Archive for 2008

Parallel Worlds

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

    The tailcoat was electric blue, and being pressed up against the car, covered the window.   I’d seen something close to the tailcoat’s color in a peacock’s feathers, a shade less similar in a highland weaver’s threads, and a mild resemblance in the shimmering breast of a hummingbird flitting in and ...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Change

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

   "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned." – from the play "The Mourning Bride" (1697) by William Congreve.   Our new president campaigned on a promise of “Change we can believe in.”   But a funny thing happened on the way to change. It got sidetracked by the reality of ...

The Hat Photo

Friday, November 7th, 2008

I've been getting a lot of requests for a shot of me in the hat from the story The Hat Man, so here it is:  

Resistance is Futile

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Yesterday, election day, I read the book Common Ground by Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel. I highly recommend it, if for no other reason than its brief, excellent summary of modern-era American politics. Its subtitle and core message - How to stop the partisan war that is destroying America - is my own ...

Vote Today – Free Coffee

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

  Today, 4 November, 2008, is Election Day in the United States of America.   If you are eligible to vote, it is your chance to cast a ballot to determine the elected representatives of the citizens of the U.S. for the next two to six years.  

The Endorsement from Hell

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I was forwarded a copy of "The Endorsement from Hell," a recent editorial by Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times. My comments on the editorial follow the "Read more" link. Mr. Kristoff's editorial follows my comments.


Thursday, October 30th, 2008

  Hello, my name is Doug, and I am a stuff-o-holic. Click here for the rest of the story: .

Polywogs No More

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

  300 years ago in the Royal Navy, we would have been dragged through the ocean from a yardarm and nearly drowned.   Even today, in the United States Navy, we would have been obliged to drink and eat unspeakable concoctions in the service of Lord Neptune.   But we were not compelled ...

2008 September Photos Posted

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

  Photos from September 2008 are posted here: Photos are all from Peru and include: Nazca Lines Chicken Bus Roads Highland villages and agriculture Cordillera Blanca & Cordillera Negra (White Mountains & Black Mountains) Reed fishing boats ...

The Missing 12 Days of September

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

On the night of Wednesday, September 2nd, 1752, John Hackney closed his eyes and went to sleep. When he awoke to the dawn, it was Thursday, September 14th, 1752. Click here for the rest of the story: .