Parkway and cap it off … Continue reading My epic mountain ryde starts this morning
Yesterday I posted this photo of my probably 11 year old father posing on a parked motorcycle. All that was penciled on the back were the words "Todd" and "1949." I recognized the driveway but couldn't identify who the motorcycle might belong to and asked for help from family. As usual, my family came through. … Continue reading Friday Follow-up to a Thursday Throwback
As mentioned earlier I am taking a special motorcycle ride this summer. It is scheduled to start next week and I hope to post some videos and pictures during the ride. It is scheduled to start at the Skyline Drive in Virginia, include the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and capped with a ride on the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Motorcycle Ride
You may or may not have heard but I am pulling up roots and moving to the state of Florida. I have lived in New York City for more than 23 glorious years and first fell in love with it when I visited when I was just 17 years old. As I was originally born … Continue reading Dual Citizenship, here I come Florida, ready or not
I am thrilled to announce that the Playwrights Round Table in Orlando, Florida will present my short play CELEBRITY DIVORCE in their LAUNCH Festival in January 2022. I'll be sharing more details as they become available and can't wait to see it performed! Watch this space for more news. As always you can find more … Continue reading Orlando’s Playwrights Round Table will present one on my scripts in January!
Growing up we were all given coloring books by authority figures to occupy our restless hands and test our creativity. Did you stay inside the lines? Did you use standard or creative color choices? Did you use crayons, pencils or markers? Did you create your drawings on bedroom walls? Naughty you. Over the last several … Continue reading National Coloring Book Day
In high school I was required to take a language course. I honestly wasn't interested in learning another language, heck, I can barely speak English. But then I learned if I selected Latin I would have to also study Roman and Greek history. That sold me. I love history, always have. And all these years … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – When in Rome, do as the hippies do…
Creme Brûlée is one of my favorite desserts. I even own my own kitchen torch to crisp the top. I also own special ramekins that are broad and have low sides to maximize the crisp surface. Here is the recipe I use and you can find plenty of others online. It is a decadent dessert … Continue reading National Creme Brûlée Day
Recently the union of actors and stage managers announced a change in how new members can join Actors Equity. For the next couple of years (and possibly beyond) one must only prove that you were paid in any previous production to get an Equity card. You must still pay initiation fees and dues but the … Continue reading A Ramble on Actors Equity Open Access plan